This is a collection of 6 short and engaging non-fiction readings. Each half-page article includes 3 to 4 reading comprehension, opinion, or application questions. Keys and a bibliography are also provided.
Story 1: Knowing Newton (Physics)
- Isaac Newton was brilliant. He invented calculus. He changed scientific thought with his ideas about gravity and motion. He stuck a needle into his eye socket just to see what would happen.
Story 2: For Good or Evil (Chemistry, Ethics)
- Fritz Haber made it possible to feed the world’s billions of people. He is also the “father” of modern chemical warfare.
Story 3: The Men with Einstein’s Brain (Physics, Biology, Ethics)
- Albert Einstein used his brain for 76 years. Thomas Harvey kept it in a glass cookie jar for 50 more.
Story 4: The Half-Life of Marie Curie (Chemistry)
- Marie Curie was one of the very few women able to succeed in science prior to WWI. Her work with radioactive elements was ground-breaking and probably killed her.
Story 5: AC/DC (Physics)
- Nikola Tesla’s work with alternating current put him at odds with Thomas Edison. Luckily, he had the love of his pigeons to see him through.
Story 6: Measuring the Stars (Astronomy)
- Even without his nose, Tycho Brahe was able to make some incredibly accurate measurements of the universe. And he did so before the invention of the telescope.
Some of these stories can also be found in: Science and Literacy - Chemistry Bundle
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