Nikola Tesla Biography Article and Worksheet


Includes both print and Google Slides options to assign.

Grades 7 and Up


This Nikola Tesla article and worksheet is a perfect way to introduce secondary science students to one of the most influential scientists and inventors of the modern age. It focuses on his accomplishments but not on his controversies (yep, no mention of his pigeon obsession or phobia or pearls).

The article is also a great addition to an energy unit because it highlights the forms of energy that Tesla worked with and discusses the law of conservation of energy. However, no prior knowledge is needed, so this article can be assigned as a stand-alone lesson in any curriculum. Perfect as a sub plan!

Students will read about:

  • Nikola Tesla’s early life and education
  • The brief period that Tesla worked for Thomas Edison
  • The basics of AC power versus DC power and why Tesla advocated for AC power
  • Tesla’s major inventions, including the Tesla coil, the induction motor, and the hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls

Teacher Notes:

  • This resource is not editable.
  • An answer key is included.
  • A link to the Google Slides version is provided in the downloadable PDF.
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