Enrichment Project: Scientist Biography (PDF)

Enrichment Project: Scientist Biography  (PDF)
Enrichment Project: Scientist Biography  (PDF)
Enrichment Project: Scientist Biography  (PDF)
Enrichment Project: Scientist Biography  (PDF)
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I use this task as an independent scientist biography research project that I assign at the start of the quarter and let them work on it at their own pace. If also use this as an enrichment project for gifted students and honors students.

Part A is the background research on the scientist that goes beyond just the basic facts of their life, challenging students to find three powerful adjectives that would best describe the scientist and to answer critical thinking questions from a list of six different prompts such as

  1. What are two events that shaped or changed this person's life? Explain how they influenced your scientist.
  2. Did this person make any major mistakes or bad decisions? If so, what were they and describe how you would have acted if you were in their shoes.

I have included a spreadsheet with a list of scientists that I use as a starting point for research. This helps guide students to a more diverse selection of scientists and I limit the number of students who a pick a scientist to also encourage diversity in the final presentation and classroom display

Part B is to construct a biography or BIOCUBE.


I had a generous donation of 5x5x5 gift boxes so my template is sized for that. At 4x4 to allow for a ½ in border of all sides. You can buy these boxes from Uline for about $25 for a case of 100.

2 Sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper is enough to cover all 6 sides of the boxes, wrapping paper also works well

Includes Google Files and PDFs With

  • Cover and TOU (2 pages)
  • Teacher Notes Includes links to suggested starting research websites and titles of books about scientists from diverse backgrounds, appropriate for grades 4-12, that support this project. (2 pages)
  • Photos of Student Work (3 pages)
  • List of Scientists (Male and Female, ethnically diverse, with field of study) (PDF) (3 pages)
  • Scientist Note Sheet (PDF) (1 page)
  • Template for Bio Cubes (PDF) (3 pages)
  • NO ANSWER KEY or RUBRIC because I don't grade this project other than expecting a high quality project that has all the required sides completed


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