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Scientists of the 1920s

Lesson Overview

Overview: To understand the opinions and views of scientists in the 1920s, students will investigate a scientist from that era and create a Power Point summarizing their findings.
Grade Range: 6-8
Objective: After completing this activity students will be able to:
  • Identify scientific views of the 1920s.
  • Communicate findings to the class. 
Time Required: Three class periods of 45 minutes.
Discipline/Subject Science
Topic/Subject: Technology, Industry & Women's History
Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929 & Great Depression /World War II, 1929-1945



Illinois Learning Standards: Common Core Standards: 

                                 CC.K.12.W.R.7: Research build and present knowledge.
                                 CC.K.12.W.R.9: Research to build and present knowledge form informational text.
                                 CC.6.SL.R.5:     Presentation of knowledge and ideas with use of media.
                                 CC>6.R1.1:       Key ideas and details citing textual evidence.


Analysis Tools: Article Analysis Sheet (available on PDF)
Rubric: Grading rubric for Power Point slides (available on PDF)
Other: iPad, Computer Lab
Library of Congress Items: New York tribune, August 10, 1922, Image 24
Online Resources: U.S. Geological Survey
  Oracle Think Quest
  Library of Congress
  Third Millennium Online 



1. Students will complete the Article Analysis Sheet and study the New York Tribune article in class with the teacher. Teacher can pass around the iPad with the image for a closer look. Library of Congress Item
Analysis Tool 
2. Teacher will explain the assignment for which students will research scientists from the 1920s and make two Power Point slides explaing their accomplishments. Teacher will hand out grading rubic to students. Rubric
3. Students will have two days in the computer lab to gather information and create their two Power Point slides. The Library of Congress website (under browse by topic) and other websites listed above will be used to find and research a scientist of their choice. The rubic will show the student what to include on each Power Point slide. The websites are also listed on the rubric for students. Online Resources
Computer Lab 
4. Students will present their Power Point slides to the class.  



Completion of Power Point presentation.