I am so glad to see you back at the new series here at Mama’s Learning Corner: On This Day in American History!
On this day in American History, January 17, 1706, the legendary statesman, Benjamin Franklin, was born.
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January 17 – Birthday of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin – inventor, statesman, and printer – was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706.
1.) Download the Benjamin Franklin worksheet packet and complete the various activities about Mr. Franklin. (This is a free packet if you have an All Access Pass. Make sure you log in first.)
2.) Learn about Franklin’s invention of the glass armonica.
3.) Browse through a lengthy list of Franklin’s inventions and innovations. Make sure to click on each one and read the details!
4.) Research and write your answers in your notebook:
- How old was Mr. Franklin when the Declaration of Independence was signed?
- How old was he at the end of the Revolutionary War?
5.) Benjamin Franklin is considered to be one of America’s greatest polymaths. Look up ‘polymath’ in the dictionary and write the word’s complete definition, including the part of speech. Then use it in a sentence of your own in relation to Mr. Franklin. Do you know a polymath in real life? If so, what qualities or skills do they exhibit? Write about it in your notebook.
If you are new to On This Day in American History
If you are new to On This Day in American History, Welcome!
Each day, I share an interesting event that occurred in our nation’s past. You will learn about famous Americans, interesting inventions and their patents, American art and music, and more.
You will also find suggested activities – labeled “To do” – if you would like to research this during your homeschool’s group time in the morning, or you can assign the activities for your children to work on independently.
If you think you will do more than one day of On This Day in American History, I would encourage you to have your child keep what I call a Notebook of Knowledge. A spiral notebook or sheets of paper stapled together is more than adequate!
Have your child write the day’s event and the date at the top of his paper. If there are writing activities, have him use his best composition, grammar, and penmanship as he completes the answers. After just a few weeks or even a month, he will have an excellent resource to read through!
If you would like to use this resource throughout the month, you might be interested in purchasing the full January Calendar. It contains:
- Access to the webpage with all of the January events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the January Calendar, listed in chronological order with all suggested activities
- All necessary downloads to complete the assigned activities. These same downloads are linked on the webpage, however, they are also included here for easy access.
- The answers to any questions asked in the daily activities.
You can purchase that here: