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The History of the Telephone

The History of the Telephone

Activity Description

History of the Telephone

Students will learn about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone, understanding its impact on the U.S. population and the ways that phones have changed over time.

Census History - During the 1900 Census, the Census Bureau hired him as a special agent to write a report on the deaf and blind. You can learn more about Bell's work as a special agent for the 1900 Census here.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

30 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to name who invented the telephone and say why that invention is important.
  • Students will be able to explain how phones have changed over time.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 11 pages; it contains images that should be printed in color.

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze historical images and a bar graph to learn how phones and landline telephone service
usage have changed over time.


Elementary School History


  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • History of the telephone
  • Technological innovations

Skills Taught

  • Interpreting a bar graph
Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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