The lesson plans, activities, and resources below were made by educators, for educators to extend the learning experience of Breaking Boundaries in Science. Special thanks to the specialists at Northern Illinois University who made these lessons plans possible.
Your Own Investigation
In this lesson, students will research one of the three scientists portrayed in Breaking Boundaries in Science focusing on their scientific research and developments. They will then explore their own curiosities based upon what they learned about the scientist to develop their own questions and an original investigation. This lesson should only be taught after students have followed the steps for scientific experiments and are familiar with the scientific method.
In elementary and middle school, students learn to write stories in a linear, chronological manner. But by high school, students are ready to study narratives that take more complex forms, such as non-linear storytelling. Breaking Boundaries can serve as a great example of this type of storytelling. In the game, players gather information about different scientists’ lives by exploring their workspaces. Each object within the space provides a window into its owner’s world. Each object’s individual story contributes to the broader narrative of the scientist’s life and work. Interestingly, there is no set way to experience the story. Each player explores the objects that they choose in the order they pick and on the path that they want to follow. In this lesson, students will use items “discovered” in an attic to create a non-linear story about the person who owned them.
Breaking Boundaries Reading List
This list of extension reading material was curated by education specialists at Northern Illinois University, and includes titles that align to the theme and content of Breaking Boundaries in Science.
Idea Sparks & Mini-Lessons
Use this handy and comprehensive list of idea sparks and mini-lessons to facilitate student discussion and deeper learning for Breaking Boundaries in Science.
Living Museum of Scientists
Breaking Boundaries in Science focuses on the life and discoveries of famous female scientists who overcame stereotypes and helped pave the way for modern female scientists. In this lesson, students will research a famous scientist, immerse themselves in that scientist’s world and dramatize the scientist to various audiences.