Galileo the Physicist, Astronomer and Philosopher
Born on February 15, 1564 and passed away on January 8, 1642. Galileo was a physicist, astronomer and philosopher who discovered four of Jupiter's 16 moons and improved the telescope. Have your students create a timeline of his life.
This lesson will help students understand why Galileo's conclusions about the position of Earth in the solar system raised objections from the Church. It will also discuss the fact that Galileo lived at the beginning of a period in which scientific inquiry flourished.
The Galileo Project
Provided by Rice University for school projects this excellent resource includes a biography, a time line, and a gallery of portraits. If you are ready to move beyond the basics, try Science (articles about the scientists and scientific instruments of Galileo's time) and Christianity (an introduction to the inquisition and important church figures.) For links to lesson plans, look in the Library.
Read Galileo's Treasure Box by Catherine Brighton (Walker & Company, 2001) to your class. This wonderful book tells the story of Galileo's daughter, Virginia, as she explores her father's experiments with lenses and gravity.