Subject Area(s): Physics

Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

Best Instructional Practices


PH3 - The student will investigate and understand how to demonstrate scientific reasoning and logic. Key concepts included:

  1. c) evaluation of evidence for scientific theories;
  2. d) examination of how new discoveries result in modification of existing theories or establishment of new paradigms; and
  3. e) construction and defense of a scientific viewpoint (the nature of science).


70 minute class exercise and homework assignment

Lesson Summary

The students will have already completed and one-page Bio of a famous physicist with a photograph and bullet items that highlight their life and work. In this project, students will work in groups to research the times in which that physicist lived. Students will use the Library of Congress timeline entries to complete this research. Groups will present their information to the class and each student will incorporate the information relevant to their physicist into a written assignment.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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