Famous Scientist Teacher Resources

Who do you think of when you hear the phrase “famous scientists?” Is it Charles Darwin? Marie Curie? Alexander Graham Bell, perhaps?

Our teacher team has curated and reviewed high-quality resources to bring into a classroom lesson on famous scientists. We’ve even found some great lessons and videos about scientists whose discoveries were instrumental in their fields, but whose names don’t come to mind quite so quickly—Nicolas Steno, for example, or Mary Sherman Morgan, the woman who saved the 1960s space race.

Augment a discussion on the scientific method with a video on the Presocratics, who developed a model for the way we learn about our world. You can implement a lesson that challenges learners to match scientists with their discoveries, or an interview project about famous and influential earth scientists.

Lesson Planet is the perfect research partner in your quest for strong curriculum materials. And who knows—the next famous scientist may be sitting in your classroom!

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Famous American Research Project

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Designed specifically for lower elementary pupils, this is a great biographical research project in which students research a famous American, and then design creative poster boards to help them "become" the famous American they have...
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Famous Dead People Project

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Despite the slightly off-putting title, the instructions and activities detailed in these project guidelines for researching a noteworthy figure will serve as a fantastic supplement to your next famous person research assignment. 
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Famous Person Book Project

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What a great adaptation of your traditional famous person project! After selecting and reading a biography of a famous person, pupils design a "book" that includes a doll/action figure printable of the famous person, written summary, and...
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My Famous Person Report

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Here is a must-have, comprehensive resource of project guidelines for any teacher looking to assign a famous person report or biography project. It includes a fantastic list of suggested activities that learners can complete for their...
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The Most Groundbreaking Scientist You've Never Heard Of

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Nicolas Steno invented stratigraphy, compared the anatomy of various animals, broke ground for geology and evolutionary theory—and yet he is not often mentioned in the history books. Learn more about the scientists who laid the...
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Famous Person Research Project

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Provide pupils with a series of questions to guide their research during your next class research project on famous persons. The questions cover a wide range of research points, from basic information, such as birthplace and physical...
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Light - Stop Faking It!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
This well-designed presentation covers many important aspects of the science behind light. In it, pupils view slides that have a lot of the important vocabulary associated with science, slides of famous scientists who made important...
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History of Evolutionary Thought

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace jointly created the theory of evolution by natural selection. The video explains the scientists that came before and after this pivotal moment. Many still debate why we often forget about Wallace...
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What Caused Life's Major Evolutionary Transitions?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scientists regularly observe evolution, but what are the major transitions? A short, engaging video explains the transition from genes to genomes, and then highlights the move from simple cells to complex cells. Finally, the narrator...
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The Presocratics: Crash Course History of Science #2

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did early scientists arrive at the notion that everything was made of atoms? Meet the Presocratics during the second installment in an engaging History of Science series. Viewers discover how these pioneers developed a model for...
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Atoms and Bonding

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
I don't trust atoms because they make up everything. Budding scientists learn about famous scientists connected to atomic models, chemical, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. The presentation also presents how to count atoms in an equation,...
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Energy Pioneers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Which electricity pioneer made the largest contribution to where we are today? Pupils select a scientist or inventor to research and present to the class. From Celcius in 1701 to Ed Hammer in 1976, many scientists contributed to the...
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How Many Species Are There?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists discover over 15,000 new species each year. Despite studying life on our planet for all of human history, we still don't know how many species exist on Earth. An informative video from a biology playlist presents the dilemma,...
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Who is Alexander von Humboldt?

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Never heard of Alexander von Humboldt? Don't miss the opportunity to tell your class about "the most important forgotten man of science." The narrator describes an array of Humboldt's scientific accomplishments in his five-year journey...
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Handwriting About Famous Scientists

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this handwriting about famous scientists learning exercise, students trace over a sentence about Thomas Edison and his inventions to practice their printing.
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Famous Scientists

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the contributions of famous scientists. In this contributions lesson, 5th graders create a matching game using information about scientists. Students discuss how their inventions and discoveries have made our...
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Measurement of Pressure and Temperature

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
We all have standards and scientists are no exception. Presentation covers standard temperature, standard pressure, temperature conversions, and absolute zero. It explains pressure using pascals, mm of mercury, atmosphere, and torr, then...
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Guess Who Came to Dinner!

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
An exceptionally creative approach is taken to assessing your biologists' grasp of natural selection concepts. They are to imagine hosting Charles Darwin for dinner and having, to their surpise, a few other noted scientists crash the...
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Biologists! Scientists Who Love Life!

For Students K - 5th Standards
Life is everywhere in many different forms, and biology is the study of life. From marine biologists to plant biologists to microbiologists, there are many types of careers in the field of biology. Discover a living world of science with...
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Earth Science: Crash Course History of Science #20

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How old is Earth and how do scientists know the answer? Throughout history, many researchers, scholars, and leaders answered this question with varying degrees of accuracy. The 20th episode of Crash Course History of Science introduces...
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The Medieval Islamicate World: Crash Course History of Science #7

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Medieval Islamicate World was truly a world of wonders! Clocks with gears, armillary spheres ... and robots that played music? Journey to ancient Baghdad, the center of science and math with the seventh video in a History of Science...
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Word Search-Scientists

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this science word search instructional activity, students search for 30 proper names of famous scientists. This is a light bulb shaped word puzzle with a word bank.
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Classification of Life

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Did you know scientists identify more than 13 billion species of organisms, and they discover more almost every day? An interesting presentation demonstrates how scientists keep track of so many species. It also shows how they...
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Francium

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
After many false discovery reports from other scientists, Marguerite Perey first discovered francium in 1939. Learn about how she discovered it and the interesting story behind this famous scientist and her mentors. The video is the 87th...