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Galileo Contributions

Research and create posters about Galileo’s discoveries in science and physics.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Students research the life and works of Galileo Galilei via books or the Internet. He is known for his contributions to science and physics.
    2. Create posters of Galileo discoveries and tie them to his quotes.
    3. This lesson plan depicts three of Galileo’s discoveries: The nature of Pendulums, the Falling Bodies experiment, and the Heliocentric Model.
    4. Use Crayola® Colored Pencils and Markers to depict the discovery and match it up with a quote from Galileo.
    5. Students present their posters and learning to the class.
  • Standards

    LA: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

    LA: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

    LA: Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SCI: Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.

    SCI: Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

    SS: Identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changed the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication.

    VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

  • Adaptations

    Students recreate and demonstrate one of Galileo’s discoveries to the class.

    Students research the scientific revolution in which Galileo was a part of and other inventors and scientists from that era.

    Classroom Resources include: Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities (For Kids series) by Richard Panchyk.

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