Watch this book trailer:Benjamin Franklinestein Lives!

Who wrote this book?
Two guys Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury came up with the idea.


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Read Chapter 1 and 2: Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!
There is now a sequel out called: Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers.
Book Trailer for Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers

Coming in September 2012
Benjamin Franklinstein Meets Thomas Deadison
The REAL Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin Fun Facts:
Benjamin Franklin is the only founding father in the Swimming Hall of Fame.
as a youth, he didn't have much extra money. Franklin decided to become a vegetarian. He believed that eating a vegetarian diet was healthier than a diet filled with meat. In addition, meat was much more expensive, so by becoming a vegetarian, Franklin could save money to spend on books.

Benjamin Franklin loved to read, but he when he was young, he was very poor and could not afford books. What did he do? He gave up meat which was expensive and became a vegetarian. By saving money, Ben was able to save money to purchase books. He also felt it was a much healthier lifestyle.

10 Things you don't know about Ben Franklin

Franklin_1777.jpgThe Quotable Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a gifted speaker. In fact, he LOVED to talk and talk and talk. He was so good saying things that people began to "quote" him. This means they repeated what he said because they felt his words were important and had meaning for their lives. Plus, B.F, was a pretty funny guy.
Here are websites with some of Benjamin Franklin's best quotes:

The Electric Ben Franklin

Notable Quotes

Brainy Quotes-Benjamin Franklin

The Quotations Page-Benjamin Franklin

Social Studies for Kids-Franklin Quotes

bluebonnet_clipart.gifBluebonnet Book Club Projects and Activities:
What is a Pen Name?
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A pen name is a fictitious, or made up name, that an author uses when writing. Many authors use pen names for many different reasons.

Ben Franklin was a writer. In fact, he wrote several articles and letter to the editor of his newspaper using made up names, or a pen name. Why? He knew the importance of getting people to talk about important topics just like people use Twitter today. In fact, Ben would have made a great Tweeter.

He also drew cartoons like the snake cut into pieces that represent the American Colonies. He encouraged them to join together to become an independent country away from English rule.

Other words that have the same meaning as the term "pen name "are: Nom de plume, Nom de guerre, alias, moniker or pseudonym.

Set up a science demonstration in the Library Science Center. This will count for a Bluebonnet Project.
  1. Your project must include the following:
  2. A title name for your science demo. Ex: Crack the Code (a demonstration using invisible ink to send spy messages).
  3. Your name and grade level (Be proud, shout it out)
  4. Clearly explain what you are demonstrating. Make sure to clearly label the parts used in the demonstration.
  5. Your observations and comments.
  6. Sources: Where did you get your idea from and how did you research the information.
Ms. Murphy will help you with all these details.

Create a Jux book, video, or Wordle based on an inventor that interests you. This will count for a Bluebonnet Project.

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Experimental Fun with Franklin


Kid Friendly Science Experiments

Zoom- awesome science experiments

Steve Spangler- Science experiments


Matthew McEllilgott and Larry Tuxbury
Library of Congress
Franklin Institute
The Electric Ben Franklin