Note to Teachers

Part of my intention in creating this site is that you be able to borrow parts of it for your own classes. Unlike many lesson plan websites you will see, this website is being developed alongside a class that I am teaching to four different periods of students. There will be comments from me and my students on the lesson plans, describing what went well and what did not. You can be reassured immediately that some idea does or does not work well with actual students.

As you must know, most of what you do in class can't be recorded in a lesson plan. It simply comes out of you, and is more or less ad-libbed. So, don't try to reproduce exactly what I did in the classroom, even if I say that it went amazingly well. As T.S. Eliot says, "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal." I invite you to not just imitate what I do, but to steal it, make it your own, teach it in your own way.

Unless otherwise noted, anything on this site can be freely used and modified in any way you want, provided that it isn't included in any product that is being sold. Information wants to be free.

If you're just looking for a short activity or fun home assignment, you may want to look at my list of Scientist Questions. These are questions about everyday things and experiences that are meant to provoke scientific thinking.