Social Scientist Teacher Resources
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How One Scientist Averted a National Health Crisis
6 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Between 1957 and 1962, thousands of infants born in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany had serious deformities due to thalidomide, a drug marketed to pregnant women as a mild sleeping aid and to relieve pregnancy nausea. However, the...
How a Few Scientists Transformed the Way We Think About Disease
5 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
During the first few sniffles of a cold, you can't help wondering where you picked up the illness. Watch an Ed Ted video that details the difference between miasma theory and germ theory, and the ways that Dr. John Snow's research...
What Can You Learn From Ancient Skeletons?
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Skeletons may not be able to speak, but they can still tell us a lot. High schoolers watch a short video about the ways biological anthropologists can use a skeleton's bone structure to determine age, gender, place of birth, and social...
Thermodynamics: Crash Course History of Science #26
12 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewScientists discovered the first law of thermodynamics 25 years after the second law of thermodynamics. The seemingly obvious discoveries sometimes confuse scientists while more complex challenges encourage extra study—and take more time...
Glenn Seaborg: Shaking Up the Periodic Table
5 mins 6th - 12th
High school chemists receive a blast of history as Hank paraphrases the life and times of Glenn Seaborg, the renowned American scientist. Highlights of his long and illustrious career are displayed, educating and inspiring your class to...
Are Naked Mole Rats the Strangest Mammals?
5 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Imagine a mammal with the metabolism of a plant! This strange mammal appears cold-blooded like a reptile and demonstrates the social life of an insect. A short video examines learning the incredible adaptations of the naked mole rat.
Changing Planet: Adaptation of Species (Birds and Butterflies)
5th - 9th
A video about the impact of climate change on butterfly populations and a PowerPoint about butterfly and bird adaptations warm science learners up for the activity to follow. Using a variety of tools that reprsent unique styles of bird...
Connection to Social Studies: Linus Pauling: A Life Well Spent
9th - 11th
In this atomic energy worksheet, learners read about Linus Pauling, who spent years making the public aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons. They answer questions about his work and the social responsibility he took on which led to the...
The Family Structure of Elephants
8 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Elephant family relationships are a lot like ours. They cooperate in child rearing, have social structure, and practice coming-of-age events. Supported by fabulous photography, an elephant biologist shares 20 years of study with the...
Into the Bat Caves of Kenya: Part 2
9 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Field research is dirty work! Join a team of research scientists from the Field Museum in the second installment of a two-part series that is part of a larger playlist exploring mammals. The team continues their search for bats in...
Sa Hi Pa Ca (Once Upon a Time): Lesson Plan 2
4th CCSS: Designed
What tools do archaeologists and anthropologist use to learned about what life was like in the past. After watching West of The West's documentary Once Upon a Time that details how scientists use artifacts to establish a history of the...
Teaching Controversial Science Issues Through Law Related Education
7th - 9th
A set of lessons help aspiring scientists practice the critical thinking skills required for facing controversial issues such as evolution. As a group, they discuss what controversy consists of. They compare and constrast the concepts of...
Fresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem
4 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Freshwater is not as plentiful as one might think! Explore how limited this fundamental resource is, how it is being used, and how shortages can be addressed. When you are teaching upper-elementary or middle school earth scientists about...
The Three Life-Giving Sisters: Plant Cultivation and Mohican Innovation
2nd - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Children gain first-hand experience with Native American agriculture while investigating the life cycle of plants with this engaging experiment. Focusing on what the natives called the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash - young...
Plants in Your Gas Tank: From Photosynthesis to Ethanol
7th - 12th
Explore ethanol and how it is produced. Young scientists investigate photosynthesis and fermentation to the concept of conservation of energy and mass. They discuss the environmental and economical benefits of ethanol as a fuel additive.
Arlington Springs Man: Lesson Plan 3
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Imagine being part of a team of scientists that discover the oldest human remains in North America. Imagine being part of the crew that documents this discovery. Class members get a change to be part of such an exciting adventure in a...
Science NetLinks: Collapse 2: Interpreting the Evidence
6th - 8th
Students continue to explore the factors that contribute to the collapse of a society; they also explore how archaeological evidence is gathered and interpreted. Students explore about the social changes that caused the collapse of...
Introducing The Most Heavenly Bodies In The Solar System
5th - 6th
Young scientists identify the major bodies of this solar system through a fun and engaging anticipatory activitity. They will then apply knowledge gained through previous experiences as well as a short research activity to the task of...
Ingenious: Franklin Assembles a Scientific Community
9th - 12th
New ReviewFew Americans have heard of the burgeoning scientific community known as the America Philosophical society, started by none other than Benjamin Franklin. With inquiry, research, and discussion, high schoolers come to understand their...
Can Young Children Distinguish Between Living and Non-living Things?
3rd - 5th
What does it mean to be living? Help your young scientists identify living and non-living things as a result of their learning through discovery. Observation of and interaction with a set of natural phenomena in their community will make...
An Exercise in Time Perception
5 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Some experiences can feel very brief or excruciatingly interminable. How is it that we come to miscalculate time so easily? Our perception of time is heavily influenced by the number of memories and data we record in our brains. Learn...
Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Contemplating Nature vs. Nurture
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Does having an addict in your family make it more likely to become one yourself? Explore the genetic risk factors, as well as the prominent environmental influences, for substance addiction in a lesson that encourages awareness and open...
Exploring the Impacts of Feeding the World
6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Approximately 50 percent of people in the world who are chronically hungry work in agriculture. While it seems counter-intuitive, the farther you live from a farm, the more food options are available. Scholars explore concepts related to...
Peer Review Meets D.I.Y.: Publishing a Student Science Journal
7th - 12th
Peer review of science laboratory reports? You bet! First, learners work in pairs to review a scientific article. Then they trade lab reports for peer review. The end result is the publication of a classroom scientific journal!
Natural Records of Change: Working with Indirect Evidence of Past Climates
6th - 8th
Students take part in a dice game to better explain the differences between direct and indirect evidence. They apply this knowledge to how scientists have used both types of evidence to determine how climate has changed over time.
Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-In The Small Small Pond
K - 2nd
Students read In The Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the study of the pond ecosystem. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing, social studies, and library...
Collateral Damage? Researching a Connection Between Video Games and Violence
7th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Hook your class into an exploration of and discussion about violence in video games with a cute animal clip and a video game trailer. After a quick discussion about how media can affect mood, class members read a related article and...
Population Pyramids: Powerful Predictors of the Future
5 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Here is a very interesting visual for analyzing a country's shift from a pre-industrial society to one with an industrial or post-industrial economy. The video explains how a population pyramid is used to track a country's position in...
Science NetLinks: Genes, Environments, and Behavior 1
9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate how scientists study the genetic and environmental factors that interact to produce variation in behavior across a population. Students study how behavior is defined by scientists and an overview of the genetic...
Entrepreneurship: Creating Products and Systems That Meet the Needs of Your Clients
6th - 8th
There is no better way to learn about a subject than with a hands on project. Middle schoolers design and create a product that meets the needs of fictitious clients. They view a PowerPoint, consider how the Western marketing style is...
Cheese, Dogs, and a Pill to Kill Mosquitoes and End Malaria
10 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
This is a fantastic demonstration of how out-of-the-box science can serve the needs of mankind and save millions of lives. Bart Knois takes his audience through the step-by-step process of his research to kill mosquitoes and fight...
Printing a Human Kidney
17 mins 11th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Biotechnology has allowed us to engineer transplantable bladders and other organs successfully. The hope is to someday be able to engineer kidneys, and so save many lives. Dr. Anthony Atala, who specializes in regenerative medicine,...