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.
Examine ways in which historic places and landmarks represent significant themes and events in American history. Then create theme-based travel guides for related historic locations. This lesson requires informational reference materials and includes great discussion questions and extension activities.
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.
Students 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 lesson, 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 worksheet, 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.
Pupils explore different careers in science. In this science career instructional activity, students examine how Western and non Western approaches complement each other in science. Pupils conduct interviews and have class discussions about their own interests in a science career.
In this series of history lesson plans, students explore the local area in which they live and develop an awareness of how their local community has been influenced by history. They become aware of how the local community influences their lives today.
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.
For 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.