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Your assignment is to research an invention. You will use guiding questions and a graphic organizer to guide your thinking and reading. This research guide is your starting place for information about the project.  

Think carefully about keywords you will use in your searches.

You must use, in this order:

1. Encyclopedia Britannica Online

2. World Book Online

3. if you need more information, search for your invention in Nettrekker

4. if you need more information, search for your invention in Discovery Education

5. and if you need more information, search for your invention in Sweet Search

6. There are some recommended websites for certain inventsions on this research guide as well.

7. Please use Britannica Image Quest for images if you need them.

Here are your assignment documents:

Nonfiction Invention Organizer (Pages doc)

Invention Research Guiding Questions (Pages doc)

Please ask if you have questions!


Search an encyclopedia:


    World Book


    Nettrekker Search Engine for School

    Discovery Education

    Click on the image to visit Discovery Education. Log in with your student username and password.


      Sweet Search: A Search Engine for Students


      Britannica Image Quest

      Use Britannica Image Quest to find photographs and other images.


      Cotton Gin

      Eli Whitney, The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop

      Cotton Gin and Eli Whitney,

      Cotton and African-American Life, Social Change and National Development, US History Online



      Lighting a Revolution, Smithsonian Institute, American History Museum

      History of the Lightbulb. United States Department of Energy
      Light Bulb - World Book 

      The Invention of the Light Bulb - Enchanted Learning website





      Steam Engine Railroad

      Early American Railroads, The Rise of American Industry, US History Online

      Inside a Locomotive, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania,


      Video Game (Electronic Game)

      Video Game History Timeline from the Strong Museum of Play

      PBS History of Video Games


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