Science Lesson Plans and Resources

This page provides links to FREE lesson plans and resources for all grade levels and all science areas typically taught in K-12 schools. Click on a topic from the index below. If you need lesson plans for health or nutrition, click here. Find science homework help by clicking on the linked text, or see the recently-added Invasive Species lesson plans. All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated in January/February-2014!


Index: Multi-Subject Science Pages; Rubrics; Scientific Method/Nature of Science; Astronomy; Biology/Genetics; Evolution; Plants/Farm; Trees/Forests/Rain Forests; Environment; Prairies; Wetlands; Pollution; Waste/Recycling; Water/Oceans; Invasive Species; Animals  (Marine Animals/Fish, Mammals, Farm Animals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Birds, Dinosaurs, Insects, Spiders); Physiology/Anatomy/The Senses; Geology/Earth Science; Fossils; Weather (including Seasons); Disasters; Physical Science; Energy; Simple Machines; Physics; Aviation/Aeronautics; Chemistry; History of Science; Inventions/Inventors; Science Fairs/Projects; Go to the National Science Education Standards; 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.

I-STEM Resource Notebook
"
Student centered, experiential and investigatory learning based lesson plans for all STEM subject areas and grade levels."

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

The Engineering Place
Elementary and middle school lesson plans.

STEM Education Resource Center

From PBS.

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.

National Geographic Science Lessons
Many excellent lesson plans.

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

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

Franklin Institute Science Lesson Plans
Elementary science lesson ideas; most are constructivist.

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.

Academy Curricular Exchange
Click on this line for the main menu, or click below for the grade level in which you are interested.

K-5 Over (130 lesson plans)
Middle Grades (About 60 lesson plans)
High School (About 20 lesson plans)

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

Access Excellence
Lesson plans, activities, and online mysteries. Click Fellows Collection or Activities to Go to access their large collection of lesson plans.

Energy and Science Lesson Plans
From Energy Quest California.

ExploraVision Lesson Plans
Downloadable lessons organized by grade level.   

Teacher First Lesson Plans
Use their lesson plan search to find science lesson plans for all levels and in a variety of areas.

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.

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 guidea.

Exploratorium
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.


Rubrician.com
"The official website for links to rubrics, "this page offers links to many science rubrics.

Grade 3 Report Card Rubric - Science
See also Grade 4 Report Card Rubric - Science.

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

Science Rubrics
A bunch of rubrics from Teacher Planet.

Assessment of Experiments and Science Projects Using a Generic Rubric
A rubric for experiments using the scientific method. See also Rubric for Science Projects.

Science Investigation Rubric
Adaptable for grades K-4 or 5-12. See also Holistic Rubric for Science Experiments, an example of a rubric using a 1 through 5 scale, as well as  Technological Design Rubric.  

Scientific Report Rubric
See also Lab Report Rubric
and Biology Laboratory Microscope Drawing Rubric

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

General Science Lab Rubric
From a biology class. See also
Laboratory Activity Rubric.

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


Physics Experiment Evaluation Rubric
See also Physics I Laboratory Grading Rubric

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

Scientific Method/Nature of Science
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.

Rusting and the Scientific Method
A lesson plan for grades 8-9 in which students identify and utilize elements of scientific inquiry to solve problems.

Consumer Testing in the Classroom
A lesson idea for teaching the scientific method.

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 the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

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.

Astronomy Lesson Plans and Resources
Kid's Astronomy.com
A terrific site with real-time maps of the night sky, an astronomy dictionary and astronomy news, plus wonderful information on the solar system, space exploration, and deep space.

Space Science Institute Resources for Educators
Many lesson plans and resources.

Astronomy Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Discovery Education.

The Story Of The Solar System
One elementary lesson plan from the above site.

Selected Topics in Astronomy and Space Studies
Thirteen middle grade and high school units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Teacher resources including lesson plans from NASA.

Educator's Guide to Moon Phases
Good, concise information from Views of the Solar System. See their collection of lesson plans and activities.

Savage Sun
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education. See also The Energy of the Sun.

A Journey Through the Solar System
A lesson plan fro grades 3-5. See similar lesson plans for grades 1-3 and grades 5-8 as well as other Planetology Education Modules from Messenger Education.       

NASA Solar System Exploration
Use their Fast Lesson Finder to locate NASA approved lesson plans. See also Exploring the Planets.

Incredible, Edible Solar System, Earth and the Solar System
A lesson plan for grades K-3. See also Earth and the Solar System and Best of the Solar System for other lesson plans. 

The Discovery of the Solar System
A lesson plan from NASA in which students
learn about the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, the ideas behind it and the explanations which it displaced.  See also Take a Spin through the Solar System.

Mars Education
STEM lesson plans from Arizona State University.

Destination Mars
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery Education.

Mission to Mars
Ideas for teaching about Mars from Education World.

Mars Landing Site

A lesson plan for grades 5-9. See many similar lesson plans.

Live From Earth and Mars: Educational Modules
Lesson plans, mostly on Mars but a few on weather, for a variety of grade levels.

Surviving and Thriving on Mars
Join the Millennium Project and help create a living environment from the ground up!

The Discovery of Jupiter Radio Waves
Lesson plans from NASA.

The Impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9
A unit on the comet that smashed into the planet Jupiter.

The Educator's Guide to the NEAR Project
Information and lesson plans form the NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) Project.

SETI Life in the Universe (LITU) Curriculum
Sample lesson plans on the possible existence of extraterrestrial life. 

Exploring Stars
An elementary lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also
Star Light, Star Bright; Lesson Plan G2 The Stars; Constellations; and How Big is that Star?

Satellite Lesson Plans
Seven lesson plans from Boston University.

Exploring Meteorite Mysteries
A teacher's guide with 19 lesson plans. The materials are in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to access them. See Creating Craters for classroom activities from NASA and Exloring Meteorite Mysteries  - Slide Set to find slides for use in a presentation

Space Adventure
For another astronomy WebQuest, see The Ultimate Solar System Catalog.

Windows to the Universe
A graphics-intensive space science website with tons of information and a teacher/student workbook.

NASA Quest Education Page
Information from the space agency. 

Welcome to the Planets
Great source for pictures of and information about the planets.

Challenger Center for Space Education
More space stuff


Biology Resources and Lesson Plans (Includes Genetics, Cells, and Evolution)

Biology Lessons for Practicing and Prospective Teachers
This excellent site from SDSU offers elementary lesson plans and teacher's guides for teaching about Molecules and Cells as well as population biology.

SMILE Biology Index
A collection of nearly 200 lesson plans organized by topic!

Biology Homework Help
Resources for many biology topics or ask a specific question.

Biology Lesson Plans
Several lessons from the Science Spot.

The Biology Corner
Many lesson plans, worksheets, WebQuests, and quizzes.

Online Biology Book
Just what the title suggests!

NIH Curriculum Supplement Series
Curriculum supplements consistent with National Science Education Standards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Science Education.

Access Excellence Biology and Life Sciences Activity Exchange
Archive of favorite activities submitted by high school biology teachers .

Biology Lessons
A large collection of lesson plans for all grade levels. See also Hands-on Science Lessons.  

Jello Cells
A junior high science activity in which students construct models of cells.

How Cells Duplicate
A 2-week unit for 7th grade.

Screen Your Genes
A lesson plan for grades 7-12 designed
to introduce students to the concepts of meiosis, independent assortment, fertilization and genetic variation.


Mitosis/Meiosis Flip Book
A high school lesson plan. See also Mitosis and Meiosis for activities, labs, and links as well as How Cells Divide: Mitsis and Meiosis for a slide show from NOVA's "18 Ways to Make a Baby."

Phases of Meiosis
A worksheet complete with diagrams from the Biology Corner.

Cell Division and Mitosis
A lesson plan for high school biology. Click here for an onion cell drawing (to be labeled).

Mitosis
A 10th-grade lesson plan.

From Cell to DNA
A high school lesson plan from Science Netlinks.

Genetics Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans and resources from Human Genome Networking project.

Genetics
More lesson plans from the Biology Corner.

Genetics
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Building a Model DNA
Another middle grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Breaking the Code
A thematic unit for grades 4-6 introducing the topics of DNA and the genetic code.


Beans to Genes: Genetic Probability
A secondary lesson plan.

The Future's in the Genes
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Education World.

From Jeans to Genes
A middle school lesson plan introducing students to the structure of chromosomes.

Genes at Work
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Population Genetics
An simulation for grades 9-12.

Let's Juggle Genes
An online activity.

Genetics Education Center
Genetics lesson plans, resources, and links.

Genetics
Many lesson plans from the N.Y. Times Learning Network.

The Genome: Controversy for All Times
A secondary unit examining the ethical and moral issues surrounding research into mapping the human genome.

How Do We Inherit Our Biological Characteristics?
A 10th-grade project investigating the problem of inherited human disorders. It requires Internet access and is aligned with National Science Education Standards

Whose Life Is It?

A high school lesson plan that uses a fictional story to examine some of the ethical and values issues related to human cloning. See Genetic Research: Decisions to be Made for a similar lesson plan using a news story.

The Clone Age
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Cloning Science.

Evolution
Understanding Evolution
From the Evolution Wing, this site provides information about and links to other sites related to the history of evolution. See also The Ultimate Creation vs. Evolution Resource.

Evolution
A large collection of lesson plans, activities, and labs. Most seem to be high school level. See also Biology Links: Evolution.  

Evolution Lessons
A collection of high school lesson plans from Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes.

The Evolution of Plants
Information and sample lesson plans from a high school unit.

Hominid Evolution
Another unit for high school biology or advanced biology.

Human Evolution
A high school lesson plan integrating the study of human evolution and history.

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

Darwin's Evolution
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about Charles Darwin. See also Darwin Day Foundation.  

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.

Scopes Trial Activity
A lesson plan appropriate for secondary students. See also Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial for 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.


Online Lessons for Students: Learning Evolution
Seven lesson plans providing " multimedia pathways to help students understand evolution and the nature of science
."

Evolution Project
A lesson plan from The Biology Corner.

Tree of Life
Information about phylogeny and biodiversity. "The information is linked together in the form of the evolutionary tree that connects all organisms to each other."

Resources and Lesson Plans on Plants ( Including Lessons on Farms)
Photosynthesis , Trees, and the Greenhouse Effect
An 8th-grade lesson plan from National Geographic. Click here for an excellent resource on photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis and Transpiration
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Botany Activities and Lesson Plans
About 20 lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum.

Identifying Parts of a Flower
An elementary-grade lesson plan. See also Friendly Flowers for a K-2 lesson. For information on Flowers, see the Garden Web Glossary of Botanical Terms.

Designing a Native Plants Garden
A K-2 Lesson plan. See also Grass and Wildflower Lesson Plan, Celebrating Wildflowers, and Wildflower Garden for ideas about starting a wildflower garden at your school. For information on wildflowers, go to The Wildflower Center and Wildflowers.

Gems from the Garden - Digging Up Activities for All Ages
Many for gardening-related activities from Education World.    

What's in a Garden?
An elementary lesson  plan. See also Sharing the Joy of a Garden.

How Does Our Garden Grow?
A primary-grade lesson plan from Evergreen. See their many other lesson plans.

The Great Plant Escape
An interdisciplinary program for students in grades 4-5 designed to introduce them to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. available in either Spanish or English.

Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project
An excellent lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read Write Think.

Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.  

AppleQuest
An elaborate WebQuest for grades 5+ about growing apples!

Apples & More
From the University of Illinois Extension,
this website offers suggestions for accessible and stimulating activities for a series of lessons about apples. The unit encompasses many areas of the curriculum: math, science, writing, literature, art and social studies.
See also
A Bushel of Facts About Wisconsin Apples for teaching ideas from the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association and NY Apple Country Teacher Kit for lesson plans and other teaching resources.

Johny Appleseed Day Research Activity
An elementary-grade lesson plan.. See also
Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed or John Chapman: Which Character is Your Favorite? and Apples, Apples, Apples for other lesson plans.

Farms and Agriculture Lesson Plans -
For lesson plans and units on farm animals, click here.  
On the Farm Theme Unit
A kindergarten unit.

Farm
Links to worksheets, unit, lesson plans, and other resources from ProTeacher.com.

From a Seed to  Loaf: The Story of Growing Grain
A primary-grade unit.

From Seed to Plant
A primary-grade lesson plan.

A Day on the Farm
A 1st-grade lesson plan.

From Maize to Milk: A Barnyard Full of Activities

Several activities from Education World.

Growing Corn
An elementary grade lesson plan from the Michigan DNR. See also Corn -  An A-Maizing Plant.

Agriculture in the Classroom
Many lesson plans from the USDA. See also
Ag Lesson Plans in Power Point Format.

Agriculture and Environment Lesson Plans
A large number of lesson plans.

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
Many lesson plans for a variety of grade levels. See also Lesson Plans - Archive.

Fruits and Vegetables Series
Many lesson plans from NOAH.net.

Weather and Agriculture
A high school lesson plan from National Geographic in which students
research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture.

Pumpkin Themes
Links to many lesson plans and units on pumpkins. See also Pump up the Curriculum with Pumpkins. Go to Fall Holiday Lesson Plans for Halloween ideas.

Hot Seeds
An inquiry-based lesson for grades 5-12 complete with assessment rubrics.

Trees/Forests/Rain Forests - Click on a topic: trees/tree rings, leaves, rain forests
Trees/Tree Rings
It's All in the Rings
A lesson plan for grades 7-12. See also Tree Rings as Records of the Past for a lesson plan  adaptable to grades 1-8 and The Science of Tree Rings for an excellent resource.

Planting Trees
See also
Tree Planting for Climate Change,
Tree Seedling Planting, A Tree is a Friend, and Forest Info for many more lesson plans.

A Journey through the Trees
An elementary-grade lesson plan on the importance of trees.


Sustainable Forestry
A lesson plan from the Penn State School of Forest Resources. See their
From the Woods Series.

Lesson Plans for Forest-Minded Teachers
Many lesson plans in pdf format for a variety of grade levels from the Idaho Forest Products Commission. This site takes a a while to load!

Seasons of Trees
An elementary-grade lesson plan from the above site. See also Trees and Their Parts.

Forestry/Natural Resources Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans organized by grade level.

LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guides
Lesson plans for all grade levels from
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

My Life as a Tree
A lesson plan for grades K-4 designed to introduce students to the parts of a tree and how they function.

Learning from the Forest
Many lesson plans about trees and forests for all grade levels. Since the lessons are in pdf format, you will need Adobe Acrobat to read them.

Talk about Trees
Nine lesson plans about California forests.

National Tree Day
Lesson plans from Planet Ark.

Uses of Trees
A kindergarten lesson plan in which students identify three or four ways trees are used.

Tree Identification
A lesson plan in which students learn about the characteristics and uses of different trees as well as techniques to identify them. See also
How Appropriate is that Tree?   

Tree Identification Webquest

See also The Tree WebQuest.


If a Tree Falls in the Forest
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

How Does Your Tree Measure Up?  
See also Measuring Trees and Forest Measurements.


Biomes: Forests and Seeds
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education in which students learn how seasonal changes affect life in a temperate forest.


Using Real Life Data to Understand Deforestation
A high school lesson plan from the Green Schools Leadership Center.


Leaves
How are Leaves Alike and Different?
A lesson plan that can be adapted to various grade levels. See also What Tree Is That? for a tree identification field guide.

Observe a Leaf
An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students
observe and describe leaves.

Tree and Leaf Identification - Part 1
A 3rd-grade lesson plan. See Parts 2 and 3.

Leaf ID and Leaf Bingo
Another 3rd-grade lesson plan from the above source. See also What Can a Leaf Be?

Leaves, Leaves, and More Leaves!
Activities for circle time.


Fall Leaves Fall
A K-2 lesson plan from Scholastic.

Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?  
A lesson plan in which students
learn how to make a hypothesis and investigate to find the answer. See also What Color Are the Leaves?

Add Color -- and Learning  --  to Your Fall Lesson Plans!
Many ideas to celebrate fall and its colors from Education World. See also Photosynthesis Fall's Most Valuable Lesson for more ideas from Education World.   

The Miracle of Fall
Information on fall color. Click on education for teaching activities related to the seasons and fall foliage. 

Rain Forest
Rain Bird Rain Forest Curriculum
Curriculum materials and activities for all grade levels. 

Rainforest Alliance Curriculum
Click on the grade level you teach on the left side to find the lesson plans.

Rainforest Heroes Lesson Plan Ideas
Ideas for elementary-grade activities.   

Amazon Rain Forest Unit
A cross-disciplinary, primary-grade unit. Also, see Rain Forest Animals, a teacher's guide from Newton's Apple. 

Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Rainforest
An elementary-grade lesson plan from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

The Layers of the Rain Forest
An elementary lesson plan. See Virtual Rainforest for an online tour.

Rainforests
An Internet-based middle-grade or high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Saving the Rain Forest
A lesson plan for grades 2-3. See also
Exploring the Rain Forest Through Print, Graphics, and Sound.

It's Goin' Down; The Rain Forest
A 4-lesson unit from Learning to Give.

Human Impacts in the African Rain Forest: What Can We Do?
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Xpeditions. See also
Amazon deforestation for a lesson plan from the BBC.

Rainforest WebQuest
See also
Me? Live in a Rainforest? for another WebQuest.     



Environment - Click on a topic:
Environment/Ecology, Prairies, Wetlands, Pollution, Waste/Recycling


Environment/Ecology
Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation.

Exploring the Environment
Great modules and activities for high school environmental science.

Environmental Quality in the 21st Century
Eleven units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Environmental Education Link (EE Link)
Links to information, projects, and organizations as well as lesson plans.

The Environment and Ecosystem
A lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also
Elements Of Biology: Ecosystems: Organisms And Their Environments.

Land and People: Finding a Balance
A teaching guide from the USGS Learning Web with activities that engage high school students in studying ecosystems resource issues.

Earth Day Network
See their lesson plans.

Earth Day Lesson Plans
From Education World.

Earth Day Curriculum Resources
Links to resources and lesson plans for all grade levels.

A to Z Teacher Stuff: Environment - Earth Day
This site contains links to thematic units, lesson plans, and resources.

Earth Day
Lesson plans and units from the Donns.

The Earth and Me: Forever Friends
A kindergarten unit.

Project WILD
An activity based, K-12 environmental education program from the Council for Environmental Education. Click on "Project WILD Activity Guides" for information on the K-12 or Aquatic programs.

Schoolyard Pitfall Trap Experiment
A project-based approach to schoolyard habitat development for students in grades 4-12.

Ecology Lesson Plans
From the Biology Corner.
See Lesson Plans and Activities for more ecology lessons.

Elementary Ecosysytems
A middle-grade lesson plan from Xpeditions. See also
Ecosystem Organization and Ecological Organization.

The Grand Canyon
A middle-grade lesson plan from The Discovery Channel School that explores how the damming of a river can have both positive and negative effects on the ecology of an area.

Habitat Hunt
Elementary or middle-grade activities for teaching about wildlife habitat and ecology.

Prairies
Prairie Ecosystems Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and resources. See also Prairie Resources and Webliography as well as Natural History Lesson Plans - Prairie Curriculum.

Prairies
A 1st or 2nd-grade lesson plan using Peter Murray's book by this title.

The Incredible Prairie Picture Show
A lesson plan for grades K-2 from National Geographic's Xpeditions. See also
Microclimate in the Schoolyard.

Our Grasslands
A lesson plan for 2nd grade in pdf format.

Grasslands
A 10-lesson unit for the middle grades.

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Scholastic.

The American Prairie
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Discovery Education.

Smallville's Prairie Problem
A multidisciplinary, hands-on project for grades 9-10. See also the elementary (grades 4-5) and middle level (grades 6-8) versions of this activity.

Life Along a Prairie River
An Educator's Guide with lesson plans and activities from the Oklahoma Biological Survey.

Wetlands
The Fragile Fringe
A guide for teaching about coastal Wetlands from the USGS.  

Wetland Lessons
Lesson plans and links from the University of Texas.

Wetlands Lesson Plans from Louisiana State University
Several lesson plans for grades 4 and 5.

Americas Wetland Foundation - Education Archive

Many resources and lesson plans.

Lesson Plans: Wetlands Ecology
Several lesson plans from Wetlands Live.

Wetlands Ecosystems
Teacher's Guides for elementary, middle, and high school from Ducks Unlimited.

Wetland Lessons and Activities
A bunch of middle school lesson plans from Wetland Stewards. See other lesson plans and links in their
Wetland and Watershed Resources E-Library.

Wetlands in Our State
A 5th-grade KWL lesson plan.


Postcards from the Wetlands
A technology and Internet-based  elementary lesson plan.

Create a Wetlands Scene
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

Wonderful Wetlands
A 4th-grade lesson plan. See also Wetlands are Wonderlands.

Watersheds and Wetlands
A lesson plan from My Science Box.

Wetland in a Pan
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Penn. State University. See Identifying Wetlands for a high school lesson plan from Penn. State.

Mississippi River Wetlands
A lesson plan fro grades 6-12 for Education World.

Wetlands
Another lesson plan for grade 7-12.

Florida Wetlands Unit
An 8th-grade unit integrating science and social studies.

Pollution
Causes of Pollution
A lesson plan for grades K-3.

Air Pollution: What Can You Do?
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Air Pollution
An elementary-grade lesson plan. See also Air Pollution for a K-5 lesson plan.

Environmental Lesson Plan: Air Pollution
A brief lesson plan for grades K=5.

Reading and Writing About Pollution to Understand Cause and Effect
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Air Pollution 101
A high school lesson plan.
See also Air Pollution and Asthma and Why Study Air Pollution for other secondary lesson plans.

Types of Pollution
A lesson plan requiring three, 45-minute class preiods.

Marine Pollution
Links to lesson plans on acid rain, marine, pollution/debris oil spills, and water quality.

Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone
A high school lesson plan from Penn State.

Water Pollution Lesson Plans
Four lesson plans from Utah State University.

Water Pollution
A Kdg. lesson plan. See also
Water Pollution Lesson Plan, Water Pollution Graphing, and EnviroScape Water Pollution Lesson Plan. For other lesson plans on water and water quality, click here.

What's in My Water, and How Did It Get There?
A high school lesson plan. See also
Water Quality Survey for another high school lesson plan.

Pollution Solutions
An 8th-grade lesson plan. See also Pollution Solutions for another lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Waste/Recycling
Rotten Truth About Garbage
Ever wonder what happens to your trash? Click here and find out. A great site for teaching about solid waste and recycling.

Waste: Where Does It Come From and Where Does It Go?
A lesson plan in which students identify the various waste materials generated in the school and what happens to them.

Trash a Pizza!
A  lesson plan for grades K-6 in which students create a pizza pie graph of landfill components.

Waste Management    
A four-lesson unit.

Let's Talk Trash
A lesson plan for grades K-4 centered on the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.

Solid Waste Lesson Plan: The Incredible, Edible Landfill!
For kindergarten and up. See the related lesson plans from this same source.

The Landfill
A secondary lesson plan in which students examine values and ethical issues as they discuss the risks a landfill may pose to a community
.

Five Lessons Teach Students to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  
From Education World.

What Will Decompose?
A lesson plan for grades 2-3 requiring students to think critically.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Learning to Give.

Recycling Lesson Plans
Eight lesson plans from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Recycling

A middle-grade or junior high school lesson plan in which students examine ethical and environmental issues related to recycling
.

Recycling
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.


Why Should We Recycle Plastics?
An intermediate grade lesson plan.

Recycled Products Game Show
A lesson plan for grades 4-9 in which students learn what products are made from recycled materials.

Ecology of the Dump
Three lesson plans. See also Let's Make a Landfill.

Microbe Zoo
Discover the many worlds of microbes.


Water/Oceans - Click on a Topic: Water Science/Table/Cycle, Water Quality/Pollution, Lakes/Watershed, Rivers, Oceans
Water Science/Water Table/Water Cycle
Water Science School
Activities, pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center from the USGS.


Water Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans
Links to several interesting lesson plans and resources from Geology.com.

Land vs. Water
A primary-grade lesson plan in which
students learn that the Earth is mainly covered with water.

Global Water
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which students monitor their household water use. See other lessons from this same source.

Where Does Water Come From: The Water Cycle
A K-2 lesson from a unit titled, Water Makes the World Go 'Round.

The Water Cycle
A lesson plan for grades 4-6. See also
Water: A Never-Ending Story for a curriculum module intended for grades 4 and 5.

The Water Cycle
An 8th-grade lesson plan from the Penn. State School of Forest Resources. See also How Much Do I Know About Water?

Water Cycle Lesson Plans
Five elementary lesson plans. See also The Water Cycle for a lesson plan for grades 4-7.

Water Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for all grade levels from
the Penn. State School of Forest Resources.

Around the Water Cycle
A reader's theater activity for the elementary grades.

Rainfall and the Water Table
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Water Quality
Water Quality Educational Resources
Links to lesson plans, fact sheets, and other resources. See also Water Quality Theme Page.

Water Is Life - Quality Matters
Six lesson plans from Urah Stae University.

World Water Monitoring Challange
Lesson plans, guides, and checklists.

Lesson Plan Using Water Quality Data-1

From Grand Valley State University, this lesson plan uses data to examine Lake Michigan's water. See also lesson plan 2.

H2O University
Lesson plans, experiments, and activities organized by grade level..

Supplying Our Water Needs
An interdisciplinary high school project requiring Internet access.

Contaminated Drinking Water
An elementary lesson plan.

Water Theme
Links to many lesson plans from edHelper.com. See also Oceans Theme.   

Marine Pollution
Links to lesson plans on acid rain, marine pollution/debris, oil spills, and water quality.

Virginia's Water Resources--A Tool for Teachers
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels

USGS Real-Time Water Data
Provides data for streamflow, water quality, groundwater, and precipitation for all 50 states.

What is in the Water?
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students compare bottled water to that found in a pond habitat.

Operation Water Pollution
Several lesson plans from the Safe Drinking Water Foundation.

Watershed/Lakes
The Watershed Game
An interactive watershed planning game for grades 4-8 from the U of M. You will have to type in your name, but there is no charge or membership requirement.

Watershed Lesson Plan
A lesson plan in pdf format on the Lake Superior Watershed.  If you are doing an integrated unit on Lake Superior, take a look at Fish of the Great Lakes, Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks, Lights of Lake Superior, and the Great Lakes Information Network.  

Living with the Great Lakes
Information and lesson plans from
Grand Valley State University in Michigan
,

Water on the Web
This program from UMD looks really interesting. It is an interactive curriculum designed for advanced high school and college students that uses real lake data to explore basic science concepts through directed study and inquiry. Click on Curricula to access the water science units.

Can We Keep the Lake Clean?
A primary-grade lesson plan from National Geographic's Xpeditions.

Freshwater Habitats
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.


Summer Home

A lesson plan in which students examine ethical and values issues as they examine the environmental impact of building a summer home on a small lake.

Watershed Island
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Living in a Watershed for a 4th-grade lesson plan.

Great Lakes Homepage for Kids
Lesson plans for grades 4-8. For more information on the Great Lakes, go to The Great Lakes Information Network.  

Paddle to the Sea
An activity from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium using the book Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling. Among other things, this activity examines the effect of the Great Lakes on local weather patterns and compares water surface areas of the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Maine.

Rivers
Earth's water: Rivers and streams
Information from the USGS.

Rivers - Lesson Plan for Use Offline
A lesson plan on the importance of the water cycle in the formation of rivers. Click here for a related lesson plan on the sections of a river.

Rivers: Lifelines of the Land
A middle school lesson plan from National Geographic. See also Navigating the Niger for another middle school lesson plan from National Geographic.

A River of Lessons!
Many lesson plans from Education World. See also International Water Institute for educational resources related to
the Red River Watershed.

USGS Real-Time Water Data
Streamflow, water quality, groundwater, and precipitation for all 50 states.

A River Runs through It
A  project designed for intermediate grade students. Access to a river or stream is necessary. Students will also need access to the Internet and data collection software.

Earth Trails Mississippi River Lesson Plans
More than 30 middle school activities.

Mississippi River
A lesson plan for grades 2 to 4 on the importance of the Mississippi River. For background information about the Mississippi River, the Mississippi Headwaters Board.  

Wildlife Along the Mississippi River
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Education World. See also Mississippi River Scavenger Hunt.

Mississippi River

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery Education.

Hudson River Lesson Plans
Elementary-grade lesson plans for a variety of subjects.

Friends of the Chicago River
Many lesson plans from ChicagoRiver.org including Rivers through Time (grades 3-4).

Paddle Down the River
A lesson plan using the book
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling.

Major Rivers: A Texas Water Education Program
Lesson plans for grades 4 and 5.

H204U
A unit plan for grades 6-8 including a lesson titled, Mission: Access Water Colorado River.

Blue Beads of the Missouri River
A lesson plan for grades 5-8.

Rivers of Destiny
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 examining the Mississippi, Amazon, and Mekong Rivers.

The Nature of Great Rivers
The first of three lesson plans for grades 6-8 from Science NetLinks. The other two lesson plans can be accessed from the above page.

A River Can't Defend Itself in Court: the Role of the Riverkeeper
A high school lesson plan from the Penn State School of Forest Resources.

Life in a Forest Stream
A middle school lesson plan from the above source. See also Stream and
Speed of a Forest Stream.


Oceans/Marine
UCLA - SSWIMS Lesson Plans
Ten lesson plans on a variety of marine subjects.

The Bridge Ocean Sciences Lesson Collections
Links to collections of lessons dealing with oceans. See also Oceans Theme Page.  

SEA Semester K-12 Lesson Plans
Lesson plans on marine biology, oceanography, nautical science, and marine ecology.

Ocean Explorer Deep East Lesson Plans
Downloadable lesson plans for grades 5-12.

Under the Deep Blue Sea
A high-quality K-2 lesson plan exploring oceans and ocean life  See also Ocean Planet: Fact Sheets.  

Hot, Cold, Fresh and Salty
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 investigating
the effects of the layering of warm and cold water and water that is more or less saline than the normal.


Sea Water and Agriculture
A lesson plan designed to help students to understand that even a small rise in sea level can lead to salinization of valuable agricultural land.

NASA Oceanography
Studying oceans from space. Scroll down the page learning resources.  

Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine
Three high-quality lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.  

Operation Reef Rescue
A coral reef WebQuest. See also Coral Reef WebQuest.

Seaworld Classroom Acrivities
Several lesson plans for a variety of grade levels..

Oceans Trailhead
A virtual oceans field trip! 

Treasures @ Sea
Exploring the ocean through literature!

Invasive Species - Animals and Plants
Invasive Species Educational Resources
Activities and lesson plans from the Wisconsin DNR.

Battlefield Earth
Learning activities about the dangers of invasive species from the National Teacher Training Institute.

Invasive Species Lesson Plan
Students learn the basics about invasive species. See also
Invasive Species for a similar 8th-grade lesson plan.

Invasives: Plants on the Move
An invasive weed curriculum for grades K-12.

Nature's Invaders: Exploring the Effects of Invasive Species on Local Ecosystems
A lesson plan for middle and high school students from the NY Times.

Invasive Plants
High school lesson plans based on Kentucky Core Content.

Seeing Purple -  A Population Explosion
An activity for grades 3-8 through which students learn about the impact of purple loosestrife.


Invasive Species Lesson Plan - Yellow Star Thistle
For grades 3-8.
 
Invasive Species Integrated Curriculum Unit    
A middles school unit about Phragmites, an invasive wetland plant.

Invasive Species Game
A high school lesson plan from the University of Toledo.

Real-Life Aliens: Introduced Species
A lesson plan for high school and above.

Invasive Investigators
A high school lesson plan from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.

Invasive Exotics
Resources and lesson plans about invasive species in Florida. See also Weed Watchers for another lesson plan on invasives in Florida.

Invasive Species

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Nation al geographic.

Invasive species
A lesson plan for grades 7-8 about invasive species in Hawaii.

Mussel Bound: The Zebra Mussel Invasion |
An Internet-based lesson plan. See also
An Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Great Lakes Most Unwanted
A lesson plan for grades 4-8. See also Exotic Species: Zebra Muscles and Round Gobies.


States Declare War on Asian Carp
An activity for grades 2 and up from Education World. See also Invasion of the Asian CarpAttack of the Alien Invaders and Asian Carp Game.


Marine Animals/Fish
Right Whales and People
A primary-grade lesson plan from National Geographic.

In the Company of Whales
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Whales for another lesson plan for grades 6-8. For more information on whales, go to The Whale Centre.  

Whale Facts WebQuest
For grades 4-6.

Whales
A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans for grades 4-8 from Sea World. See their similar teacher's guide for grades K-3.     

Tale of a Whale
A lesson plan adaptable to many grade levels from Smithsonian Education.

The Rise and Fall of the Whaling Industry
A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans from PBS.

Whale Lesson Plan
Students construct a paper whale.

Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses
A Teacher's Guide for grades 4-8. See also the K-3 Teacher's Guide.

Shark!
A teacher's guide for grades 4-8. See also the K-3 Teacher's Guide.

Exploring Our Oceans
A unit from the Yale New Haven Teachers Institute.

Operation Rescue
A coral reef WebQuest. See also Coral Reef WebQuest.

Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.  

Coral Cam Lesson Plans
Fifteen lesson plans on topics related to coral reefs. Most are adaptable to a variety of grade levels.

Sea Shells
A K-2 lesson plan. See also Shells.

Biomes: Freshwater and Seawater
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Acquatic Habitats for another middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Fun with Fish
An outdoor education lesson plan in which students learn about fish and fishing.

The Minnesota Fish Quiz
Not a lesson plan, but this interactive, online quiz is a fun way to learn about Minnesota fish species and may be just what you need to motivate the boys in your classroom this spring!

How Many Fish Are in that Pond?
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about sampling and statistical methods used in estimating wildlife populations. See also How Many Fish are in the Pond? for another version of this lesson plan.

Pacific Salmon
A primary-grade lesson plan from National Geographic's Expeditions.

Fish and Ladders
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 about the spawning migration of Chinook Salmon. See the high school version of this lesson.

Creative Writing: I am a Fish
A lesson plan integrating science and creative writing.

Design a Fish
An activity from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium which requires students to design a fish adapted for a coral reef and another for cold marine environments.

Something Fishy
A lesson plan for grades 4 through 12 examines ocean environments and organism's methods of adapting to survive. For an incredible amount of information on fish, go to Fishbase.

Perch Dissection
A lesson plan in which students dissect a perch, determine its sex, and collect statistical data on perch length.

Science - Fish Knowledge
Lesson plans from the Wisconsin DNR.

Getting to Know Some of Pennsylvania's Fishes
A lesson plan for grades 4-5.

Fish in the Web of Life
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 designed to help students understand the diversity, codependence and intricate balance of aquatic ecosystems.

Fish in the Classroom
Information and lesson plans for classroom aquariums.

Fish Information Service (FINS)
An elaborate site providing information for aquarists.

Animals: Mammals (Lesson plans for fish/marine animals are listed above. Scroll past mammals for lesson plans on farm animals,   reptiles/amphibians, birds, dinosaurs, or insects/spiders. For information and resources on zoos and/or specific animals, go to the Zoos and Museums Page, or try Vertebrate Animals Hotlist, or Zoology.  

Jungle Walk Lesson Plans
Eight
lesson plans address various animal related topics for a variety grade levels including a K-2 lesson titled Animal Classification.

Animal Lesson Plans
Twelve lessons from Discovery Education  including a K-5 lesson titled Animal Classification.

Rain Forest Animals
A teacher's guide from Newton's Apple.  

Animals: Mammals
Several lesson plans from PBS.

Oh Deer!
A high school lesson plan on the interdependence between animals and their habitat. See also Oh Deer! for a population study game.

Wildlife Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from Penn State.

Wildlife Management Activity Guide Index
Lesson plans from the National park Service.

Bats: Thematic Resource
Projects and resources for a variety of subject areas.

Five Bears Lesson: What Do Bears Eat and How Do They Walk?
A kindergarten lesson plan. See also Bears/Hibernation for a Pre-K activity.

Polar Bears
A literature-based 1st-grade lesson plan.  See also Why Polar Bears Are White.

What Bear Goes Where?
A lesson plan in which students construct posters of three different bear habitats. See Bears for many similar activities.

Bears

A high school lesson plan from The Discovery Channel School.

The North American Bison Lesson Plan
For grades 3-5.

Tracking the Buffalo
Background information and classroom materials.

Big Cats
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Dogs
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about characteristics of dogs and dog breeds. See also Breeds of Dogs and Dogs at Work.

The Human Role in Dog Evolution
A high school lesson plan from National Geographic's Xpeditions.
See also From Wolf to Woof.    

Endangered Species Theme Page
Links to lesson plans and resources.

The Loneliest Animals
A Teacher's Guide from PBS.

Endangered Species 1: Why Are Species Endangered?
A lesson plan from Science Net Links. See also
Endangered Species 2: Working to Save Endangered Species.

ABC of Endangered Species
A lesson plan for grades K-6 from Education World. See also Illustrating Endangered Species.

Endangered Species of PA
A high school lesson plan from Penn State University.

People and Endangered Species
A lesson plan for grades 3-5. See also Postcards from the Edge: Endangered Species.

Schoolyard Habitats
Activity guides from the National Wildlife Federation. Check out their Home Page.

Farm Animals
Farm Animal Sounds: Pen Pals
A kindergarten lesson plan emphasizing animal sounds, listening, and movement.

On the Farm or in the Zoo?
An elementary lesson plan in which students
categorize animals into two groups, farm animals and zoo animals.

Animal Babies on the Farm
A kindergarten or primary-grade lesson plan in which children learn the names of farm animals and match them to their offspring's names.

Names of Farm Animals and Sounds They Make
A K-2 lesson plan.  

Farm Animal Immigrants
A 5th-grade lesson plan in which
students will identify a rare or endangered farm animal, locate its country of origin on a world map, and determine why it was an imported.

Pigs    
A mini-unit for grades 1-2.

Sheep to Sweaters
An idea for an activity from Crayola.

Life Cycle of a Chicken
A 2nd-grade lesson plan.

Cows and Chickens Problem
A primary-grade lesson involving problem solving.

The Perfect Cow?
A high school lesson plan

National Dairy Month Lesson Plan
For grades K-2. See also The Story of Milk: From the Cow to the Cup for another K-2 lesson plan.

Wow that Cow: Cattle Byproducts
A lesson plan for grades K-4. See also Ultimate Harvesting Machine for a K-3 lesson.

Reptiles and Amphibians
Reviled and Revered
Reptiles and amphibians from the Smithsonian Institution. Scroll down the page for 5 lesson plans and resources.  Take a look at the Reptile Data Base for information about snakes and other reptiles.

Reptiles Alive
Lesson plans, crafts, and more.

Reptile Adaptation
A K-5 lesson plan from Discovery Education.

All About Reptiles
An elementary lesson plan.

Righteous Reptiles
A lesson plan from PBS.

Herp Care Collection
Advice for keeping a reptile in your home or classroom.

Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Eugene Wetlands

Lesson plans about herps found in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Snakes
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Characteristics of Snakes and Turtles
A lesson plan for grades 1-4.

Painted Turtle
Activities and ideas from The Science Behind Algonquin's Animals.

Are All Turtles Alike?
A lesson plan fro grades 4-6.

Quick Color Wonder Turtle
An activity from Crayola.

Can Research Save the Leatherback Turtle?
A middle school lesson plan from National Geographic. See also Lesson Plans for Sea Turtles and Underwater Sea Turtles Resist.

Totally Toads
In formation and a Pre-K lesson plan.

Frogs Jump, Toads Hop, Salamanders Crawl!
A lesson plan adaptable to many grade levels.

A Thousand Friends of Frogs
A good source of basic frog information. Click here for their teachers page.

Frogs and Toads Are Different (But Still Friends)
An 2nd-grade lesson plan using the book, Frog and Toad Are Friends.
See also Comparing and Contrasting with Frog and Toad.


Frog Alert! Frog Alert!
A K-2 lesson plan from National Geographic.


Frogs: Fact and Folklore
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Frogs and Toads WebQuest
For second-grade language arts. See also Frogs - Science WebQuest.
   
Life Cycle of a Frog
An elementary lesson plan. See also
Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog.

The Mysterious Tadpole
Activities for using the book by this title with your 4th-graders.

How Far Can a Frog Jump?
A 4th-grade lesson plan introducing the metric system by simulating a jumping frog contest like that described in Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." It may provide an interesting way to integrate science, math, and literature.

The Frog Squad: Atrazine and Frog Populations
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which students
learn about frogs' developmental changes as they relate to chemical contamination of water.

Frog Study
A high school lesson plan.

My Science Box: Frog Dissection
See also Dissecting a Virtual Frog and  Frog Dissection.

Birds
Raptor Center
Great site from the Minnesota Raptor Center. See their Curriculum for lesson plans and other resources.

Birds by Inquiry
A kindergarten lesson plan from Learn NC.

Virtual Birding
Twelve excellent bird-related lesson plans for grades 3-6. See their Bird Facts and Glossary

Birds through the Seasons
A 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Birds WebQuest
See also The Origins of Birds and Have You Heard that Bird? for other WebQuests.

The Physics of Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
A high school lesson plan from PBS. See also Hummingbird Projects and Activities.

Watch the Birdie
A 6-week unit for grades 5-6 in which students develop language arts skills while studying North American birds.

Bird Migration
A lesson plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. .See also Bird Migration Lesson Plan and
On the Fly: Studying Bird Migration and Behavior.

Lesson Plans About Migration
Several lesson plans from Migration Science and Mystery.

Songbirds at the Crossroads of Migration
A curriculum guide from New Jersey Audubon.


Birds
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Birding Basics
A lesson plan for grade 4 from the Wisconsin DNR. See also Birding Basics for grades 5-8 andAvian Adaptations for other lesson plans from this source.

Make Way for the Ducklings Art Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 1-3 for this classic book by Robert McCloskey. See also Make Way for the Ducklings: A Bird's Eyeview of Geography.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
A lesson plan on the concept of credit using this book by Richard and Florence Atwater. See also Demonstrating Comprehension through Journal Writing for another lesson plan using this book.

Tacky the Penguin
This primary-grade lesson plan titled "What Makes Us Different?" uses Helen Lester's Tacky the Penguin to explore individual differences.

Penguins Around the World
A K-5 lesson plan.
See also Penguins: Everything You Need, A to Z Themes - Winter, and Icebergs and Penguins.

Winter Animals
A primary-grade lesson plan about penguins from Scholastic.

Dinosaurs (Scroll down past the lessons for links to sites with dinosaur information, pictures, and a dinosaur dictionary)

Mini-Unit Topic: Dinosaurs
An integrative unit for grades K-1.  See also Dinotopia, the official Jim Gurney Dinotopia site. Use the pull-down menu on the right to access the Teacher's Resource Page.

Dreams and Dinosaurs
Lesson ideas from Crayola.

Dinosaurs
A 2nd-grade unit.

Dinosaur Lesson Plan
For elementary grades.

Discovering Dinosaurs
A K-5 lesson plan from the Discovery Education. See also Dinosaurs in Argentina for grades 6-8 lesson.

Dinosaur WebQuest
For grade two. See also Digging Up Dinosaurs.    

Paleontologists and Paleontology Lesson Plan
Another 2nd-grade lesson plan from Scholastic.

How Do Scientists Find Dinosaur Fossils
A lesson plan fro grades 3-5 from Xpeditions.

Dinosaurs: Meat-Asaurus or Vegie-Asaurus?
An activity for grades 3-5 using The Magic School Bus: The Busasaurus.

National Fossil Day
Educational resources from the National Park Service including activities for all grade levels.

Dinosaur Detective
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Zoom Dinosaurs
An on-line book with fact sheets, printouts, lists of dinosaurs, a dino dictionary, and more.

Dinosaur Illustrations
Excellent site for locating illustrations of many species of dinosaurs.

Insects (general/lesson collections/lifecycle/characteristics, bees, butterflies, insect information and pictures)

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources
A
directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet.

Insectlopedia Lesson Plans
A huge collection of insect lesson plans.

What's Bugging You?
Ideas for lesson plans and activities from Education World.

Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms
An entire K-3 curriculum with 20 lesson plans from The University of Arizona Center for Insect Science.  

Insect Models
An Internet-based K-2 lesson plan.

Crickets in the Classroom Page
A unit involving the use of crickets to teach skills of observation and measurement. The page also provides information on crickets and sources for obtaining them. See also Insects: Observing a Cricket for a K-3 lesson plan.

Insect Study
An introductory lesson plan suitable for grades K-4. See also Insect Study for Grades 5-8.

Insect Mania
An elaborate 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge. See also Investigating Insects for another 2nd-grade unit.

Ant Wars!
A middle-grade social insects laboratory exercise.

Life in a Pine Cone
Another middle-grade activity.

The Insect World
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Spiders and Insects.   

Mystery Bugs!

Identify a mystery bug and send your answer by email to the University of Kentucky Teacher/Parent Resource Materials.

Insect Anatomy
A discovery-based lesson plan for grades 6-9.

Insects of the World
A WebQuest complete with an evaluation rubric. See also
Creepy Crawly Insect Collection and An Insect's Perspective.

Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.

Africanized Honey Bees
Sets of lesson plans about bees for all grade levels.

Honey Bees and Pollination
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Solitary and Social Bees
Another lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Bees
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Pollination Parties.

Bee Unit Study
Information and activities for a primary-grade unit.


Butterfly Website: Butterflies in Education

Scroll down the page to see how schools are incorporating butterflies into the curriculum. Click on photo gallery to see some awesome pictures.

Butterfly Unit: The Life Cycles of Butterflies
A unit for grades 1-2.

Monarch Butterflies
Eight days of primary-grade activities. See also Monarch Quest.

Butterfly Cycle
A 2nd-grade art lesson plan that uses Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Life Cycle of Butterflies
A literacy-based lesson plan in which students use the Internet, read a story, and write an informative essay while learning about similarities and differences between butterflies and moths.

Let's Fly Away
A WebQuest in which students research a butterfly species. See also Butterfly WebQuest.

A Butterfly's Home
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on creating a butterfly garden.

Symmetry in Butterflies
Kindergarten and PreK activities from the MN Science Museum.

Insectlopedia
Terrific source for insect information.

Orkin Learning Center
Pest library, games and coloring, as well as lesson plans.

Insects.org
An extensive website with great pictures, educational resources, and information on the important role insects play in human culture.

Iowa State University Entomology Image Gallery
More great insect pictures!

Spiders
Spiders and Insects

An elementary lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Be Nice to Spiders
A primary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic.

Spiders

An elementary unit with seven lesson plans.   

Now We Know Spiders
One lesson plan from the above unit using the book Anansi the Spider by G. McDermott.

Under the Spell of Spiders
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.

Spider Webs
A 2nd-grade lesson plan. See also Spider Body Parts.

Under the Spell of . . . Spiders
A lesson plan for     grades 3-8 from Smithsonian Education.

Spiders, Spiders Everywhere
A WebQuest. See Spider WebQuest.

Arthropods at "Home"
A 2nd-grade lesson plan.


Physiology/Anatomy/Senses
The Five Senses

A lesson plan using My Five Senses by Aliki.

The Five Sense
A first-grade lesson plan from Teachers.net.

Five Senses
A WebQuest for grades K-2. See also
The Five Senses for another WebQuest.

Come to Your Senses.  
An introduction to the five senses.

Virtual Cow Eye’s Dissection
Almost as good as the real thing! It could be used as a high school level pre-lab or an alternative to an actual dissection.

Hearing
Twelve lesson plans for grades K-8. Also, see the Virtual Tour of the Ear.  

The Science of Sound
A second-grade unit. Click on Teacher's Notes for the lesson plans.

Good Senses
A middle school lesson plan from The Discovery Education. See also Sight and Sound.

The Phenomenon Of Sound: Waves
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Discovery Education.

Sound: Ideas for Interdisciplinary Lessons
Ideas for integrating science and music from the Virtual Museum of Musical Instruments. See also Make Your Own Musical Instrument.

Inner Body
Human anatomy online.

Cells Alive!
See images of cells

Visible Human Body
A guided tour!

Body Systems
An elementary-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Building a Baby
Lesson plans from the The Discovery Education.

Body Systems Unit
An 8th-grade unit. 

The Human Body Systems
An upper-elementary unit

Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography
A middle-grade unit that teaches about body systems through movement activities.

Human Anatomy and Physiology WebQuest
See also Body Systems WebQuest.

The Human Skeleton
A constructivist lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Give Me a Break
An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students develop a survey and collect data on broken bones.

The Musculoskeletal System
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Muscles in Motion.

The Human Heart
Heart and circulatory system, complete with sound effects.

How Does Your Heart Rate?
A lesson plan for grades 2-4 in which students measure and record their heart rates.

Here's to Your Healthy Heart!
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

The Heart
A high school lesson plan.

An Insight Into the Hormones of Life
A middle-grade unit on hormones.

Watch The Brain Learn
A lesson plan for grades K-3.

How the Brain Works
A lesson plan from CNN.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology through the Study of Addiction.
A Teacher's Guide with five lesson plans for grades 9-12 from the
National Institutes of Health Curriculum Series.

Brain Power
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about the human brain and memory functions. See also Brain Watching for a high school lesson plan.

Neuroscience for Kids
Incredible on-line information about the human nervous system. Go to Brain Awareness Week Lessons for several lesson plans on the brain and nervous system, including one titled, Anatomy of the Brain.

On ‘Punched Out’: Looking at Brain Trauma and Other Risks of Violent Sports
A lesson plan from the NY Times Learning Network.

Earth Science/Geology
Earth Science Lesson Plans    
Many lesson plans from Discovery Education.

Resources for K-12 Earth Science Educators
Many lesson plans from the Geological Society of America.

Teaching Earth Science
Links to classroom activities and lesson plans from Geology.com. See also Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans.

Earth and Space Science
Many lesson plans from the MCREL Lesson Plan Library.

K-12 Lessons and Activities
Thematic packets, lessons and demonstration activities from the Minerals Education Coalition.

Earth Science Lesson Plans
From Fossils-Facts-and-Finds.

Geology Activities and Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum. See also Middle School (5-8) Geology.

Glacier National Park Virtual Field Trip
Excellent online experience. See also Grand Canyon national Park geology Lesson Plans.

Lesson Plans on Rocks and Minerals
Several lesson plans from Rocks and Minerals 4U. See also Rocks and Minerals from the Franklin Institute for a mineral gallery and information about rocks and minerals.

Rocks and Minerals
A 4th-grade unit. See also Geology: Just Touching the Surface and The Structure of the Earth for other 4th-grade units.

Rocks
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery School. See also Rocks for a 4th-grade lesson plan on
types of rocks.

Minerals, Crystals, and Gems
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.

Visualizing Earth From the Classroom
Many geology and earth science lesson plans (plate tectonics, earth quakes, etc.).

Sandwich Squash: How the Himalayas Were Formed
A lesson plan in which students create and record a model of mountain formation as well  as identify major mountain building formations around the world. See Tectonic Plate Motion, an excellent resource.

Plate Tectonics
A 6th-grade unit. See also Shake, Rattle, and Roll.

Exploring Caves
An interdisciplinary set of materials from the USGS on caves for grades K-3. 

Cavern Geology
Several lesson ideas from Cave and Mine Adventures.

Virtual Geology Field Trips

The World's Biomes
This is a really good site with information about and pictures of the world's five basic biomes: aquatic, deserts, forests, grass lands, and tundra.

Biome Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Biomes of the World.

Elements of Biology: Biomes
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education. See also Unique Plants of the Biomes.

Biome Discovery Expedition
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 from Education World. See also At Home in a Biome and Biomes/Ecosystems.   

Glacier Climbing
A lesson plan from Newton's Apple.

Deserts
A 6th-grade unit with nine lesson plans.

Volcano World
Volcanos on-line! See their links to Volcano Lesson Plans.

Volcanoes!
Teacher's Guide and 6 lesson plans for grades 4-8. See also
Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers and Living with a Volcano in your Backyard -- An Educator's Guide with Emphasis on Mount Rainier.

Volcanoes Lesson Plans

Thirteen lesson plans from GNS Science (New Zealand).


Understanding Volcanoes
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Volcano WebQuest
See also Volcanoes!

Fossils
Learning From the Fossil Record
A large collection of lesson plans.

Fossil Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Fossils-Facts-and-Finds.

National Fossil Day
Man y educational activities for a variety of subjects from the National Parks Service.

Fossils
A five-part lesson plan plus Power Point slides from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Fantastic Faux Fossils
A hands-on lesson idea from Blick Art Supplies.

Fossils Rock! Tales from the Field
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

A History of the Earth: Digging Up the Past
A grade 4 unit.

Fossils and Migration Patterns in Early Hominids
A lesson plan for grades 7-12.

Studying Fossils
A lesson plan for grades 7-12.

Who's on First? A Relative Dating Activity
A secondary unit involving a sequencing activity using fossil pictures printed on "rock layer" cards.

Fossils
An 3rd-grade WebQuest. See also Fossil Hunter WebQuest.    

Weather
The Weather Channel
Forecasts, radar, information on climate, etc. See also The Weather Channel Storm Encyclopedia and Weather Education.

Weather Lesson Plans
Seven lesson plans from Discovery Education including a K-5 lesson titled Weather Maps.

Weather Watch
A Teacher's Guide with four lesson plan s for different grade levels from Scholastic.

Weather Scope
Several lesson plans. See also
Using Real-Time Data on the Internet.

Weather and Atmosphere
Two secondary lesson plans as well as links to many more from The Geological Society of America.


Wisconsin Weather Stories
Site includes several lesson plans as well as weather stories and resources.

Interdisciplinary Connections for Air and Weather
Weather lesson ideas and information for virtually any subject. See also Instructional Materials in Weather and Climate.

Keep Your Eye on the Sky - Clouds and Weather
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 from NOAA. See their entire lesson plan library.

Charting the Weather
An elementary lesson plan in which students
gather data from temperature and water gauges set up on the playground to learn about weather patterns. See also Charting the Weather for a lesson plan requiring students to use the Internet to research weather conditions in the United States and abroad.

Forecast the Weather
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 from Scholastic. See also
Investigation 8 - Weather Forecasts and How to Use Weather Maps to Make a Forecast.

Weather
A 3rd-grade unit with 10 lessons.

What Causes the Wind?
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from a unit titled, "What will the Weather Be Tomorrow, Next Week, and Next Season."


Why the Sky is Blue
A demonstration for students of all ages designed to show how the atmosphere affects sunlight to create the sky colors we see.

Weather/Clouds
An elementary lesson plan. See also Clouds and What Are Clouds Made OF?

Stormy Weather
 A lesson plan for grades 6-8 exploring the causes of lightning. See also Lightning! Classroom Activity and  Lightning Safety.

Rainbow
A kindergarten lesson plan in which students learn the colors of the rainbow.

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons
Lesson ideas on winter, snow, and winter weather from Education World.

Blizzards and Snow Theme Page
Links to many lesson plans and resources.

Let It Snow!
An ESL lesson for grades K-3

Four Seasons
A lesson plan for grades K-3. See also Earth's Seasons and The Reason for the Seasons.

Spring Is Here
A K-4 lesson plan from Scholastic using Mary Packard's book.

Global Warming
A unit for grades 7-12 in which students study global climate changes, discuss and debate the current arguments for and against global warming and the Greenhouse Effect, investigate the possibility of global warming and the Greenhouse Effect, and present their findings in the form of research reports.

Acid Rain Lesson Plan and Information
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the National Park Service. See also Acids Eating My Nose and other great lessons.

Sun and Solar Science
A collection of multi-disciplinary activities.
 
El Nino Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from My NASA Data. See also El Nino and Make Your Own El Niņo!

The Ocean and Weather: El Niqo and La Niqa
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from National Geographic.

The Tornado Project Online
Great site for accessing information about tornados.

Tornado!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 From The Discovery Channel School. See also Tracking Tornadoes and Tornadoes.

Online Guide to Meteorology
A a collection of web-based instructional modules appropriate for high school students.

Disasters (Click here for links to resource sites with information on disasters and catastrophes)    
Natural Disasters: Nature's Fury

An elaborate unit for grades 6-12 from the Library of Congress.   

Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Hurricane!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Understanding Hurricanes and Hurricanes Theme Page.

Surfing for Earthquakes and Volcanoes
A brief unit for grades 6-8.

Landslides!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Avalanche!
A lesson plan for grade 6-8.

The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World
A Internet-based middle-grade lesson plan from National Geographic.

A Study of Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
An Internet-based junior high school lesson plan. For other  lesson plans, see Earthquakes: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future and The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land.

A Model of Three Faults
An activity for grades 7-12 from the USGS.

Earthquakes: Causes and Effects
A 6th-grade lesson plan from Learn NC.

Tsunami
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Monster Waves
A lesson plan in which
students build a tabletop village and use it to visualize the relative height and affects of tsunamis. See also Ocean Tsunami vs. Fjord Tsunami?

Natural Catastrophic Phenomena
A teacher's guide.

Physical Science ( Including Collections of Physical Science Lessons, Atoms/Molecules, States of Matter, Gravity, Force and Motion, Light, Magnets, Electricity, and Heat)

Collections of Physical Science Lessons
Physical Science Activities
An extensive alphabetical list of middle-grade physical science activities from the Physics Education at the University of Virginia.

Physical Science Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans on a variety of physical science topics from Discovery Education.

Physical Science Lessons
Another large collection of lesson plans from Michigan Reach Out!

Physical Science
Two lesson plans from Education World

ProTeacher Physical Science
Elementary-grade lesson plans.

Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering)
High interest activities for middle grade physical sciences.

Atoms and Molecules
Atoms and Molecules
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Molecules in Motion
A middle school lesson plan.

Matter: Atoms and Molecules
A Teacher's Guide for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education.

Atomic and Molecular Structure
A high school chemistry lesson.

Edible Atom
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 in which students to choose an element from the periodic table and design the atom complete with protons, neutrons, and electrons. See also Structure of the Atom for an excellent elementary-level resource.

Making Models: The Atom
An activity-based lesson plan for grades 4-6. For an excellent introduction to atoms, see All About Atoms.  

Building Molecules from Atoms
A teacher's guide and lessons using constructivism designed for the elementary and middle grades. Go to the site map to view the whole curriculum.

The Reason for the Atom and the Design of the Periodic Table of Elements
A 9th-grades lesson plan. See also Periodic Table Bingo.

Atomic Theory
An Internet-based lesson plan. See also Atomic Models and Spectra.

Matter/States of Matter
States of Matter: Making Ice Cream
A 1st-grade lesson plan.

States of Matter
An elementary-grade lesson plan. See also States of Matter for an excellent resource.

Matter
A KWL elementary lesson  plan. See also States of Matter
and The Three States of Matter.

Is Air Something?
A 3rd-grade unit. Scroll down the page to find the 14 lessons.

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
A K-3 lesson plan.  See also Gases Lighter and Heavier than Air

Density: Sink or Float for Liquids
A middle-grade lesson plan. See also Density: Sink or Float Solids and Sink or Float?

Comparing Densities of Different Liquids   
A lesson plan for grades 4-8

Gravity
Gravitational Force
An Internet-based lesson plan.

Gravity Gets You Down
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Force Counterforce.

Gravity: It's GREEEAAATTT!
Another middle-grade lesson plan. This one is from the National Teacher Training Institute.

Understanding Newton's Law of Gravity
One more middle-grade lesson plan.

Understanding Gravity
A lesson plan for grades 3-5. It
includes printable reading comprehension worksheets.

I'm Falling For You!
A 3rd-grade lesson plan in which students experience gravity just like Galileo did during his experiments. See also Science- 3rd Grade for other lesson plans about gravity.

What Goes Up Must Come Down
A 5th/6th-grade lesson plan in which students
observe the principles of gravity and extend their understanding of the concept.

Gravity Launch

An elementary-grade lesson plan exploring how the earth’s and moon’s gravity affects the path of a rocket launched into space.

Newton's Theory of Universal Gravitation
A high school lesson plan.

Force and Motion
Rules of Forces and Motion
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Discovery Education.

Newton's Third Law Of Motion
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Forces in Motion
A KS2 lesson plan from the BBC.

Motion and Forces
Web-interactive lessons for grades 5-8.

Forces and Motion
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery Education.

Motion in a Circle
A high school lesson plan on Newtonian mechanics and space flight.

Projectile Motion
A high school lesson plan.

Forces
A 9th-grade lesson plan. See also Force and Motion Theme Page.

Light
Shadows and Light
Many lesson plans from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

Light
A lesson plan for grades K-4 introducing concepts related to light.

Light - Reflection - Illusion
An elementary lesson plan on the law of reflection. See also Reflections Of for another elementary-grade lesson plan.

I "Light" What I See
A 3rd-grade unit. See also Seeing Is (Sometimes) Believing.

Reflections with Mirrors
A high school lesson plan. See also Plane Mirror Images.

The Color of Light
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.    

Why Can't I Read in the Dark?
A unit on light for grades 3-5.

How Light Travels
A lesson plan for the elementary grades.

Making Light of Science
A middle-grade lesson plan from Science NetLinks. See also The Lighter Side of Color and All Those Seeing Color Say Eye for other middle school lessons.

Magnets
Magical Magnets Make Electricity
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Magnetism - Making a Magnet
A 2nd-grade lesson plan. See also What Magnets Attract for another 2nd-grade lesson plan.

Magnets: Fields of  Force
A 2nd-grade unit. See also Marveling in Magnets.

Amazing Magnets!
Another 2nd-grade unit. This one uses experiments which explore magnetic force and compass use.

May the Force Be With You
Still another 2nd-grade unit on magnets and magnetism.

Magnetic Pick-ups
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Science NetLinks. See also Magnets 2: How Strong Is Your Magnet?


Science - 5th Grade
Many lesson plans about magnetism using magnets from the Utah Education Network.

Magnets and Compasses 101
A lesson plan for 8th-grade physics.

Magnetism
A lesson plan for high school students from Discovery Education. See also Magnetism Hands-On Activities.

Magnetic Fields and Bermuda Triangles
An activity for grades 8-12.

Electricity
Using Electricity
An online lesson plan for the primary grades.

Brown Bag Science
A discovery-based elementary lesson plan on electrical circuits.

Introduction to Electricity
A 4th-grade lesson plan. See Electricity 101 for an excellent resource.

Static and Current Electricity
Several 5th-grade lesson plans. Click here for an excellent resource on static electricity.

Introducing Static Electricity
A lesson plan from Science NetLinks.

Electricity, Static, and Current
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 featuring a demonstration and group activities.

Teaching Some Basic Concepts of Electricity
A middle school unit complete with handouts

Electric and Magnetic Fields
A high school lesson plan.

Electricity  - Ohm's Law
A high school lesson plan.

Theory, Measurement, Control, and Applications of Electrical Energy
A high school unit including a lesson titled AC/DC What's the difference?

Introduction to Elementary Circuits
An elementary lesson plan on basic circuits.     

Understanding Electricity
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Risk Watch Electrical Safety Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for all grades 7-8.

Heat
Matter and Heat
A lesson plan for grades 1-3.

Where Does Heat Come From
A 3rd-grade lesson plan. See also The Heat Is On for another 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Centigrade and Fahrenheit: What's the Difference?
A multi-level, cooperative learning lesson plan for fifth-grade science/math.

Heat Moves
A 6th-grade lesson plan. See also Heat vs. Temperature.

Passing The Heat Along
A lesson plan on heat conduction for grades 5-6.

Thermometers
An 8th-grade lesson plan.

Energy
Alliance to Save Energy
Many activity-based energy lesson plans.

Two Basic Energy Principles
A lesson plan for grades 3-6 from the above source.

Draft-O-Meter
Another elementary lesson plan from the above site.

Introduction to Energy
A lesson plan for grades 3-5. See also What Is Potential Energy?


What Are the Forms of Energy?

A middle-grade lesson plan.

Energy Quest
Energy education site sponsored by the state of California.

Energy for You
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Science NetLinks.

We've Got the Power
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about different methods of power production.

Energy
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about the concept of energy, energy conservation, the units of energy, and the special nature of heat as the "soft currency" of the energy world. Click here for supplementary material for this lesson.

Renewable Energy Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office.

Solar Energy Lesson Plan
For grades 7-10.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Teacher's Lesson Plans
Instructional units and classroom activities on nuclear energy.

Energy And The City Person
An 8th-grade unit.

Energy: The U.S. In Crisis?
A high school lesson plan from Science NetLinks.

Alternative Fuels
A WebQuest. See also Energy WebQuest and Energy in the U.S. WebQuest.


Simple Machines
Simple Machines: Bodies at Work
A movement-based lesson plan for grades 1-3.

Simple Machines Made Simple
A 2nd-grade unit. See also Unit 3: Simple Machines.

Simple Machines
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

Engineering: Simple Machines
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Teach Engineering,

Simple Machines
A series of experiments for grades 3-5.

Systems 1: Simple Machines
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Science NetLinks. See also Systems 2: Up, Up, and Away!


The Six Simple Machines and Leonardo da Vinci
A lesson plan for grades 4-8.

The Official Rube Goldberg Website
Information, biography, gallery, and machine contest.

It's So Simple!
Lesson plan introducing simple machines.

Roto-Copter
Build one out of paper with your elementary class.

Gadget Anatomy
This site allows students to analyze a tool to see what simple machines are a part of it. Click on Sketching Gadget Anatomy for a related classroom activity.

Physics Lesson Plans and Resources
Physics.org
A searchable data base of physics resources!

Physics Homework Help
Find help with a variety of physics topics or ask a specific question.

Physics Lesson Plans
Several lesson plans from The Science Spot.

SMILE Program Physics Index
A long list of lessons divided into the following categories: Matter, Mechanics, Fluids, Electricity & Magnetism, Waves, Sound and Optics, and Miscellaneous.

Physics and Astronomy Lesson plans
A long list organized by topic from Rutgers University. See also Links to Physics and Astronomy Lesson Plans.

Practical Physics Lessons
Another long list of high school physics lesson plans.

I-STEM Resource Notebook
"
Student centered, experiential and investigatory learning based lesson plans for all STEM subject areas and grade levels."

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

The Engineering Place
Elementary and middle school lesson plans.

STEM Education Resource Center

From PBS.

Instructional Materials in Physics
A collection of "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within physics.

Web Physics
A network of resources for introductory physics teaching.

The Physics Classroom
High school physics lessons and resources.

Physics Lesson Plan Menu
Lesson plans developed at the Columbia University Summer Research Program for Science Teachers.

Physics Inquiry Lesson Plans
Three sample lessons as well as skill practice.

NetScience Physics
High school physics lesson plans organized by topic.

STEM for the Classroom
Several lesson plans from the U.S. Navy.

Physics Classroom Resources
From the National Science Foundation.

Physics: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
A high school lesson plan.

Elements of Physics: Energy and Work
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also
Elements Of Physics: Motion, Force & Gravity and Elements of Physics: Matter, for other lesson plans fro Discovery Education.

AP Physics
From Pearson Prentice Hall. See also Atomic Physics.

Frisbee Physics
Background information and activities for understanding the physics of frisbees.

Amusement Park Physics
Information and an online activity exploring the physics of amusement park rides! See also Roller Coaster Project Page and Roller Coaster Physics WebQuest.


Aviation/Aeronautics (Scroll  past the lesson plans for sites with aviation information, pictures, and history)
Mn DOT Aviation Education
Aviation education classroom presentations and curricula.

The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook
An excellent site with many resources and lesson plans.

How Things Fly: Activities for Teaching Flight
Three lesson plans from the Smithsonian Institute.

Principles of Flight
Five experiments from the
ALLSTAR Teacher Resource Guide. See the other levels at the top of the page.

The History of Flight and Some Mathematical Application
A high school unit primarily designed for math, but parts of it also seem appropriate for science.

Rockets
A teacher's guide from NASA.

Ellen Ochoa
A unit for grades 4-5 on this first Hispanic woman ever to be accepted into the NASA space shuttle program.

Roto-Copter
Build one out of paper with your elementary class.

Paper Airplanes and More
Everything you wanted to know about paper airplanes.

Build the Best Paper Airplane in the World
You be the judge, but that's what the site is called!

Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
An excellent site with information on how airplanes fly, why wings change shape on takeoff and landing, and propulsion systems.

See How It Flies
A complete and understandable online aeronautics text!   

How Airplanes Work
An excellent, well illustrated article from How Stuff Works. It not only answers the basic question of how airplanes fly, but also describes the function of wings and the other parts of an airplane.

How Does a Jet Engine Work?
The basics on jet propulsion from NASA's Ultra Efficeint Engine Technologyn Kid's Site. See their lesson plans.

Looking for Wright Brothers Lessons?

Five lessons for teaching about the Wright brothers from Education World.

Stories of the Wright's Flights
A lesson plan from Smithsonian Education. See also Wright Brothers National Memorial: Site of First Controlled Flight.

Values and Attitudes  
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which
students learn that the Wright brothers were only able progress when they ignored accepted beliefs about flight and began to test the theories for themselves.
See also Wright Brothers Project 2.  

Charles Lindbergh began his transatlantic flight in 1927
A classroom activity from Read-Write-Think. See also
Charles Lindbergh - Aviation Pioneer Lesson Plan.

Timeline of Flight
See also Aviation History Tmeline.

National Air and Space Museum
From the Smithsonian Institution.

Aviation Museums
An alphabetical list of links to aviation museums.

Airliners.net
Almost 2-million photos!   

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Chemistry Resources and Lesson Plans
Resources for Chemistry Educators
"
Annotated Web links to instructional materials and other resources of interest to chemistry teachers . . ."

Middle School Chemistry
Many lesson plans organized by chapter from the American Chemical Society. See their
High School Chemistry Education Resources.

Chemistry Homework Help
Find resources for a variety of chemistry topics or ask a specific question.

SMILE Program Chemistry Lesson Plans
Nearly 200 lesson plans!

Chemistry Lesson Plans
Another list of lesson plans
from MacMillan Science Teacher.

The Science Spot Chemistry Lesson Plans   
Many more lesson plans.

Chemistry Inquiry
Five free sample lesson plans from the Constructing Chemistry Curriculum.

Chemistry in the Kitchen
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

The Flavor of Organic Chemistry
A three-part unit introducing students to organic chemistry through the study of flavor.

Periodicity (The Periodic Table).
A high school lesson plan. See also Introduction to the Periodic Table of Elements and Periodic Table Bingo.

The Reason for the Atom and the Design of the Periodic Table of Elements
A 9th-grades lesson plan.

Supernova Chemistry Lesson Plan
A high school lesson plan in which students observe visible spectra of known elements and identify an unknown element or combination of elements by visible spectra.

Acids and Bases
A high school lesson plan. See also Acid-Base Chemistry Teacher Page and Determining Acids and Bases.

Corals and Chemistry
A Lesson plan from the EPA.   

The Chemistry of Fireworks
A WebQuest. See also The Chemistry behind Cooking WebQuest.   

Household Chemistry
A teacher's guide to help you use common items found at home in chemistry experiments.

Bubbles
I'm not sure if all this stuff is chemistry-related, but this site offers everything you need to teach and learn about bubbles.

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

The Scientific Revolution: Science & Society from the Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment
Many lesson plans, mostly for grades 9-12, from the Ohio State University History Teaching Institute.

Create a Timeline of Famous Scientific Experiments
A lesson plan from Microsoft in Education.

History of Science: Astronauts
A lesson plan complete with a worksheet.

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's Evolution
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about Charles Darwin. 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.

Scopes Trial Activity
A lesson plan appropriate for secondary students. See also Historical Thinking Matters: Scopes Trial for 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, To Drop the Bomb or Not, and Teaching the Manhattan Project.


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

Uncovering the History and Science of Blood
A middle-grade lesson plan from PBS program, "Red Gold."


Famous Scientists WebQuest
See also Scientists Throughout History.

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 Web Pages

History of Biology
Links to biographies of famous biologists.

Inventors/Inventions
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.

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

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.

Inventors
Resources and links from About.com.

Science Fairs/Projects
Preparing for a Successful Science Fair
A lesson plan for grades 7-12.

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.


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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