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5th grade research project on the lives of famous scientists and inventors
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Assignment Information

If you have any questions, ask Dr. Oettinger.

Step 3: Research Your Scientist Online

Use these databases to find information about your scientist online.

Some of these databases will need you to log in. You can ask your teachers or librarians for Brookwood's log in information.


The Year-Long Scientist Extravaganza

Your mission is to teach the class about a scientist. You will pick a person who interests you. This person can be from the past or currently living.

You’ll do your research using books and the internet. You can also interview a scientist.  I have a list of possibilities.  You may also know someone who would make a good interview subject.

You will give a 10 to 15 minute presentation about your scientist.

Step 1: Choose Your Scientist


Step 2: Research Your Scientist Using Books

You can find books in the classroom, or you can ask your teachers to approve a book that you suggest. 


Look in these places to find books in the library:

ORANGE in the 500s and 600s

BLUE in the 500s and 600s

RED under your scientist's last name

YELLOW under your scientist's last name

You can also ask Mrs. Geraty and Ms. Keller to help you find books.


Questions to Guide Your Research

What does this person study?


What are some of the discoveries she or he made?  How did she or he make these discoveries?


Where was this person born?  When?


Scientific discoveries always happen because of other discoveries that came before.  What did this person already know when she or he asked important questions?


Why did this person want to become scientist?


What are some other interesting stories about this person’s life?


Why did you choose her or him?


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