Now & Ben

by Gene Barretta

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Subjects – Benjamin Franklin, Inventions, Political Cartoon, harmonica, Bifocals, Electricity, lightning rod, Long arm(Reachers), flippers, Scurvy, Gulf Stream, fireplace ventilation, writing chair, library chair, rocking chair (with fan, churn butter), daylight saving time, odometer, first library, Home delivery Postal service, fire department, and sanitation department
Call # – B (Biography), 609 (Inventions)

Books by Gene Barretta
609.2 BAR Neo Leo: The Ageless of Leonardo da Vinci

Author Website – Gene Barretta
Check out resources for teachers

Benjamin Franklin.Inquiring Mind.It’s the Little Things |PBS

ChildrensLit-SocialStudies-Now and Ben Reinforcing Activity
Additional websites included

HistoryFix: Now & Then…Contrasting the Past and Present

Ideafinder – Bifocals

Ideafinder – Lightning Rod

Ideafinder – Franklin Stove

Inventors” Benjamin Franklin –

Liberty’s Kids.Archive.Benjamin Franklin

Literacy Spark – Now & Ben

Now & Ben – Study Guide

Now and Ben, Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklins, a Kids Wings Classroom Unit for Grades 1-3

See Benjamin Franklin, Inventions, Journey – 2nd grade


Neo Leo – Inventors

This month we are going to talk about how to find sources of  information.  This week we will talk about finding books with information about people.  We read Neo Leo by Gene Barretta , which is about Inventor – Leonardo da Vinci


Gene Baretta also wrote Now & Ben, about Benjamin Franklin, which is in Journey’s Reading Textbook (2nd grade). We then talked about finding books about any inventor.

  1. Single Biography ( book is about one person) – Biography Section, organized by the person’s last name
  2. Collective Biography (book with multiple people, person is listed in the Table of Contents of the book) –  Biography section by the author’s last name (find using the catalog – type person’s name in search box – all fields)
  3. Book about Inventions (Broad Topic)  – Subject, then look in the Index of the book.

Additional Activities

Featured Books/Bookmark –  Inventors

Printable  – Inventor Biography Worksheet

Online Game – Checkers with Ben