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Use this fun craftivity to teach cultural diversity in science! Your students will learn about scientists from all over the world – both male and female. I wrote this lesson for my 2nd graders and that is why the explanations in the packet are very simple. For example, Albert Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize for his work on the photoelectric effect. He went on to develop The Theory of Relativity. The majority of my 2nd graders will not understand this! So I explain his work by simply saying, “He studied time travel!” Not only is that a true statement, it’s one my 2nd graders can understand!
The idea for this lesson plan stemmed from a Kindergarten class I taught one day. I was telling the class how I was a scientist and my job was to make medicine to help sick people. One of my little Kindergarten students asked how I could be a scientist – I was a girl! He was truly puzzled! I realized we need to teach our kids that ANYONE can be a scientist. I make this fun craft with my 2nd graders every year to emphasize this point.
Included in packet: 32 scientist cards that can be cut and laminated to be given to students. Each card has a photo of the scientist on it along with birth country and a one-lined explanation of his/her contribution to science. Scientists include 16 men and 16 women from around the world: Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Dorothy Hodgkin, Annie Jump Cannon, Maria Sibylla Merian, Barbara McClintock, Marie Tharp, Mae Jemison, Marie Daly, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ellen Ochoa, George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, Thomas Edison, Stephen Hawking, Charles Henry Turner, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Robert Hooke, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, David Ho, Yellapragada Subbarow, Chien-Shiung Wu, Narinda Kapany, Kalpana Chawla, Tu Youyou, Ada Yonath and Alexander Fleming. Countries represented: China, Pakistan, India, Taiwan,Israel, England, USA, Italy, Poland, Germany, France, Egypt. Patterns to make face and 2 flags: one showing birth country and the other with a one-line explanation of the scientist’s work (see photos). Color flag sheet can be laminated and students can use it to draw and color their flags. We use yarn or pillow fluff for the hair but it can simply be colored in. Photos of my class’ work included.
I put these beautiful works of art up onto my classroom bulletin board. In the center, I have a great quote emphasizing cultural diversity and I’ve included it in this packet (see photo): “It takes a world of difference to make a difference in the world.”
Your students will love learning about scientists this way! It’s such a cute craftivity and they come out great – kid art is the best art, right?! I have my class show their work of art to each other and I elaborate just a bit on each scientist (teacher notes included in this packet!) After this lesson, children will know that ANYONE – boy, girl, from anywhere in the world, can be a scientist!
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