Joseph Priestley, Discoverer of Oxygen

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Do you want to hear a joke about nitrogen and oxygen? NO. We all know there is oxygen in the air and that plants produce oxygen, but how was it discovered? Scholars read a handout, answer questions, and analyze material in the ready-to-go lesson. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a K-W-L chart to go along with the lesson
  • Hand to a substitute with no prior knowledge of the subject
Classroom Considerations

  • The materials best fit when studying the discovery of elements or physical vs. chemical properties
  • Pupils should complete the post-reading handout before reading the passage
  • The sixth and final lesson in the series
Pros

  • There is a history connection to scientific discoveries and the cooperation across countries and continents in the 1700s
  • Provides an answer key
Cons

  • Does not include any hands-on activities