Science Lesson Plans and Resources

Free science lesson plans and resources for K-12 teachers! Please note that
lesson plans for earth science, life science/biology, and physical science have
been moved to separate pages but can still be accessed from the menu below.
Last updated 11-3-2015

Index: Collections of Science LessonsRubrics for ScienceScientific Method/Nature of Science,
Science HistoryI nventors/InventionsScience Fair/ProjectsE
arth Science (Geology, Weather, Climate, Ecology, Biomes)Life Science/Biology (Cells, Genetics, Evolution, Zoology/Animals, Plants, Physiology, Anatony),  Physical Science, (Chemistry, Astronomy, Aviation, Physics, Atoms, Molecules, Gravity. Force, Electricity, Light, Magnets, Force, Motion, Simple Machines),  Science Homework Help

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Large Collections of Lesson Plans for Multiple Science Subjects
Science Lesson Plan Data Base
More than 40 lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from the National Teacher Training Institute.

National Geographic Science Lessons
Many excellent lesson plans.

Smithsonian Education: Science and Technology
Many high-quality lesson plans.

Discovery Education
Use their lesson plans search to find what you need.

Newton's Apple Science Teacher's Guides
See their alphabetical index of teacher guides.

Engineering-based lesson plans and activities for all grade levels. Take a look at their home page for more resources.

McREL Lesson Plan Library - Science
Many lesson plans organized by topic.

Try Science Lesson Plans
"Hands-on lessons focused on environmental science."

California Academy of Science
Use their lesson plan search to find what you need.       

The Engineering Place
Elementary and middle school lesson plans.

Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement
Lesson plans for science and math.

Science Activities for Teachers
Many free activities and documents from eNotes.

Science Education Gateway
The above link takes you to the
SEGway Lesson Plan Catalog by Grade.

Education World - Science
Many activities unique to this site.

Reach Out! Michigan Hands-On Science
Many science lesson plans and quick and easy activities.

Franklin Institute Science Lesson Plans
Lesson ideas for a variety of topics.

National Wildlife Federation
A long list of lessons organized by topic.

NOAA Ocean Service Education
The above link takes you to their lesson plan library.

Science Netlinks
A comprehensive guide to science, technology, and mathematics web sites as well as a searchable library of lesson plans.

ProTeacher Science and Technology
An excellent source with many lesson plans unique to this site.

Energy and Science Lesson Plans
From Energy Quest California.

ExploraVision Lesson Plans
Downloadable lessons organized by grade level.   

Ethics and Values in Pre-College Science Instruction

Teacher resources including many lesson plans incorporating ethical and values issues.

NASA Quest
Free online tools and resources. See also Atmospheric Science Trading Cards and Lesson Plans, Eclipse in a Different Light, and Imagine the Universe! for more lesson plans from NASA.

Different online features every few months.

Rubrics for Science
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Assessment and Rubrics
Information and examples of various types of rubrics, including ones for student web projects, cooperative learning activities, labs, group participation, multimedia presentations, oral presentations, portfolio exhibits, and research papers.
"The official website for links to rubrics, "this page offers links to many science rubrics.

Grade 3 Report Card Rubric - Science

Primary Science Rubric
See also 2nd-Grade Science Report Card Rubric.

Science Rubrics
A bunch of rubrics from Teacher Planet.

Science Rubric
A generic science rubric. See also Exemplars Science Rubric.   

Rubric for Science Projects

Lab Report Rubric

See also Biology Laboratory Microscope Drawing Rubric.

Relativity Project Rubrics
Several rubrics for scoring the various aspects of a project for high school physics.

Research Paper Rubric

Laboratory Activity Rubric

Biology Rubrics and Handouts
Scroll down the page to find the four rubrics.

Physics Experiment Evaluation Rubric

Chemistry Standards-Based Rubric: Atomic Structure and Bonding
See also Chem Lab Evaluation Rubric.

Scientific Method/Nature of Science Lesson Plans and Resources

Following the Scientific Method
An exercise exploring the scientific method. See also
Introduction to the Scientific Method for an overview of the scientific method.

Everyday Science: Discovering the Scientific Method
An extensive teacher's guide from Discovery Education: Myth Busters Scientific Inquiry.

How Many Drops of Water on a Penny?
A lesson plan in which students use the scientific method for science inquiry.

Introduction to the Scientific Method
A lesson plan that can be used with a variety of grade levels.

The Scientific Method in Undersea Archaeology
A high school lesson plan from National Geographic.

Steps in the Scientific Method
A flow chart.

How Many Fish are in that Pond?
A high school lesson plan in which students use sampling, estimation, and statistical analysis

Nature of Science
Information and a grade lesson plans from  from Understanding Svolution.

Nature of Science
Information and teaching ideas from The Butterfly Project.

Science vs. Non-Science
A mini-lesson exploring six criteria of science. It compares emerging science, non-science, and pseudoscience, with definitions and examples. The activity engages students in analyzing a collection of paragraphs to decide which category each fits into.

Nature of Science
Several lesson plans intended for a high school biology course.

Science History Lesson Plans and Resources
History of Science Classroom Lesson Plans
More than 25 lesson plans from Secondary Teaching.

The Scientific Revolution: Science and Society from the Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment

Many lesson plans, mostly for grades 9-12, from the Ohio State University History Teaching Institute.

Isaac Newton
A high school lesson plan on Newton and his contributions to science.

Elements of Biology: Evolution
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 in which learn about Darwin, his theory of evolution, and some of the controversies related to it.

Darwin and  Evolution
Slides and lesson plans. See also Darwin Day and Evolution Wing: Theory and History.  

Origin of the Species vs. Zoological Philosophy
A middle or junior high school lesson plan in which students debate the theories of Darwin and Lamarck.

Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial
A 5-day lesson plan and
Whose ‘Truth’ Is Out There? for a lesson plan from the N.Y. Times. For background information, see The Antievolution Crusade of the 1920s, Clash of Cultures: The Scopes Trial, Tennessee vs. John Scopes: The Monkey Trial, and The 'Intelligent Design' Debate.

The Manhattan Project
A three-part lesson plan on the creation of the atomic bombs that ended WWII. See also Atomic Bomb Lesson Plan and To Drop the Bomb or Not.

Race to the Moon
A lesson pan for grades 2-3 on the space race. See also
American-Soviet Space Race as a Product of the Cold War, NASA Challenging the Space Frontier Teacher's Guide and Sputnik's 50th Anniversary: The Beginning of the Space Race.

The History of Vaccines Lesson Plan: The Scientific Method in Vaccine History
A high school lesson plan.

Famous Scientists WebQuest
See also Scientists Around the World.

Women in Medicine: Past and Future
A lesson plan from Science Net Links. See their other lesson plans about the
achievements of women in science.

Women in Science
A high school lesson plan from Education World.

Ellen Ochoa
A lesson plan about
the first Hispanic woman ever to be accepted into the NASA space shuttle program
. See also Hispanic/Latino Astronauts.

African Americans in Science
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Science NetLinks.

History of Physics
Links to many sites related to physics history.

Chemistry Teaching Resources: The History of Chemistry  

History of Biology
Links to biographies of famous biologists.

Inventors/Inventions Lesson Plans and Resources
Inventors and Inventions Theme Page
Information and lesson plans.

Inventions 1: Edison and the Light
A K-2 lesson plan from Science NetLinks. See also Inventions 2: The Impact.

Invention of the Telephone
A lesson plan for grades 2-3.

Inventors and Innovators
Another lesson plan from Science NetLinks. This one is for grades 6-8.

A lesson plan for grades 4-8

Cool Inventions
Lesson ideas from Crayola.

Inventions That Changed our World
Four mini lessons from Scholastic.

Inventors And Inventions 1
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Discovery Education. See also
Inventors And Inventions 2: Air And Space.

Invention: Computer Technology
A middle-grade lesson plan from
Discovery Education.

You, Too, Can Be an Inventor!
A middle-grade lesson plan.

The Inventor Was a Woman
A lesson plan
about women’s contributions to the world in the form of inventions and discoveries.

Chinese Inventors
A 7th-grade lesson plan.

Inventors of the Industrial Revolution
Lesson ideas from Teachers First.

Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh
A lesson plan examining
how the inventions of Henry Ford changed culture in America.

Mission: Invention

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from PBS.

The Power of Invention
Lesson plans from MENSA for Kids.

Resources and links from

Science Fairs/Projects Lesson Plans and Resources
Teacher's Guide to Science Projects
From Science Buddies. See also Science Fair Guide - Resources for Teachers and Teacher's Guide to Science Projects.

Science Fair Central
Lots of resources from Discovery Education.

What Makes a Good Science Project?
Excellent advice from Energy Quest. See their ideas for projects.

How-To's for the Successful Science Fair
Ideas for a successful science fair.

Selected Internet Resources -  Science Fair Projects
From the Library of Congress. See also Science Fair Project Resource Guide.  

All Science Fair Projects
Hundreds of science fair projects.

Science Fair Idea Exchange
An archive of ideas. See also Science Fair Idea Exchange: Biology, Chemistry, Physics.   

Science Projects & Experiments
Many ideas from the Lesson Plans Page.


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