The Scientific Revolution: Science & Society from the Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment: Lesson Plans


The Scientific Revolution resulted from a monumental series of discoveries, especially those in astronomy and related fields, in the 16th and 17th centuries. The impact of these discoveries went far beyond the walls of the laboratory—it created a genuine revolution in the way Western people thought about the world. Participants in this institute will study how the revolution in science and technology was directly linked to revolutions in religion, politics, and society. They will read selections from Kepler, Galileo, and Newton, and see examples of the books they published to spread their ideas.

Here you will find a variety of lesson plans using primary sources. Many of these lessons reference documents, images, and items you can find on the Historical Resources page of this website. They were all created by classroom teachers.

Here are some resources to help your students to analyze primary sources:


Here is a Image Analysis Worksheet (and again as a Word Document you can edit).
Here is an
Click on the link to download a PowerPoint Overview of the Scientific Revolution

Grade 5 Lesson Plans
"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants": Major Figures of the Scientific Revolution

Grade 6, 7, 8 Lesson Plans
Go straight to the Source: Newton and Wilkins

High School (9-12) Lesson Plans
The Scientific Revolution: An Overview
The Scientific Revolution: Picturing a Worldview
The Scientific Revolution: Another Overview Lesson
Where in the Universe is the Earth?
Walking the Historical Path: Chemistry's Journey from Ancients to Alchemy to Modern Science
The Development of Atomic Theory
Galileo and the Scientific Method
“From White Light to Rainbow Brite”: Sir Isaac Newton and Optics
Emblematic Images in the Scientific Revolution
Witchcraft in Salem
Religion and the Scientific Revolution: Copernicus, Kepler  Galileo, and Bacon
The Trial of Galileo
Revolutionary Thinkers from the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment
From Scientific Revolution to Enlightenment
The Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment: A Baseball Card Project 

This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

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