James Watt was born on January 19, 1736, in Greenock, Scotland. He grew up watching his carpenter father building ships in a shipyard. He grew up to become a mathematical instrument maker and later improved the Newcomen steam engine, making it more efficient. Enjoy these FREE Printables, Unit Studies, and Hands-On Activities about the life and work of famous inventor James Watt.
This post is part of the Famous Inventors Series
If you enjoy unit studies in your homeschool you will love this series on famous inventors. Inventions are fascinating and inventors are so much fun to learn about. It is a great conversation when you talk to your kids about the inventions that were created and what our world would be without these things. Makes for a great history lesson and a lesson on appreciating what we have!
In this series I will be highlighting some well known inventors with free printables, unit studies and hands-on activities that pertain to the particular invention the inventor created. Your kids will love learning about these famous inventors and their inventions that have made a huge impact on how we live our lives today!
This week we are learning about James Watt.
The improvement of the steam engine that James Watt was responsible for helped Great Britain become the world’s first industrialized society, leading to an unprecedented pace of economic growth and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Take a look at all of these FREE Printables, Unit Studies, and Hands-On Activities about the life and work of famous inventor James Watt.
Lesson Planet has a page full of printable Lesson plans on James Watt and the steam engine and the Industrial Revolution.
Unit Studies and Websites:
James Watt and the Invention of the Steam Engine free living book from The Baldwin Project
James Watt and the Steam Engine Unit Study from Home Hearts
James Watt Biography on Surf Net Kids
Background and Overview of the Industrial Revolution from Thought Co.
The Steam Locomotive Unit Study from Home Hearts
James Watt: Inventor of the Modern Steam Engine from Thought Co.
Steam Machine from Nova Online
James Watt and Steam Power Classroom Activity from Spartacus Educational
Build a Simple Steamboat from Sci Toys
Here are some fun videos that would go along great with a study of James Watt:
James Watt and The Steam Engine
James Watt – 18th Century Scientist and Revolutionary Player
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