Scientific Revolution Activities & Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

The Scientific Revolution brought about many changes in how people viewed the world. Use these activities and games to help students explore the Scientific Revolution and its importance.

Revolutionizing Our World

When your students study planetary motion, use a microscope, or engage in science experiments, they are able to do so because of the Scientific Revolution. The Scientific Revolution brought to light alot of what we now understand about our world and beyond. Many inventions, discoveries, and ways of thinking also forever impacted the fields of science and mathematics.

As students learn about the Scientific Revolution, they can begin to understand the profound impact it had on the world and its influence on their lives today. Let's look at some activities and games to help students explore the Scientific Revolution.

Guess That Drawing

Materials

  • Timeline listing important events of the Scientific Revolution
  • Pictures showing important people, events, and discoveries of the Scientific Revolution
  • Dry-erase boards
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Sets of index cards with important people, events, and discoveries of the Scientific Revolution

Teacher Directions

  • Discuss the important events of the Scientific Revolution with the class by reviewing a timeline. Show pictures that help students visualize the important people, events, and discoveries mentioned in the timeline.
  • Divide the class into teams and give each team a dry-erase board, dry-erase markers, and a set of index cards with people, events, and discoveries from the Scientific Revolution written on them.
  • Have the team members take turns selecting a card and drawing a picture of the word written on the card for their team to guess. *Each round, teams will be given one minute to guess the correct word. Teams that guess their word within the minute time frame will receive five points.
  • Continue playing the game until each team has had the opportunity to draw pictures for all the index cards.

Discussion Questions

  • What event do you think was the most important in the Scientific Revolution? Why?
  • Describe the Scientific Revolution in three words. Why did you select those words?

Revolution T-shirts

Materials

  • Pictures of famous scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, etc. of the Scientific Revolution
  • Blank t-shirts or poster board cut into a t-shirt shape
  • Art supplies (fabric markers, fabric paint, markers, paint, paintbrushes, etc.)
  • Access to print/online resources

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