The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

Publisher: Random House Children’s Book                            Press Publication date: 02/11/2014

Pages: 40                                                                                                                    Delivery: Small Group

Lexie: 860L                                                                                                               Age Range: 6 – 9 Years

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  • Interview – This hand-out created by Random House has a great conversation with the author, Kathleen Krull about her work on biographies and some of her insight on research.
  • Cube Creator– Through this website, children are able to create a 3D Bio-Cube that displays all the information about a specific persons life goals and achievements.


  • Key Vocabulary: The Boy Who Invented TV is filled with some great vocabulary words. Some of the words that stand out the most include:
    • Haphazardly– adv.; in a haphazard manner; at random.

    • Phonograph– n.; any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylindersor discs.

    • Stimulated– v.; to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spuron; incite.

    • Transmitting– v.; to send or forward, as to a recipient or destination; dispatch; convey

    • Churn– v.; to shake or agitate with violence or continued motion
    • Boggled– v.; to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, orabnormality of
  • Before Reading:
    • KWL – Since this is a non-fiction text, students may already know some information about the TV and the person that created it. By filling out a KWL, the teacher can also gain an understanding of what his/her students want to learn.
  • During Reading:
    • Directed Note Taking – As it sounds, students will be taking notes with promos guiding them as to what the teacher is looking for.
  • After Reading:
    • Exit Slips – This will check to make sure students were taking notes and ensuring that they were paying attention to what was going on in the book as well as in their notes.


  • After studying Philo Farnsworth as a non-fictional biographical character, students will be asked to create a biography for one of their peers in their class.

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