Downloadable Literature Guides


You can purchase the complete Kids' Wings 10-page unit for Thomas Edison, A Brilliant Inventor and Jeopardy-type game PLUS the 13-page unit The Boy Who Invented TV NOW for immediate download for only $11.95! 23 pages of activities! Sharable in your school. Click Here to Download

Let's take a trip back in time to investigate the evolution of
television! Have your grandparents told you about how they sat
and stared at a test pattern on an oval screen inside a heavy wooden case? Did they tell you how they whooped and hollered when the picture flickered? Did you know that even your grandparents and great-grandparents' television set was not the first?

Would you be surprised to know that a FARM BOY with an active, scientific mind who first began opening the door to the science of television? In this picture book biography, you'll see the farm boy looking at the stars but seeing inventors like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. You might think that walking behind the plow would be boring...but boring wasn't part of Philo Farnsworth's vocabulary! To him, plowing parallel rows including dreaming. Dreaming gave birth to an idea for how parallel furrows could become a format to transmit an electronic signal.

Kathleen Krull's story brought to life by the illustrations Greg Couch follows the life of Philo Farnsworth from age 3 through adulthood, his achievements, his problems with RCA, his automating of the washing machine, and the celebration of his inventions. It's one you don't want to miss!

Research Links for The Boy Who Invented TV

Webbing a Biography--Edison Example

Literary Connections

Thomas Edison, A Brilliant Inventor by the Editors of Time for Kids
Webbing a Biography--Edison Example

I Was a Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch, Kids Wings Unit in Tales for Two Centuries

Leonardo DaVinci by Diane Stanley, by Mary Jane Auch, Kids Wings Unit in Character Connections

The Snake Scientist by Sy Montgomery, Kids Wings Unit in Forged in the Fire

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery, Kids Wings Unit in Light in the Darkness

Kids Wings 5-Star Rating:

(Symbolizing high moral character in literature)

A 23-page paired activity guides for Thomas Edison, The Brilliant Inventor, PLUS The Boy Who Invented TV, The Story of Philo Farnsworth, perfect for lesson planning and handouts for projection on your SmartBoard for is now available!

The Kids' Wings Study Guide
The Boy Who Invented TV
Discussion Cards

Anticipation Guide
Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle
5-In-A-Row Science Vocabulary Game
Philo Crossword Puzzle
Map Study
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Visualizing the Story
Simple Electricity
Find Out About Inventors
There's More to the Story

Answer Keys


Thomas Edison and The Boy Who Invented TV are included in the Kids Wings Tempests and Teamwork Collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. Our Tempests and Teamwork package includes a site license for one school, a spiral bound book, and CD containing 29 titles with over 700 pages of activities, nine "Jeopardy-type" games, Karoke-type songs, and professionally recorded songs! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Tempests and Teamwork, you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each! This is probably the greatest bargain in the USA, as long as quantities last!



The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth


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