This is a set of six short biographies, accompanied by worksheets and writing prompts about young people who made significant contributions to science (including the social sciences) at an unusually young age, or as a result of skills mastered at a very young age.
- quick independent reading related to a topic you're teaching
- NO PREP substitute teacher lessons
- integrating science and social studies into ELA
- incorporating ELA reading and writing standards into science and social studies courses
- independent work for homeschool students
- extra credit or makeup work for students who have missed class
- "sponge" activity for those extra few minutes at the end of a lesson or unit - or when unexpected school closure leaves you with "ragged time" from classes that are "out of synch" with each other.
• Six one-page biographical sketches
Boyan Slat – United Nations awarding winning Dutch inventor of a passive method for retrieving plastic debris from the ocean.
Sacagawea- Shoshone member of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery on an exploration of the American West.
William Kamkwamba – Malawian inventor and author made famous by building a windmill from junkyard refuse to bring electricity to his impoverished village.
Matthew Berger – South African who discovered the first fossil of a new species - Australopithecus sediba.
Pius “Mau” Piailug – Micronesian traditional navigator on an experimental archaeological voyage, which provided evidence about the origin of human migration to the Polynesian islands.
Lilianna Zyszkowski – American inventor of devices to prevent accidental death by connecting sensor technology with social media.
• Six one-page worksheets, one per biography, with comprehension and inference questions.
• Six answer keys for the worksheets.
• Six writing prompts which require students to:
o Address an essential question
o Make a personal connection with the reading
o Express an opinion, and defend it
• Suggestions for ways to use the resource.
• Links to sources and additional teaching resources.
You can mix and match the reading passages with the writing prompts. You can choose to use one, two, or all three related resources depending on the time available.
See my other non-fiction reading passages HERE
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