Science Events

Teachers: Common Core pedagogy drives us to implement 3 basic standards into our teaching. These are reading, writing, and speaking clearly.  ELA enhancement can be accomplished through techniques such as guided reading and journaling. The attached posts provide materials for guided reading but more than that, they afford the opportunity to enhance general science knowledge.

Science is viewed by many as old and dusty. To some extent this is true. One example is the work of one of the greatest theoretical physics of all time, Christian Huygens, who in 1585 established that one’s reflection in a ‘looking glass’ was not due to the embodiment of a magical spirit captured in the mirror but was in fact due to the reflection of light waves which left the mirror at the identical angle as their angle of incidence.  Huygens expanded this assertion by determining that light travelled the shortest distance from a source to an observer and showed reflection was a direct consequence of this effect. This theory remained unchanged until the 1890’s when another great theoretician, James Clerk Maxwell showed that the controlling factor is minimal time of flight and not just minimal distance.

The problem we face as modern science teachers is to motivate interest in science and to overcome students’ resistance to learning an out of date and largely irrelevant body of knowledge.  My goal in creating this section is to respin science as immediate and inescapable in our modern world.

Whether the topic is space weather or space exploration,  earth sensing satellites or plate tectonics,  atmospheric science or ecology, computer technology or the geopolitics of cyber attacks, science in the news is far mare than current events, it is SCIENCE EVENTS.

Please feel free to use the attached posts for guided reading exercises and/or as a point of departure for more detailed subject lessons.

Bill Weissbard

Teaching aids, Lesson Plans and comments