History of Science Teacher Resources
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Find the right science fair project. Steve Spangler shows how to use a demonstration and turn it into an experiment. Additionally, he talks about the importance of coming up with a hypothesis.
Students analyze effective story-telling and literary techniques used by playwright George Stevens, Jr. in the play 'Thurgood.' Students illustrate how past events have shaped their own lives by drawing a Lifeline of points in their lives, identify the literary devices used by George Stevens to depict the life of Thurgood Marshall on stage, and generate a Lifeline for a significant person from history, science, the arts or sports. Students adapt the Lifeline to the stage.
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new information should be used to enhance the information contained in standard texts. This exercise could be used as a critical thinking activity for your class.
In this science worksheet, students write how they use science in everyday situations, and read an observation about floating and answer short answer questions. Students complete 12 questions.
Young scientists investigate the scientific concepts and principles that help make common toys such as hula hoops, yo-yos, slinkies, and silly putty work. As a class, they read "Backyard Rocket Science, Served Wet" to get a look behind the scenes of inventions. They then develop exhibits to display in a "Science of Toys" museum.
In this episode of Crash Course History, John Green whips through the evolution of communism in twentieth-century China. He covers topics from Sun Yat Sen's founding of the Republic of China to Mao Zedong's democratic dictatorship and cultural revolution. Be aware that this really is a "crash course", and very complex historical events are summarized in brief.
Young scholars develop a setting, plot and characters for a science fiction story based on current news themes, and then individually write drafts of the story.
Students create a timeline. In this Earth's History activity, students research the history of life on Earth and use the information collected to create a timeline. Students also answers the provided discussion questions.
There are great social studies lesson plans that can help students make historical connections to science.
In this environmental science activity, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about environmental science. Students complete 6 questions total to get their merit badge.
Negative numbers and mathematical notation are better understood by examining how they have been handled throughout history.
New Review Texas Commemorative Maps: Honoring Our Past
To celebrate Texas, groups plan and create a commemorative map for a topic or theme in Texas history. The richly detailed plan and the approach could easily be adapted to any state. Samples are included.
Students create their own website to illustrate a theme form history. In this history and technology lesson, students create a home page or website for a recent history or social studies lesson. Students work in teams to complete the activity.
Students examine and reflect on the role of science reports in the larger scientific community and become familiar with one scientist's experience preparing a report. They identify key points to build a strong science report and create a lively presentation for their classmates.
Students create a website based on a history unit they have just completed. In this web design lesson, student analyze qualities of an effective website and create an architectural design for the home page and connecting pages. Students research, create and design content for their page in small groups.
In this grade 8 science test worksheet, 8th graders answer a total of 81 questions that cover a wide variety of grade 8 science concepts.
In this boy scout merit badge: animal science worksheet, 8th graders research the topic using the websites listed, then answer 7 detailed questions about livestock breeds, diseases, anatomy, breeding, management, and careers, as well as performing specific activities.
Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting. Discussion questions following the clip drive scholars to deeper thinking about oral histories and justice, and they view a website dedicated to keeping memories of victims alive (linked). Learners then interview Guatemalans or other members of their community, collecting oral histories and reflecting on the experience. Another site offers guidance for this process.
Young scholars use correct grammar, spelling and capitalization in their writing. They connect information acquired in history and science classes with the events described in the books that were read. Students make a clear and informative presentation to the class explaining how disease affected the community described in the books that were read.
Students analyze how historians are trying to keep history alive and preserve it for generations to come. They view some schools trying to save an entire culture and language from extinction. Students participate in history preservation projects, ranging from oral history to hands-on efforts to save a piece of community history.