A Great Rendition of the Ben Franklin Story
Ben and Me is based on the Robert Lawson book of the same title. This Disney cartoon portrays key events in the life of Benjamin Franklin from the perspective of Amos Mouse who is a friend of Ben Franklin. We learn about Franklin's printing business, how he invented the Franklin stove, the invention of bifocals, experiments with electricity, flying a kite during an electrical storm, and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. I use this video as a supplement to my lessons when I teach the Constitution; Franklin signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. At twenty-five minutes in length this video is ideal for classroom use and is an effective yet entertaining teaching tool.