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Famous Ohioans. By Kasie Young ED 417-02. Social Studies. Third Grade Class Ohio History: Famous People born and/or raised in Ohio. Objectives. Students will research famous Ohioans Students will learn about inventions Ohioans made

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Famous Ohioans

By Kasie Young

ED 417-02

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Social Studies

Third Grade Class

Ohio History:

Famous People born and/or raised in Ohio

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  • Students will research famous Ohioans

  • Students will learn about inventions Ohioans made

  • Students will present information that they collected about their chosen famous person

  • Students will replicate a famous Ohio invention

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Helpful Websites

  • www.50states.com/bio/ohio.htm

  • new.oplin.org/famousohioans

  • www.ohiokids.org/games/midfam.shtml

  • http://inventors.about.com/library/bl_by_state_inventors.htm

  • http://www.potamusplace.net

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Materials Needed

  • Computers

  • Encyclopedias

  • Poster Boards

  • Markers

  • Popsicle Sticks

  • Fabric

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Famous Ohioans worksheet

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Student Activities

  • Students will get into pairs.

  • Students will be sign up to research famous people from Ohio.

  • Students will be given time to research their person via internet or encyclopedia

  • Students will make a poster and present on their person

  • Students will find literature written by or about their person

  • Students will make a replica of the Wright Flyer out of popsicle sticks and fabric

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Why are these people famous?

Warren Harding

Clark Gable

Wilbur and Orville Wright

Neil Armstrong

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Charles Kettering

Neil Armstrong

Wright Brothers

Thomas Edison

Doris Day

James Garfield

Dean Martin



Actress/ Singer

Invented the first motor


Invented the electricity

Made the first airplane

Match the famous person to what they’re known for! (click on name if you’re unsure)

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Orville and Wilbur Wright

  • Lived in Dayton, Ohio

  • Crafted the first “flying machine”

  • Orville built and ran his own print shop with his brother’s help

  • They also opened a bicycle repair shop

  • Powered and sustained first flight in 1903

  • Invented air controls to navigate flying machine

  • Their machine was called the “Wright Flyer”

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Charles F. Kettering

  • Born in Loudonville, Ohio

  • Degree in electrical engineering from OSU

  • Invented all electric starting ignition for cars

  • Invented lighting system for cars

  • Also patented an incubator for infants

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Clark Gable

  • Born in Cadiz, Ohio

  • Won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1934

  • Starred in over 15 films in 12 years.

  • Most famous films were It Happened One Night and Gone With the Wind

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Thomas Edison

  • Born in Milan, Ohio

  • Invented phonograph and the light bulb

  • Created the

    first research


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James Garfield

  • Born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

  • Served in House of Representatives

  • Twentieth President of the United States (Republican)

  • Was shot after serving only 4 months as President

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Neil Armstrong

  • Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio

  • American astronaut

  • Test pilot

  • First person to set foot on the moon

  • Mission commander of Apollo 11

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Dean Martin

James Garfield

Doris Day

Neil Armstrong

Wright Brothers

Thomas Edison

Put the famous people we’ve looked at in chronological order!

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Things to find out while researching…

  • What part of Ohio are they from?

  • When were they born?

  • Why are they famous?

  • Were they married?

  • Did they have children?

  • Education?

  • If they were inventors, how do their inventions help us today?

** Remember to put this information on your poster!!**

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Literature Ideas

  • Biography or Autobiography

  • Articles

  • Books

  • Magazines

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Let’s make a Wright Flyer!!!

See if you can construct a Wright Flyer out of your popsicle sticks and fabric.

Will it fly?

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Name 5 other famous people from Ohio and why they are famous






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Pick one famous person other than the one you chose and answer the following questions.

  • Why are they famous?

  • How have they effected us/ Ohio?

  • One thing you remember about them…(other than why they are famous)

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