||I show the scene of Neo meeting with Morpheus to
discuss whether or not the "truth" is worth knowing. This sets the theme that I
use throughout the unit. The movie is rated R but the scene I show is G at
||There isn't much out there in terms of interesting
Galileo documentaries but this one isn't awful. I wouldn't show the whole thing
by any means but there a couple worthwhile clips.
Season 1: Fair Game
||While this clip scores low on educational value I've
found few other ways to make Newton interesting. This clip has the Warners
playing a quiz game where they answer every question with "Isaac Newton" until,
of course, a question about gravity is asked.
the Sinful Spyglass
||Another good Galileo documentary. This is from
the "Man, Moment, Machine" series from the History Channel and is very well
done. Arguably usable in full and definitely usable in pieces. Good
reenactments and some basic recreations of Galileo's experiments are a nice
|Great Scientists: Galileo
||Easily the most entertaining Galileo documentary out
there but sadly not available on DVD in the U.S. I caught it on History Channel
Classroom one day and have hoped for a DVD ever since. It is only about 25
minutes and is just plain fun to watch. If you can find this I highly
recommended picking it up. If you are in the U.K. you can get the dvd as an
Season 10: They Saved Lisa's Brain
|| Probably not worth buying for this alone but if you
already have it then there is a clip in this episode of Comic Book Guy
pretending to be Copernicus proclaiming "Verily I declare that the Earth
revolves around the Sun, and not t'other way round!"
||Soundtrack to the movie contains the Oingo Boingo song
"Weird Science" which will easily find itself into your lecture notes at least
Scientific Revolution Teacher's Guide
2. HAM: Ptolemy and Scientific Thought
- Introductory primary source analysis where students read over Ptolemy's rationale for the non-movement of the Earth and then make conjectures about scientific theories based on personal experience.
3. Tell The Truth: Galileo
- A scripted play/gameshow where students ask questions of 3 potential Galileos to determine who the "real" one is.
I. The Scientific Method
a. Covers some of the basic causes of the revolution and the
introduction of the scientific method. A short discussion of the Christian
church's role and position in this is also here.
II. Galileo (and some other guys)
a. These notes really just tell the story of Galileo.
Copernicus and Newton are mentioned in brief but Galileo's experiments and
interactions with the church are the focus.
b. Galileo: To Tell The Truth
- This is a class play/mystery that is a variation on the old game
show. In it students ask pre-written questions (they are available in the link
above) to 3 panelists who then answer the questions (which are also in the
link.) By listening carefully to the 3 panelists students should be able to
figure out which is the "real" Galilleo by the end.