As a middle school teacher, it can definitely be a challenge to keep middle schoolers engaged and on-task as the year comes to a close. A friend who is a science teacher in the same district I work in asked me about my U.S. History Tournament of Champions and if I would make one for famous scientists - so here it is!
I came up with the idea of a tournament bracket hoping that a little fun-spirited competition would help during the last week of school, and I was so glad that it did! This tournament is four days of students on-task and will always be my go-to activity during the last week of school!
It was so powerful going from me telling kids what was important to hearing them tell me what they felt was important.
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AMERICAN HISTORY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
WORLD HISTORY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Please note - I have made this bracket fully editable for you with instructions, but you will need MS PowerPoint to open/edit the Tournament Bracket and MS Publisher to add/change possible contenders
I chose 100 people from the field of Science that made a big impact - for good or for bad. Included is an NCAA March Madness style tournament bracket, which is fully-editable. Students will work in pairs to prepare a persuasive speech on why the class should vote for their topic. The first day of the actual tournament, during the Sweet 16 round, I have the class vote on each topic after the two groups present and then I tally the scores. The winners are announced and the Elite 8 bracket is established. On the second day of the actual tournament, the time for each speech is lessened which allows you to get through the Elite 8, Final Four, and possibly the championship round. This has been my Tuesday through Friday final activity of the year, which is during the last week before finals.
This tournament is SO much fun for us so I hope you and your students enjoy it as well!
Table of contents:
1 page: 100 Possible Choices (.pdf)
1 page: Tournament Bracket Categories (PowerPoint)
1 page: Editable Tournament Bracket (PowerPoint)
1 page: Tournament Time Line (.pdf)
1 page: How to Create a Bracket Instructions (.pdf)
6 pages: Instructions/Writing Pages (.pdf)
100 pages: Images/Names of Scientific Figures (.pdf)
Ada Lovelace, Adolf Fick, Albert Einstein, Alessandro Volta, Alexander Fleming, Alexander Graham Bell, Alfred Binet, Anaximander, Anders Celsius, André-Marie Ampère, Annie Jump Cannon, Antoine Lavoisier, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Archimedes, Aristotle, Avicenna, B.F. Skinner, Barbara McClintock, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Blaise Pascal, C.V. Raman, Charles Darwin, Christian Doppler, Daniel Bernoulli, Daniel Rutherford, Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, Dorothy Hodgkin, Edward Jenner, Edward Teller, Edwin Hubble, Enrico Fermi, Ernest Rutherford, Euclid, Felix Hoffmann, Francis Crick, Frederick Banting, Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, Galileo Galilei, Georg Ohm, Gertrude B. Elion, Grace Hopper, Guglielmo Marconi, Heinrich Hertz, Henry Bessemer, Henry Moseley, Humphry Davy, Irène Curie-Joliot, Ivan Pavlov, J. Robert Oppenheimer, James Clark Maxwell, James Joule, James Watson, James Watt, Johan Kepler, Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner, John Dalton, Jonas Salk, Katherine Johnson, Leonardo da Vinci, Lise Meitner, Louis Pasteur, Luis Alvarez, Marie Curie, Marie Tharp, Martin Cooper, Maurice Wilkins, Max Planck, Michael Faraday, Nicolaus Copernicus, Niels Bohr, Nikola Tesla, Otto Hahn, Paul Dirac, Plato, Rachel Carson, Richard Feynman, Robert Bunsen, Robert Goddard, Robert Hooke, Robert Koch, Rosalind Franklin, Rudolf Diesel, Samuel F.B. Morse, Sigmund Freud, Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Thomas Hodgkin, Thomas Holmes, Tim Berners-Lee, Werner Heisenberg, Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, Willard Libby, William Harvey, William Henry, William Ramsey, William Thomas (Lord Kelivin), and the Wright Brothers
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