Lesson Plans and Resources for
Teaching Gifted and Talented Students

This site contains lesson plans and resources for teachers and parents of gifted, talented, and high-achieving students.
Last updated on September 2, 2021.

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Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Students
Mrs. Seagrave's Quest Class and Thematic Units
Information, weekly activities, online activities, and units from this long-time teacher of elementary gifted and talented students.

Ancient Egypt Thematic Unit
One of the 13 instructional units from the above site.

MENSA for Kids
An excellent resource.

Mensa for Kids Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for gifted and talented students from MENSA for Kids.

Utopia and the American Dream
One high school lesson plan from the above site.

Teaching Gifted Children: Ideas, Tips, and Lesson Plans
Ideas, lesson plans, and enrichment programs from Bright Hub.

Gifted Resources: Curriculum
Links to resources and curricula from Exquisite Minds.

Minimus: The Mouse that Made Latin Cool
One link from the above site, Minimus is a Latin course for young childrem.

Gifted and Talented Teaching Ideas
From Pinterest. You have to have to join to view the complete page.

"I'm Done Now, What Can I Do?"
A 4th grade social studies unit from Core Knowledge in which students develop skills to become self-directed learners. See also Not Just for Gods and Goddesses for a 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm
Though this K-2 lesson plan from Read/Write/Think isn't only for GT students, it requires the use of higher-level thinking skills.  

Aztec Mythology
A unit for fourth and fifth-grade students in the talented and gifted program. See also Aztec and Mayan Mythology.

The Anti-Slavery Movement
A lesson plan from Lincoln/Net. Scroll down to the "Notes for the Instructor" for information on adapting the lesson to higher-functioning students.

To Be or Not to Be
A high school lesson plan from the Holocaust Teacher Resource Center in which students read, analyze, discuss, and write about the poem "To the Little Polish Boy Standing with His Arms Up."

Similarities and Differences Between the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War
A lesson plan for 5th-graders or 4th-grade students who are high achievers.

Science Fiction and the Future
A unit designed to be used in conjunction with the future studies that are a part of the curriculum for seventh grade Talented and Gifted students.

Gifted and Talented Enrichment Curriculum
Pdf document from Chesterfield Township Elementary School.

Story Shackles: Linking Students to Written Text
This middle-grade lesson is not specifically for gifted students, but looks like an excellent way to teach students to read text critically.

Interior Design and Housing Makeover Project
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 that includes extensions for gifted students.

AP English Language and Composition Home Page
Scroll down the page to find lesson plans and teaching strategies. See other similar pages for a variety of subjects.

Beyond the Book Report
A list of ideas for middle-grade gifted students.

 I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me . . .
A unit on 1984 for a 10th-grade honors class.

Top 5 Ideas for Early Finishers
Not a lesson plan, but rather a list of five ideas for students who finish their work very quickly. See also Smart and Bored.  

Teaching Children Philosophy
A website designed to help adults "conduct philosophical discussions" with elementary-grade children.

Assessing Higher Order Thinking
Ways to define and assess higher-order thinking from ASCD..

Free Online High School Courses & Curriculum Materials
From Hoagie's Gifted Education Page.

So, You're Gifted  . . . Now What?
A WebQuest to promote self-discovery.

Collections of High Quality Lessons (but not necessarily specifically for GT students)

This site from the National Endowment for the Humanities offers many high quality and challenging lesson plans.

The Kennedy Center Digital Resources
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers high-quality lesson plans, articles, and performance guidelines.

Smithsonian Learning Lab
This is a new landing page, so you m ight have to use the search to find their high-quality lesson plans
. Most could easily be adapted to the needs of GT students . Click on Educators to find lesson plans.

Docs Teach
Teaching activities and lesson plans based on primary documents in the national Archives. Lessons are correlated to national standards for history, civics, and government. 

Library of Congress
Many wonderful lesson plans using primary sources.

Teaching with Historic Places
From the National Registry of Historic Places. Go to Lesson Plans to browse the collection.

Lesson plans from the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association.

National Geographic Classroom Resources
Many lesson plans, activities. and units.


Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site offers multi-media mathematics investigations, reflections on teaching, links to the best panel-reviewed mathematics web resources and Internet-based lesson plans all linked to the updated NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics .

SMILE Program Lesson Plans
Nearly 200 lesson plans from IIT organized by the following categories: Geometry and Measurement, Patterns and logic, Probability and Statistics, Recreational and Creative Math, Practical and Applied Math, Arithmetic, Graphs and Visuals, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Miscellaneous. See also their lessons for Chemistry and Biology.

NASA for Educators

I don't find this page to be particularly user-friendly, but the Search STEM Resources and Opportunities option allows you to find lesson plans by subject and grade level.

Social Science Education Consortium
Lesson plans for both the elementary and secondary levels from the NCSS.

National Organizations and Centers
National Association for Gifted Children
The home page of the NAGC.

Davidson Institute
"A national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students
18 and under."

National Society for the Gifted and Talented
A relatively new organization.

Center for Gifted Education Policy

From APA Online.

William and Mary Center for Gifted Education
Includes information on the William and Mary Curriculum.

Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development
From the University of Connecticut, this page includes information about and links to graduate programs in gifted education, a mentor connection, and various models for gifted education.

National Association for Gifted Children Information and Publications
Position papers, hot topics, glossary of terms, ERIC archives, etc.

Educational Resources
Many articles from the NSGT.

Articles Library
Articles from SENG.

Unwrapping the Gifted
A blog from Education Week.

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
Ideas from Teachers First.

Nurturing Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children
From the NAGC.

Gifted Education as  a Whole School Model
This article from Education World summarizes Joseph Renzulli's model.

The Underachievement of Gifted Students: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?
From the Davidson Institute. See also Meeting the Needs of Gifted Underachievers - Individually.

Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
One more article.

Degree and Certificate Programs in Gifted Education
The Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University (GERI)  
GERI offers masters and doctoral degrees with a specialization in gifted education.

Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary
Offers doctoral degrees in Gifted Education.

The Curry School of Education (U. of Virginia)
Offers a Gifted Learners in PREK-12 Education Certificate, an M.S. and Ed.S.in Curriculum and Instruction with a Gifted Education Focus, as well as a Ph.D. in Gifted Education.

University of Arizona
M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees with concentrations in education of gifted students.

Arizona State University
ASU offers an online graduate certificate in gifted education.

University of South Florida

Entirely online, fully accredited master's degree programs in gifted education.

Mizzou Online (University of Missouri)
Offers an online Master's degree in special education with an emphasis in gifted education.

University of North Texas

Offers certificates for teachers in gifted education.

University of Minnesota

The U of M's certificate in talent development and gifted education is a 12-credit program preparing teachers, administrators, and other professionals to develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings.

Other Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students

Hoagie's Gifted Education Page
An award-winning resource for teachers, parents, and students. Be sure to see Gifted 101 and Gifted 102.

Glossary of Gifted Terms
From NAGC.

Differentiation of Instruction
Information from Hoagie's Gifted Education Page.  

How to Challenge Gifted Students
Ideas from Teachnology.

MENSA for Kids
See their resources Characteristics or Giftedness and Is My Child Bright?

Center for Talented Youth
Information regarding Johns Hopkins SET program.

Education Program for Gifted Youth
E-learning courses from Stanford University.

Gifted Kids' Bill of Rights
From the Lesson Tutor.


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