Sir Isaac Newton Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to teach about the influential scientist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton. Students will watch two video lessons, discuss key points of information, and write about Newton's role in the Scientific Revolution.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain Sir Isaac Newton's key contributions to the scientific community
  • explain Newton's role in the Scientific Revolution


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


  • Begin the lesson by dropping an apple onto the ground. Ask students which scientist they think of when they see this simple demonstration. After one or more offer Isaac Newton as a response, explain that the famous tale in which he was hit on the head by an apple--and in that moment theorized about gravity--may not be totally accurate (or even a little bit true!).
  • Begin the video lesson Facts about Isaac Newton: Laws, Discoveries & Contributions. After this brief video lesson, discuss the following questions:
    • What fields of study did Sir Isaac Newton contribute to throughout his life?
    • What were some of his most important contributions?
    • What material invention is he credited with?
  • Next, begin the video lesson Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution. Inform students that they will be writing about Newton's role in the Scientific Revolution, so they may wish to take notes as they watch.
  • Pause the video at 2:36. Discuss the following questions:
    • Why are the Dark Ages so named?
    • In which centuries did the Scientific Revolution take place?
    • Who were some of the leading figures of the Scientific Revolution?
    • Why was the Scientific Revolution so important?
  • Resume and finish the video.

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