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Giblin, James Cross. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Scholastic Press, 2000. Kramer, Stephen. Lightning! , 1992. Schanzer, Rosalyn. How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Streissguth, Tom. Benjamin Franklin. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 2005. CD-Rom Fritz, Jean. What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? New York: Scholastic, 1999. org/franklin/ This site includes a timeline of Franklin’s life, his entire autobiography, a virtual tour of some important locations in Franklin’s life, and games and experiments to do at home.

The nine-foot rod was crowned with a pointed copper tip. A wire ran from the base of the rod. The wire connected to a piece of metal in the ground. When lightning struck the Franklin home, it did not hit the roof. Instead, it was attracted to the metal rod. The electricity f lowed down the rod, through the wire, and safely into the ground. 42 Ben not only protected his home, he protected Philadelphia’s tallest buildings. They were the first buildings in the world to be guarded by lightning rods.

Org/franklin/ This site includes a timeline of Franklin’s life, his entire autobiography, a virtual tour of some important locations in Franklin’s life, and games and experiments to do at home. htm Links and information about lightning and how to be safe around lightning are found on this site. edu/franklin/ Text and activities provide insight into Ben Franklin’s role as a scientist, inventor, statesman, and philosopher.

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