Men and Women of the Atom
Men and Women
of the Atm


Background

Scientists have known about the Atom for a long time. The ancient Greeks were some of the first to theorize about small invisible parts of matter which they called atomos which meant indivisible. However, today we know that atoms are indeed divisible! Many scientists since the Greeks have made discoveries that have led to our modern day atomic theory. In this activity, students will research a given list of scientists, discover their contributions, and develop a presentation called
Men and Women of the Atom.


Prerequisites:

Students should be familiar with the following:



Objectives:

Students will be able to do the following after completing this lesson:

  • Access and use the Internet to perform research
  • Develop a table for recording data
  • Describe several scientists and their contributions to our present-day concept of atoms
  • Produce a webpage about their scientist


Materials:

Niels Bohr
James Chadwick
Marie Curie
John Dalton
Christiane Bonnelle
Albert Einstein
Enrico Fermi
Yvette Cauchois
Lise Meitner
Dimitri Mendelejev
Ernest Rutherford
J. John Thomson

Find and research at least 3 other atomic scientists - at least 2 being women - not on the list.


Procedure:

  • Complete the Data Table below by researching the links provided.
  • Find as many "extra tidbits" about each scientists as you can.
  • Choose a method to exhibit your research - See details below.

Data Table:

Scientist Nationality Time Period Specific Dates Contribution(s) Significance
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

Assessment:
I. Choose one of the following:

You may work with a partner on this assignment!
  • Create a webpage to be posted on the internet for all to see and oooh and aaah over.
If computers are not available, select one of the following:
  • Develop an illustrated timeline of your discoveries.
  • Create a scrapbook of your findings.
  • Develop a skit where each scientist is interviewed by a talkshow host.
  • Do you have an idea? If so, check with your teacher to see if your idea is acceptable.

II. Grading:


Criteria

Possible Points

Earned Points

Data Table
Complete,
Accurate,
and Legible
50 points 
Presentation
Followed Directions,
Creative,
Informative,
Neat, and Attractive
50 points 
Obvious Extra Effort
 
0-10 points 
Possible Total Points
 
110 points 
BE AS CREATIVE AND INFORMATIVE AS POSSIBLE BY ADDING EXTRA TIDBITS THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO FIND ABOUT EACH SCIENTIST!


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