Archimedes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson plan helps you present the essence of what we know about Archimedes' life and inventions. It also offers several important discussion topics and an activity designed to solidify the students' understanding of Archimedes' impact on society.

Learning Objective:

After this lesson, students should be able to:

  • discuss Archimedes' life (where he was from and what was his profession?)
  • know what Archimedes discovered/invented
  • explain Archimedes' role in math


1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Materials Needed

  • Students may need to use textbooks, videos, websites, and articles based on science and history for the activity
  • Poster board or materials for making a model
  • Bowl of water
  • Corks
  • Rocks and/or pebbles

Key Vocabulary

  • Archimedes Principle
  • Archimedes screw
  • Claw of Archimedes
  • Heat ray


  • Start the lesson by asking: Who is Archimedes?
  • Allow a quick class discussion.
  • Show the class the video Who is Archimedes? - Biography, Inventions & Contributions.
  • Pause the video at 1:02.
    • Who was Archimedes? When and where did he live? Have the students discuss what we know about Archimedes, his life, and his death.
  • Resume the video and pause at 1:45. Discuss with students how the Archimedes Principle relates to the concept of buoyancy.

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