Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor, Chapter 17 (BYFIAR)

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Chapter 17 was the final chapter in Popstar’s Beyond Five in a Row book, Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor. We finished it up back at the end of March.


(Please note: This post contains lessons from the Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 Manual as well as activities added  by me and inspired by other homeschool moms.)

Chapter 17 is called “The Lights Golden Jubilee” and in this chapter, Thomas is now 22 years old and has moved to New York City and then to Newark, NJ. He has bought his first “real” laboratory and is working hard at his experiments. He has many inventions and research done and builds a larger laboratory and there he invents the light bulb. He continued after that with many more inventions, over 1200 during his lifetime.

We spent one school day on this chapter.

Day One: Popstar read the chapter and completed the Writing/Discussion Questions in her notebook. After that, she read over the Bible lesson which was about Jesus being the light of the world.

Next, we moved onto the History/Geography Lesson on the Map of Edison’s life. We finished up the map by adding New York and New Jersey.



Next, we read over the History/Geography Lessons on President Herbert Hoover and The Great Depression. We talked about what the Great Depression was and added it to our Timeline Notebook.



The last thing we did was the Science lesson on how light bulbs work. We read over the lesson and then looked up some videos on You Tube. There are lots of them, but this one was very good. It was short and easy to understand.

How Light Bulbs Work Video


So that finished up Chapter 17 for us, as well as the entire book of Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor. This book was a lot of fun and definitely educational for both Popstar and myself!

She moved onto her next Beyond Five in a Row Book after this, Betsy Ross Designer of Our Flag and so I’ll be adding about that one soon. Things got pretty hectic the last half of our school year and I wasn’t able to keep up with posting about each chapter, so now I’m trying to play catch up!

Take care and Happy Summer!








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