Who Was Albert Einstein?

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Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here's the story of Albert Einstein's life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.
Curriculet Details
29 Questions
30 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining author's purpose, summarization and noting details. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about media connections and text structure. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of central idea, sequence, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Who Was Albert Einstein?

Watch the video to learn more about Albert Einstein. (This annotation contains a video)
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Albert Einstein was ________________. 

Born to Think

What do you think? Is this story true? 
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How does Albert differ from other boys his age?  
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of fascinated. Which definition most closely fits the context of the sentence? 
Make Connections: How would you feel if you had a younger sibling and it didn't turn out the way you thought it would? Would you be disappointed too? 
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How does Albert feel about his younger sister Maja? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of destined. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for destined? 
How might Albert be different if his family did not encourage him to be a thinker? 

What's to be Done with a Genius?

Can you imagine starting high school when you are 10-years-old? Why do you think this is an awful experience for Albert?  
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Why does Albert NOT like high school? 
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What role does Max Talmey play in Albert's life? 
Why would Max not make a good math tutor for Albert? 
Quiz 1 

Albert Takes a Very Deep Breath … and Keeps Thinking

Make Connections: Would you feel the same as Albert if you were expelled from school? Why or why not? 
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What does Albert like MOST about Italy? 
What is Physics? Watch the video to find out.  (This annotation contains a video)
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According to information in the video, what is physics? 
Mileva Maric and Albert Einstein  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is this a difficult time in Albert's life? 

The Best Years

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Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of invents. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for invents? 
Watch the video to learn how patents work. (This annotation contains a video)
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How does Albert feel at this point in his life? 
Do you agree that Albert looks like he "smoked an exploding cigar"?  (This annotation contains an image)
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What makes Albert's life "even more wonderful"? 
Watch the video to see a demonstration of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is Albert a "rising star"? 
Do the examples help you better understand the way our solar system works? Why or why not? 
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Albert likes for things to be ______________. 
Why is Albert's smile referred to as "mysterious"? What other words could be used to describe his smile? 
Watch the video for an explanation of Einstein's famous equation.  (This annotation contains a video)

Albert Hits High Gear

Do you think Albert will go to Berlin? What would you do? 
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Why is Mileva jealous of Albert's success? 
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What issues do many European countries face in the early 1900's? 
Do you think Albert will regret his decision to move to Berlin? Why or why not? 
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Why is Elsa good for Albert? 
"Person of the Century" (TIME magazine)  (This annotation contains an image)
A stalemate is a situation in which neither side is winning. If France and England were not helping Russia, do you think the war would be a stalemate? 
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What does this statement reveal about Albert? 
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What are the results of Albert Einstein's superstar status? 
Why does proof that light bends make Albert Einstein a superstar? 
Quiz 2 

War … Again

What evidence from the text proves that Albert Einstein is a popular man? 
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What is Albert's reason for traveling to the United States? 
What does this reveal about Albert Einstein? 
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Why do the Nazis NOT like Albert? 
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Why do Albert and Elsa decide to make the United States their new home? 
Where would be the safest place for Albert and Elsa to live? 
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What effect does Elsa's death have on Albert? 
Why are the first couple of years at Princeton difficult for Albert? 
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Why does Albert Einstein write a letter to President Roosevelt? 
What affect will the atomic bomb have on a country and its citizens? 
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Why does Albert say that writing the letter to President Roosevelt, recommending the atom bomb be made, is a mistake? 
Why does Albert think it's a scientist's duty to make sure weapons like the atomic bomb are never used? Do you agree with him? 
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What does the highlighted section reveal about Albert? 
How does Albert feel about kids? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 

Albert's Time Is Up

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What does Albert mean in this quote? 
How do you think Albert feels now? 

A Final Thought

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Why does Albert want his ashes thrown in a secret place? 
Did you expect there to be something special about Albert's brain? Why or why not? 
Quiz 3