Thomas Edison - February 11, 1847

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
~Thomas Edison~

Watch this video to learn about Thomas Edison.

Explore this timeline to learn more about Edison's Life.


When Thomas Edison was born, railroads were still new, most Americans lived on farms, and millions of people still lived as slaves in the southern United States. By the time he died the airplane and automobile had been invented, a Civil War and a World War had been fought, and most Americans lived in cities lit by Edison's electric lights.

CLICK HERE to discover more details about Edison's most famous inventions.

Look around your home and find examples of modern versions of Edison's inventions. In the comments section below, let us know some items you found and answer these questions.

How have Thomas Edison's inventions influenced modern technology? How have they improved the quality of your life today?

Timeline Time!!

Add a time span line and at least four events from Thomas Edison's life to your Famous Birthdays timeline. Login to Prezi HERE. Review the materials you already viewed to find events to add about his life to add to your timeline.

If you need a refresher on how to use Prezi, review the Unit Project: Famous Birthdays Timeline lesson.

Watch this video to learn why the development of Edison's light bulb has so important.

Why not try creating a light bulb yourself? Gather the supplies and watch the video before starting the project. Then create your own light bulb. **Make sure you have adult supervision for this project.

Take a photo or video of your creation and share it 2 ways.

  • Upload to Instagram and tag it #onlineunitstudies #thomasedison @techiehomeschoolmom
  • Upload your picture to your family's "Online Unit Studies" Pinterest board.

Supplies Needed

  • 8 "D" Batteries
  • Electrical tape
  • .5 mm pencil lead
  • Scissors
  • 2 wires with alligator clips
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Jar
  • Pie plate

If you have trouble getting your light bulb to work, make adjustments and experiment like the man in this video. Try adjusting the voltage and lead thickness.