1. As students enter the classroom, have them respond
to the following question: “What is Albert Einstein
Distribute the following article: http://physicsweb.org/artilces/world/18/1/2/1 for students to read. Give them 20 minutes to complete
Have them gather in small groups to discuss the following
questions (you should give them the questions and have
them consider each as a group for 3-5 minutes each):
a. Was what you read in the paper different from what you
b. In 1905, on what topics did Einstein publish?
c. Describe what you know about the photoelectric effect.
d. Why do you think Einstein was able to make such a big
dent in the physics world? Was he special? Was he around
at a special time?
e. In the last class, we talked about biomedical imaging.
Are any of his findings relevant to biomedical imaging today?
Have students, individually, describe in their science
notebook what effect they think these findings might
have had on biomedical imaging.
In an advanced class you might have students attempt to describe what was shown
in one of Einstein’s papers, or look historically at the time to
address why these advances came all at once by one man. What else was
happening at the time? Where were advances happening elsewhere?.
notebooks can be checked for the understanding and ability
to connect what they learned in the past lesson with
principles addressed in the article.
You can assess student participation in group work by
visiting each group and evaluating answers.