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Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!
by Larry David Tuxbury and Matthew McElligott
Kids' Wings Award for Outstanding Literature
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

Have you ever entered the Science Fair? Was it difficult deciding on the best project to do? Were you disappointed when things didn't work like you expected? If so, you will understand what Victor was going through. But Victor was a brilliant scientist who never wavered from the scientific method so things almost always worked out perfectly for him. His best friend, Scott, was his polar opposite. He used haphazard science and actually celebrated when a project exploded!

When an old man knocked on the door of the old brownstone where he and his mother rented rooms to try to make ends meet, Victor's life began to rock. First of all, this guy was creepy. He looked and dressed just like Benjamin Franklin! Second, his mother just tossed away his checklist of 15 things she must consider when accepting a renter! She explained that it was the handful of gold doubloons that convinced her. Victor figured they were fake, but they proved to be authentic and valuable enough to pay for a whole year's rent!

It wasn't long before Victor found the old man in a secret laboratory below his basement, lying beside a coffin filled with a glowing liquid and attached by metal knobs in his neck to an electric wire! After Victor performed a heroic, carefully planned rescue, the old man explained that he was indeed the REAL Benjamin Franklin who had been awakened from a state of suspended animation after over 200 years. How could this be true? Victor had a lot of questions he needed answers for. Like, who awakened him for a starter? And why was he here? What powered him? What would happen if he got too much or too little power? Would Victor be ready for the answers? Would he win the science fair? Maybe we should ask, would he survive the science fair?

Benjamin Franklin is about to lead Victor on a wild science fair ride, and Victor is about to try to introduce the famous American patriot to modern Philadelphia. Come along for a crazy trip where science meets American history and is zapped by a novel that hadn't yet be written!

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! is hilarious and becomes a catalyst for research to determine what is real in its science, inventions, American history, and Frankenstein connections. This book, woven into your classroom, will help your students understand what inventions really are and how the scientific method needs another ingredient: risk.

The 44-page Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, experimentation, writing, skill building, math, and authentic applications, all inspired this science fiction fantasy, interwoven with historical fact and fiction. Included is an interactive Jeopardy-like game that will conclude the study with fun.

Research Links
for Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!
by Larry David Tuxbury and Matthew McElligott

Author and Illustrator Matthew McElligott

Listen to the editor, Tim Travaglini, read a page

1000 Year Calendar Maker

Monkey See Potato Batteries Video
How to Make Potato Batteries
How Potato Batteries Work

Benjamin Franklin Quotes
Who was Benjamin Franklin?
Biography of Benjamin Franklin
Meet the Founding Fathers

Charters of Freedom
(Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Amendments, Bill of Rights)

Schoolhouse Rock: The Preamble to the Constitution

Who Was Alexander Graham Bell?

Frankenstein, The True Story on DVD, unrated

Writing Activities That Build Character Descriptions

Science Fiction Literature

Summary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus
The Original Text of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus

Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers by Larry David Tuxbury and Matthew McElligott

Aliens on Vacation,The Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast by Clete Barrett Smith
Atherton, The House of Power by Patrick Carman
My Light by Molly Bang

Comets, Stars, The Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian
Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Even Aliens Need Snacks by Matthew McElligott

 

You can purchase the 44-page unit for Benjamin Franklinstein LIVES NOW for immediate download for only $12.95! Includes a Jeopardy-type game.
Click Here to Purchase and Download

 

A Kids Wings unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! is now available for instant download!

The Unit Contains:
For the Teacher: Building Background
How a Battery Works/How to Make a Potato Battery
Researching Benjamin Franklin
Group Activity with The Quotes of Benjamin Franklin
Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Where in the USA is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
Vocabulary Lists and Activities
Making Connections: Prewrite Prompts for each Chapter PLUS Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Getting Started: Prologue and Chapter 1
The Diagrams: Pages 1-24
The Tenant, Visualizing Chapters 3-5
The Diagrams: Pages 32-65
Crossing Fiction and Science Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 6-7
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activity Pages
Activities for Visualizing Chapters
Dramatization of Chapter 10
What's Science and What's Fiction in Science Fiction?
Franklinstein Math
Multiple Choice Summaries
The Secret Code Puzzle
Comic Book Summary
Discussion and Writing Prompts for Chapter 20 and Epilogue
Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game





 

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Special Offer!
Benjamin Franklinstein LIVES is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!

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