Summer Research Program for Science Teachers
Manhattan International High School
Stimulating Scientific Learning
This lesson plan is designed to introduce science to students. I plan to use this lesson in the beginning of the school year. It will focus on the following questions:
What is science? Why does it exist? What does a scientist do? What is the goal of science? How does science affect our lives? How do we find scientific information?
[9-12 Content Standard G- Nature of scientific knowledge]
Part I: FIELD TRIP TO THE NYC PUBLIC LIBRARY
[Teaching Standard D- Identify/use resources outside the school]
We will visit the science and technology
branch of the public library located at Madison and 34th St.
Hopefully, I will be able to arrange for an orientation, tour, or
class provided for my students by the library staff. I want
them to know where they can find information to do research for
their future science projects.
Inside the library are many quotes from
important scientists. Students will be required to
choose a quote that they like and then do some research about the
scientist in the library.
PART II: SCIENTIST PROJECT
Students will be required to complete a
project about the scientist that they chose. The entire
project contains five parts and the final project will be mounted
on poster board. Students will:
Interpret, analyze, and explain the quote that they chose
Present biographical information about the scientist, possibly in
the form of a timeline
Discuss the research performed by the scientist
(4) Discuss people that were important to the scientist, such as predecessors and collaborators
Explain the influence of this scientists research upon the
fields of science and technology
Write a eulogy or resume for this scientist
PART III: PRESENTATIONS
Students will present their project to the
class and answer questions from classmates.
[Teaching Standard B- Orchestrate scientific discourse]
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