Ben and Me
Age 8-10: Concept 2 - Force and Power: Unit 1

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies unit Magnetism and Electricity.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Ben Franklin and the Colonies (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Setting the Record Straight
  • Lesson 3: Swimming
  • Lesson 4: Electricity
  • Lesson 5: Electrifying
  • Lesson 6: War
  • Lesson 7: France
  • Lesson 8: Amos's Account (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: The Rescue
  • Lesson 10: Back Home
  • Final Project: An Interview or Party for Ben (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Ask questions to get information. (Language Arts)
  • Communicate with an audience through print and dramatic interpretations. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct research on a variety of topics. (Language Arts)
  • Consider the difference among genres. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate learning and ideas through productions and displays such as oral and written reports, murals, and dramatizations. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the point of view of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts. (Language Arts)
  • Develop vocabulary through reading. (Language Arts)
  • Distinguish fact from opinion in various texts. (Language Arts)
  • Draw conclusions, make generalizations, and gather support by referencing the text. (Language Arts)
  • Edit for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and features of polished writing. (Language Arts)
  • Generate ideas for writing by using prewriting techniques such as drawing and listing key thoughts. (Language Arts)
  • Identify (with assistance) the purpose, audience, and appropriate form for oral or written presentation. (Language Arts)
  • Identify similarities and differences among characters. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the most effective features of writing using criteria generated by the teacher and class. (Language Arts)
  • Increase vocabulary by studying author's craft. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret and use graphic sources of information, including maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams. (Language Arts)
  • Participate in creative interpretation of text. (Language Arts)
  • Participate in rhymes and songs. (Language Arts)
  • Read and interpret a variety of texts. (Language Arts)
  • Read classic and contemporary works. (Language Arts)
  • Read from a variety of genres for pleasure and to acquire information. (Language Arts)
  • Recall text information in different ways. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize differences among genres. (Language Arts)
  • Record own ideas and knowledge of a topic in a variety of ways such as pictures and lists. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to stories and poems in ways that reflect understanding and interpretation. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to text by making inferences and drawing conclusions about characters and events. (Language Arts)
  • Retell a spoken message by summarizing. (Language Arts)
  • Revise drafts in order to achieve a sense of audience, refine word choices, and create vivid images (Language Arts)
  • Share written and oral products in a variety of ways. (Language Arts)
  • Use resources and references such as beginners' dictionaries, glossaries, available technology, and context to build word meanings and confirm word pronunciation. (Language Arts)
  • Use writing to express ideas, feelings, and experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes and audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Connect scientific concepts with the history of science and contributions of scientists. (Science)
  • Evaluate the impact of research and invention on scientific thought, society, and the environment. (Science)
  • Observe a simple system and describe the role of various parts. (Science)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas change over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among communities in different times and places. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the need for leaders in communities and describe their roles and responsibilities. (Social Studies)
  • Use appropriate source maps to locate communities. (Social Studies)
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