Galileo Contributions

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

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.