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Making Friends with Franklin

introduces students to the world of Ben Franklin and other "natural philosophers" at a time when the word "science" had not yet entered our language. Portraits of Franklin's colleagues, an overview of his life, and experiments showing how electrical charges attract and repel are part of this lesson (for Grades 3-8). (Smithsonian Institution)

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'Benjamin Franklin,' by Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Oil on canvas, 1789. Courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin

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