Einstein’s Miracle Year from Ted-Ed

I giggle every time

In 1905, Albert Einstein published four extraordinary papers, each on a different topic, that were destined to radically transform our understanding of the universe. This video and lesson from TED-Ed is a fun and unique way to share with students who Einstein was and why he was so important to science and history.

What are TED-Ed Lessons and how can I use them?

TED-Ed lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. The video clips are awesome and the lessons can be modified to meet the needs of different types of learners. Each TED-Ed lesson is organized into three parts:

  • Watch: Watch the video.
  • Think: Answer multiple choice questions and open answer questions based on the video.
  • Dig Deeper: Find additional resources so that you can learn more on the topic.
  • Discuss: Discussion questions

I giggle every time

Additional Resources

Primary Source Video: Collection of Einstein Footage

Without such freedom there would have been no Shakespeare, no Goethe, no Newton, no Faraday, no Pasteur, and no Lister. (4:23)
– Read the entire speech, The Value of the Free Man

Note: I am a big fan of primary sources.  Primary sources are the documents, artifacts, or sources from the actual time period of study. Some examples of primary sources include photographs, legal documents, pottery, jewelry, buildings, maps, fossils, paintings, newspaper articles, scientific journals, and other evidence from a specific time period. I’m always surprised by how interested students are in primary documents.

Learn more about primary sources from my post, From the Horses Mouth: Primary Sources


What did you learn about Einstein from watching the video(s)? What are some interesting facts or common misconceptions about Einstein?

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