Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic George Washington Carver, and supports the standard of analyzing individuals’ contributions to scientific and societal progress. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What famous inventors do you know? Why are they important?
  • What ideas do you have for a new invention? What problem would your invention solve?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

Read the description on the George Washington Carver topic page.

  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express understanding of George Washington Carver while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a biopic of George Washington Carver that highlights his greatest accomplishments. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying and explaining three of Carver’s major contributions to agricultural science.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring artifacts to represent Carver’s inventions and innovations. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences based on explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the George Washington Carver Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the George Washington Carver Quiz.  

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Time Zone X: George Washington Carver: Challenge students to put historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game. 

Famous Scientists Unit: Continue to build understanding around individual’s scientific contributions with BrainPOP topics.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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