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Telegraph Activities

Who is this man?

Samuel Morse self-portrait

He is an important American by the name of Samuel Morse. In the following activities you will learn about the telegraph, Samuel Morse, and Morse Code. Well, what are you waiting for, get going!!!

  1. Brainstorm the ways that people communicate today with your teacher and classmates. Think about which of these things would not have been possible 100 years ago.
  2. Learn about the telegraph. Here is a drawing of the telegraph machine from 1854.
    telegraph drawing
  3. Click on this link to read about the history of the telegraph.
  4. Samuel Morse invented the use of a special code used for sending telegraph messages. Read and answer questions about Samuel Morse. Click on the telegraph icon to print out the Samuel Morse worksheet. Put your completed worksheet in your Blast From The Past folder.
    telegraph graphic
  5. Now that you've learned about Samuel Morse, I bet you can't wait to find out more about Morse Code, which was, of course, named after him. Click here to read more about Morse Code and practice cracking the code yourself.
  6. Now that you're feeling confident in your skills, print out a Morse Code Activity sheet. When you're finished, add it to your folder. Click here to download activity sheet.
  7. Bonus question: What was the first telegraph message ever transmitted? You can find this famous message at the following link. Record the famous message and the date in which it was transmitted on a sheet of paper and add it to your folder.

**Extra Credit Opportunity**

You can make your very own telegraph machine! With some help from home, a little patience, and some hard work you'll be sending your teacher the message that you deserve some extra credit points. You'll find all the directions you need when you click on the link below. Good luck!

Before you move on to the next activity, here's one more fun place to go to learn more about Morse Code. On this website, you can type in a message, click a button, and Voila, you'll have your message in Morse Code! You can also type in the Morse Code and have it translate that for you too! Write a message for a friend, and see if they can figure it out!

Click here to get started!!

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Name That Invention Activity

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an inventor? Well, now's your chance.

  1. Click here to download the Name That Invention sheet.
  2. Look closely at the picture of a real-life invention from long ago. What do you think it is? How do you think it works?
  3. Write a paragraph imagining that you are the inventor of this fascinating contraption. Tell the world about your invention and how it works. Use your imagination and be creative! Your teacher will give you plenty of time to revise and publish your work. Click here to view the rubric your teacher will be using to assess your writing assingment.

When your writing has been revised, published, and shared with your classmates:

Click here.

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Telephone Activities
  1. Alexander Graham Bell is credited with inventing the telephone. Click here to read a biography of Alexander Graham Bell's life. After reading about Bell's life, print out and complete a worksheet answering questions about what you've read. To print out this worksheet, click here.
  2. Now that you know about the inventor, click on the telephone to read about the history of this amazing invention.
    old telephone
  3. Finally, complete a brief report booklet about the history of the telephone based on what you've learned. Click here to print out the booklet form.
  4. Add both completed assignments to your Blast from the Past folders.

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Sign Language and Braille Activities

You've learned all about communication both past and present. Now you are going to learn about special ways of communicating that people who have lost their sight or hearing use. After you have completed a brainstorming activity with your teacher, click on the icon to learn about American Sign Language.

sign language

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