Benjamin Franklin

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Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was not only an inventor, but a scientist, soldier, politician, postmaster, and author?
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. He lived for 84 years.
Franklin was one of our country’s “Founding Fathers”. He signed the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris and the U.S. Constitution.
He is well known for his experiment with electricity, the kite and key with lightning during a thunderstorm. Franklin invented glasses called bifocals, too. Some of your grandparents may even have or remember his invention called the Franklin stove.
One of his famous writings is Poor Richard’s Almanac. It was written years ago and is still published and bought today. In this book, he gives facts about weather, and recipes. He wrote funny sayings and jokes in his works, too.

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Recipe : a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required

Electricity : a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (such as electrons or protons), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current.

Lightning : the occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder

Invention : the action of inventing something, typically a process or device

Scientist : a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences

Politician : a person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of or a candidate for an elected office

Constitution : a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed

Experiment : a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact

Invent : create or design (something that has not existed before); be the originator of

Famous : known about by many people


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