Was George Washington a Scientist? with Peggy Thomas

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Was George Washington a scientist? In this interdisciplinary program that blends history, science and biography, students will decide for themselves. We’ll investigate what it means to be a scientist and how that compares with what George did on his farm at Mount Vernon. We’ll discuss the scientific method, analyze primary resources such as George’s diary and letters, and come to a conclusion based on our hour of inquiry.

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By Request: $300.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum, but for optimum student participation, we suggest no more than 40 students.

Primary Disciplines

Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. After introducing myself, I’ll ask the students what it means to be a scientist. We’ll make a list of a scientist’s qualifications.

2. I will share with students my thoughts on what it means to be a scientist – explaining the scientific method and the importance of observation, hypothesis, and experimentation, etc.

3 Referring back to passages in the book, Farmer George Plants a Nation, we’ll make a list of all the ‘sciencey’ things George did.

4.We will examine primary sources such as pages from his weather journal, diaries and letters.

5.Then we’ll go back to what it means to be a scientist. Did he ask a question? Did he experiment? Did he make observations? What did he do with that information? Was he a scientist? Students will decide.


Students will:
Explore what it means to be a scientist.

Analyze a biography with the author to locate basic information

Examine primary source documents to back up those facts

Engage in a discussion about what it means to be a scientist

Come to a conclusion about whether George Washington was a scientist or not.

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