Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Resource Set

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Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta

Go beyond Ben’s most famous kite and key experiment with this nonfiction text. The colorful illustrations and lively presentation of the many inventions and contributions of Benjamin Franklin will grab your students’ attention. Use this text to encourage the development of comprehension strategies like asking questions, determining importance, making connections and predictions, and synthesizing.

Teach with Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Suffix “tion”
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Synthesizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.3 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 RI.3.8 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Asking Questions: 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Determining Importance: 3.10A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6E 3.6G 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Making Connections: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Making Predictions: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6C 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Synthesizing: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Word Work: 3.2A(i) 3.2A(ii) 3.2A(vi) 3.2B(i) 3.2B(iv) 3.2B(vii) 3.3C
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    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

    When readers are able to ask questions before, during, and after reading, they are thinking about what they need to know to understand the text. With Gene Barretts's Now & Ben and this asking questions mini lesson, students will be able to practice this important skill with a nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Determining Importance with Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

    Now & Ben by Gene Barretta is full of important information about the inventions and contributions of Benjamin Franklin. This focused mini lesson will show students how to sort through the information as they read to find the most important details to remember.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6E 3.6G 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Making Connections with Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

    Making connections is one way for readers to better understand a text. This set of resources will help students make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections using a nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Making Predictions with Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

    Making predictions with Now & Ben by Gene Barretta is an engaging way for readers to understand the text. This focused mini lesson will encourage students to think about how life might be different if Benjamin Franklin's inventions and contributions never happened.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6C 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Synthesizing with Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

    Many students already know some facts about the many contributions that Benjamin Franklin made. As they read Gene Barretta's Now & Ben, they will have the opportunity to gain new details that might change their thinking about this famous inventor.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.3 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 RI.3.8 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Word Work - Suffix "tion"

    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Ben Franklin is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about the suffix 'tion'. Either download the Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.2A(i) 3.2A(ii) 3.2A(vi) 3.2B(i) 3.2B(iv) 3.2B(vii) 3.3C

    Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Ben Franklin, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Resource Set.

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