Nanotechnology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is nanotechnology and how does it impact our daily lives? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the parameters of nanotechnology. An activity allows students to show mastery with a creative spin.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'nanotechnology'
  • list and describe common applications for nanotechnology
  • explain how nanotechnology has influenced the field of information technology


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).



  • Begin by writing the term 'nano' on the board.
  • Give students one minute to brainstorm a list of terms that include the prefix 'nano'.
  • Have students take turns sharing their brainstormed lists with the class as you write common terms on the board.
    • What does 'nano' mean?
    • What commonalities do the words on the list share?
    • Did the word 'nanotechnology' appear on the list?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class, one each.
  • Tell the class to read the introduction and 'What is Nanotechnology?' section of the text lesson.
    • What is the definition of 'nanotechnology'?
  • Have the students read the 'Nanotechnology Applications' section of the text lesson, including the 'Medicine', 'Food', 'Batteries', 'Space' and 'Clean Water' subsections.
    • Which of the applications of nanotechnology mentioned in the text lesson is most applicable to your daily life and why?
  • Ask the class to read the remainder of the text lesson.
    • Have any of you seen or even used any of the examples of nanotechnology that were mentioned in the text lesson? If so, what was it like?
    • Can you think of any additional examples of nanotechnology?
  • Review key points about nanotechnology with the class before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the class, one copy per student.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet using what they learned about nanotechnology from the text lesson.

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