Isaac Asimov Teacher Resources
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Alas, All Human
Students define a scientist. In this ethics and science lesson plan, students read Asimov's Alas, All Human and write responses and discuss the possibilities of imperfection within science by scientists. Students discuss what steps should be taken by the scientific community or government to prevent unethical behavior.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
I, Robot, Can Do That!
Assign groups of middle school oceanographers to research one of the following underwater robots; ABE, Herculues, ROPOS, RCV-150, Tiburon, or general purpose ROVs. An included handout guides them through information to be gathered. Each group then presents their assigned robot to the rest of the class.
6th - 8th Science
I, Robot: Chapter Four- Catch That Rabbit
Sixth graders explore the development of technology in the 20th century. For this chapter lesson, 6th graders read and discuss the literary content of chapter four, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. They research the technology that was found in a common home from 1900 to 1998.
6th 21st Century Skills
Buying Bananas, Assessment Version
Practice with unit rates, proportions, and ratios when Carlos purchases an amount of bananas. Learners must interpret a graph to decide whether points on the same line represent similar proportional relationships. Use with lesson plans listed in the materials to continue practicing ratios and proportions.
7th - 9th Math CCSS: Designed
String Theory and the Hidden Structures of the Universe
When we take things apart, we can learn how they work. Physicist Clifford Johnson explains how we break down all objects into elementary particles of matter and forces. Patterns have been identified with the particles, the existence dark matter has been suggested, and gravity's unexpected behavior at the quantum level all contribute to string theory.
8 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
A Pill with a View
Students brainstorm a list of potential uses for micro-video technologies. After reading an article, they analyze the development of a new pill-sized camera. In groups, they create a children's book that shows them the various systems of the human body as it would be seen from this pill-sized camera.
5th - 12th Science
BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators
Turn your middle schoolers into Biographical Scene Investigators in an investigative reporting lesson plan! They identify heroic individuals selected from the provided list and keep their own evidence notebooks regarding the actions of their subject.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
New Review Bullying Awareness
As a teacher, it's likely you're seeing bullying at your school in some capacity. Use these three activities as a refresher course for junior high schoolers on what bullying is, the severity of its consequences, and how they can make a significant impact.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
New Review Density Workbook
It's all about density! Here's a dense workbook for young scientists; they solve (and show work for) 29 density word problems, including a problem where they solve for the density of Godzilla. They complete labs analyzing metal cubes, determining the density of cylinders, exploring ice cubes and food dye, and attempting to change a liquid's density (can it be done?
5th - 8th Math
Call to Arms: Robotic Analogues for Human Structures
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built. In this physical science instructional activity, students analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm. Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
My Wet Robot
After hearing about the 2006 PHAEDRA mission that explored the Aegean Sea, middle schoolers work in groups to create a robotic vehicle. They must consider power, propulsion, and other vital systems. Use the multitude of external resources provided to develop an engaging unit, or use this lesson as part of your science curriculum when teaching about remote sensing, archaeology, or ocean floor features.
5th - 8th Science