A. Science and Scientific Discoveries — Lesson Plans and Learning Guides

Lesson Plans:

Scientific Method

Cosmic Voyage

Snippet Lesson Plan: Exponents, Scientific Notation, and Numeral Systems

(Math and Science & Technology) [12+: middle and high school levels; Film Clip: 9 minutes; Lesson: not applicable – clips and supplemental materials designed to supplement teachers’ existing lesson plans.]

Robot and Frank

Snippet Lesson Plan: Robot Ethics 

[12+ — Middle School/Jr. High and High School Levels; Snippets15 minutes]

Astronomy

Star Trek

Snippet Lesson Plan: Black Holes 

(Science & Technology/Astronomy) [13+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 9.5 minutes]

Agora and Internet Animations

Snippet Lesson: Historical Evolution of Views About the Solar System and the Retrograde Motion of Mars

(Science & Technology/Astronomy) [12+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 8 minutes]

Cosmic Voyage

Snippet Lesson Plan: Interstellar and Intergalactic Distances

(Science & Technology; Astronomy) [10+: middle and high school levels; Film Clip: approximately 12 minutes or a shorter clip of approximately five minutes will also work; Lesson: one 50 minute class period.]

Spiderman 2

Snippet Lesson Plan: Thermonuclear Reactions in the Sun and As a Source of Unlimited Energy for Mankind 

(Science & Technology/Astronomy; the Environment; Science Fiction) [12+: Middle School Level; Snippet: approximately eight and 1/4 minutes in two segments. Lesson: approximately 30 minutes]

Dolores Claiborne

Snippet Lesson Plan: Total Solar Eclipse 

(Science & Technology/Astronomy) [10+: Middle and High School Levels; Snippet: 1 minute, 35 seconds; lesson: adds 15 minutes to a lesson on total solar eclipse]

Physics

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Snippet Lesson Plan: Electromagnetic Waves, Induction, Capacitance, and Antennae

(Science & Technology/Physics; Music) [12+; Middle and High School Level; film clip 6.5 minutes]

Angels & Demons

Snippet Lesson Plan: Antimatter 

(Science & Technology/Physics) [14+; High School Level; film clip 9.5 minutes]

2001: A Space Odyssey

Inertial Forces (Newton’s First Law of Motion, the Centrifugal Force & Artificial Gravity)

[12+; snippets: three clips of approximately 9 minutes]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Snippet Lesson Plan: Harmonic Motion

(Science & Technology/Physics – harmonic motion) [10+; late elementary to high school; film clips: Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End: three minutes 30 seconds; Tacoma Bridge Collapse Video on YouTube: four minutes 13 seconds. lesson: Playing the snippets and discussing the examples of harmonic motion described in the Helpful Background section will take about 40 minutes.]

The One

Snippet Lesson Plan: Parallel Universes

(Physics) [12+; snippets: two clips of less than 11 minutes]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Snippet Lesson Plan: Refraction and the Green Flash

(Science & Technology/Physics) [10+; late elementary to high school; Film Clips: one minute and five seconds, in two segments; three additional optional segments; Lesson: Adds 30 minutes to a class in which the phenomenon of optical refraction is introduced.]

Biology

The Time Machine

Snippet Lesson Plan: Evolution

(Science/Biology; Science-fiction) [13+ Middle School and High School; snippet: 9 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

Winged Migration

Migration, Nomadism and Dormancy Lesson Plan

(Science; the Environment) [12+]

Microcosmos

Snippet Lesson Plan: Complex and Cooperative Ant Behaviors

(Science-Biology) [5+; grades K – 12; snippet: 4 minutes; lesson: 30 minutes]

The Relic

Snippet Lesson Plan: Viruses and the Speed of Evolution

[14+; snippet: 3 minutes; lesson: 30 minutes.]

Microcosmos

Snippet Lesson Plan: Symbiosis and Predation in the World of Insects

[5+; grades K – 12; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one class period]

Microcosmos

Set-up-the-Sub Lesson Plan: Symbiosis and Predation in the World of Insects

[5+; grades K – 12; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: one class period]

Microcosmos

Snippet Lesson Plan: Mosquito Emerging from Pupal Sack

[10+; snippet: 4 minutes; lesson: 25 minutes]

Chemistry

How Does Soap Clean?

A lesson plan illustrating several different types of atomic and intermolecular bonding — Middle School/Jr. High and High School Chemistry;

Microcosmos

Snippet Lesson Plan: Surface Tension and Molecular Bonds

(Science/Chemistry; molecules; surface tension) [10+; middle school and high school; snippet: 7 minutes (in three segments); lesson: the clips and related discussion will add about fifteen minutes to existing lesson plans.]

Daylight

Snippet Lesson Plan: Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (Redox)

(Science/Chemistry; Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (Redox)) [12+; middle school and high school; snippet: 3 minutes from Daylight and two YouTube sequences; lesson: One 45 to 55 minute class period.]

Earth Science

Planet Earth

Snippet Lesson Plan: The Arctic and Antarctica

[10+; snippet: 40 minutes, 30 seconds; Lesson: One and one-half 45 – 55 minute class periods]

Planet Earth

Snippet Lesson Plan: Caves and Extremophiles

[10+; snippet: 16 minutes, 15 seconds; lesson: 40 minutes]

Planet Earth

Snippet Lesson Plan: Deep Ocean Dwellers

[10+; snippet: 26 minutes; Lesson: One 45 to 55 minute class period]

Volcano

Snippet Lesson Plan: Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates

[10 – 13; snippet: 20 minutes in three segments; Lesson: two 45 to 55 minute class periods]

Learning Guides from Which Lesson Plans in Science Can Be Easily Created:

Astronomy

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Renaissance; SEL: Brothers; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8 – 13]

Biology

“Antz” and “A Bug’s Life”

(Science-Technology; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility) [9-12]

Contagion

(Health; Medicine; Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – present; World/Asia; SEL: Courage; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

Charlotte’s Web

(Science-Biology; SEL: Caring for Animals; Friendship; Grieving; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [5 – 10]

Charlotte’s Web

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Science-Biology; SEL: Caring for Animals; Friendship; Grieving; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring) [5 – 8]

Finding Nemo

(Marine Biology (Science/Technology); SEL: Father/Son; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect) [9-12]

Finding Nemo

Talking and Playing for Growth

(Science (Marine Biology); SEL: Father/Son; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Respect, Caring) [5 – 8]

Fly Away Home

(Health (Grieving); ELA: theme, characterization, backstory, allusion, complication; Science(Biology); the Environment; World/Canada; SEL: Grieving; Parenting; Father/Daughter; Caring for Animals; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [10+]

Gorillas in the Mist

(The Environment; Science-Technology; World/Africa; SEL — Caring for Animals; Courage; Human Rights; Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis — Trustworthiness; Respect; Citizenship) [13+]

The Lion King

(The Environment; Science/Technology; SEL: Grieving; Redemption; Friendship; Ambition, Running Away; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [8 – 11]

March of the Penguins

(Science; the Environment; World/Antarctica; SEL: Caring for Animals) [10+]

Never Cry Wolf

(Science-Technology, The Environment; U.S./1945 – 1991; Alaska; SEL: Caring for Animals; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [10+]

Outbreak

Snippet Lesson Plan: Spread of Viral Infection

(Health; Science-Technology (Biology)) [14+]

The Relic

Snippet Lesson Plan:  Viruses and the Speed of Evolution

[14+; snippet: 3 minutes; lesson: 30 minutes.]

Winged Migration

(Science; the Environment; SEL: Caring for Animals) [12+]

Physics

Einstein: Light to the Power of 2

(Biography; Science-Technology; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity; SEL: Self-esteem; Education; Families in Crisis; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [8 – 13]

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Renaissance; SEL: Brothers; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8 – 13]

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Talent) [8-13]

Madame Curie

(Biography; Science-Technology; World/France; SEL: Female Role Model; Grieving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [10+]

Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye

(Biography; World/France & WWI; Medicine; Science-Technology; SEL: Female Role Model; Mother/Daughter; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8 – 12]

B.   Technology and Applied Science Lesson Plans

Learning Guides from Which Lesson Plans in Technology and Applied Science Can Be Easily Created:

The African Queen

(Science-Technology; World/WWI & Africa; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [10+]

Around the World in 80 Days

(Science-Technology; World/England; SEL: Gambling Addiction; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Respect, Fairness) [8 – 13]

Edison: The Wizard of Light

(Science-Technology; U.S./1865 – 1929; Cinema; Biography; SEL: Talent; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship) [8 – 13]

Fat Man and Little Boy

(U.S./1941 – 1945 & New Mexico; Science-Technology; SEL: Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

This is America Charlie Brown

Short Subject: The Great Inventors 

(U.S./1865 – 1913) [8 – 11; 24 minutes]

Hidden Figures

(U.S. 1940 – 1991, Diversity, and Virginia; Mathematics; Science-Technology;; Cinema; SEL: Courage; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [13+]

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight

(Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Mother/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [8 – 11]

October Sky

(Aviation & Space Exploration; U.S./1945 – 1991 & West Virginia; Science-Technology; SEL: Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Breaking Out; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [10+]

Spare Parts

(Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – Current, Hispanic & Arizona; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

The Swiss Family Robinson

(Literature; World/Indonesia; Science-Technology; SEL: Families in Crisis; Brothers; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [6 – 12]

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

(Science-Technology; World/Mexico; SEL: Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) [12+] (Some dialogue is in Spanish)

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

(U.S./1945-1991; Science-Technology; Char. Dev: Ambition; Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness) [10+]

Underwater Dreams

(Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 – Current, Hispanic & Arizona; SEL: Education; Breaking Out; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]