Benjamin Franklin Printables

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Who Was Benjamin Franklin?

Benjamin Franklin "Life of Benjamin Franklin as written by himself," edited by John Bigelow, 1875
Benjamin Franklin as depicted in the frontispiece of: "Life of Benjamin Franklin as written by himself," edited by John Bigelow, 1875. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a key Founding Father of the United States. However, more than this, he was a true Renaissance man, making his presence felt in the fields of science, literature, political science, diplomacy and more. 

For example, Franklin was a prolific inventor. Many of his creations are still in use today, including:

  • The Franklin stove
  • Bifocals
  • A flexible catheter
  • The lightning rod

Franklin was deeply involved in the founding of this country and even helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Help your students or children learn about this wise and respected Founding Father with these free printables.

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Benjamin Franklin Word Search

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In this first activity, students will locate 10 words commonly associated with Franklin. Use the activity to discover what they already know about Franklin and spark discussion about the terms with which they're unfamiliar.


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Benjamin Franklin Vocabulary

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In this activity, students match each of the 10 words from the word bank with the appropriate definition. It’s a perfect way for students to learn key terms associated with this Founding Father.

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Benjamin Franklin Crossword Puzzle

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Invite your students to learn more about Franklin by matching the clue with the appropriate term in this fun crossword puzzle. Each key term has been included in a word bank to make the activity accessible for younger students. 

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Benjamin Franklin Challenge

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This multiple-choice challenge will test your student's knowledge of the facts related to Franklin. Let your child practice his research skills by investigating at your local library or on the internet to discover the answers to questions about which he's unsure.

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Benjamin Franklin Alphabet Activity

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Elementary-age students can practice their alphabetizing skills with this activity. They'll place the words associated with Franklin in alphabetical order.

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Benjamin Franklin Draw and Write

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Young children or students can draw a picture of Franklin and write a short sentence about him. Alternatively: Provide students with pictures of inventions Franklin created, and then have them draw a picture of their invention and write about it.

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Benjamin Franklin Kite Puzzle

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Children will love putting together this kite puzzle. Have them cut out the pieces, mix them up and then put them back together. Explain to students that in 1752, Franklin used a kite to prove that lightning is electricity

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Benjamin Franklin Lightning Puzzle

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As with the previous slide, have students cut out the pieces of this lightning puzzle and then reassemble them. Use this printable to give a brief lesson on lightning, explaining what it is and why you should be weary of it.


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Benjamin Franklin - Tic-Tac-Toe

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Prepare ahead of time by cutting the pieces off at the dotted line and then cutting the pieces apart -- of have older children do this themselves. Then, have fun playing Franklin tic-tac-toe with your students.