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Famous People: George Washington Carver

These sites are about George Washington Carver, his life, his scientific achievements, and his impact on American agriculture. Learn about his national monument located in Missouri and how you can order a traveling trunk for your classroom. Also includes biographies, activity ideas, quizzes, lesson plans, and information about peanuts and sweet potatoes. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on writing biographies.


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This site includes background information and activities on George Washington Carver.
Learn about this national monument located in Missouri. This extensive site also includes quotes from Carver, lists of peanut products, and a photo gallery with pictures of this famous inventor.
This site includes a biography of Dr. Carver, vocabulary words, classroom activities, and a quiz. The focus is on helping students learn to do what is right.
Iowa State University has information about Carver, who was the university's first African American student and faculty member. Includes images.
This teaching unit is for grades 3-4 and includes background information about Carver. Scroll down for activity ideas.
This site exhibits many images and files about Dr. Carver's life. Click on "Next" to continue.
Read an article and then click on the "Carver Cloze Activity." Click on "Go to a Printout" for an illustration of a peanut plant anatomy.
Learn more about peanuts and where they originated.
This site has a drawing of Carver that you can print out and color. NOTE: The site includes ads and pop-up ads.
Read these fast facts about the famous scientist. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This six-page PDF file includes teaching units for grade 1-2 students. Students will learn basic facts about Carver, attend the class discussion, play some peanut and sweet potato activities, and sing a song about the scientist.
This site has lesson plans and information about sweet potatoes.
Students can read this encyclopedia entry on Carver. This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
These sites offer tips for writing biographies. There are lesson plans, helpful handouts, rubrics, and examples of biographies written by elementary students. Includes a video about the writing process.

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