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Lesson Plans

Explore labs, classroom activities, and data-rich exercises to immerse your students in real-world science and help them learn about the world around us.

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What Color is the Sun?

Author: Emily Kellagher
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Earth Science, Sun

Solar Science Learning Kit

Author: Mark McCaffrey
Grade Level: K-12
Topic:
Earth Science, Sun

De qué Color es el Sol?

Author: Emily Kellagher
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Earth Science, Sun

Upward and Outward: Scientific Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Teacher Notes for Classroom Implementation of the Film

Author: Sandra Laursen
Grade Level: High School
Topic:
Earth Science, Nature of Science

Upward and Outward: Scientific Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Student Work

Author: Sandra Laursen
Grade Level: High School
Topic:
Earth Science, Nature of Science

Scientific Background for Upward and Outward: Scientific Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau

Author: Sandra Laursen
Grade Level: High School
Topic:
Earth Science, Nature of Science

Crazy Research Going On! Public Conceptions of Science and Scientists

Author: Sandra Laursen
Grade Level: High School
Topic:
Earth Science, Nature of Science

What Is the Difference between Science and Pseudoscience?

Author: Robert C. Jadin
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Nature of Science

Waste, Water and Wastewater

Author: Mari Elise Ewing
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Physical Science, Water

The Plant/Animal Balance: Photosynthesis and Respiration

Author: John Mischler
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Earth Science, Life Science

The People Pump: Inquiry into the Circulation System

Author: Jeffrey Morton
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Life Science

The Mysteries of Deep Cold: Inquiry Activities with Liquid Nitrogen (temperature, pressure and volume)

Author: Sierra Love Stowell
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Physical Science, STEM

The Effects of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on Ocean Currents

Author: Leigh Cooper
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Earth Science

Snow Tracks Can Illuminate Many Things: A Detective Exercise

Author: Tommy Detmer
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Life Science

Punnett Squares with Piebald Deer

Author: Leigh Cooper
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Life Science

Population Estimates: Bringing Math and Science Together

Author: Tommy Detmer
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Life Science, STEM

Northwest Passage: Using Google Earth to Explore Currents and Climate Change

Author: Mike Gartrell
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Earth Science, Climate Science, STEM

Making a Compass

Author: Dan Preston
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Physical Science

Is Basic Science Important?

Author: Amanda Hund
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Nature of Science, STEM

Ice Cores: The Past is the Key to the Future

Author: John Mischler
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Earth Science, Climate Science

Habitat for Stream Insects: What Kind of Substrate Is the Best Habitat for Aquatic Insects?

Author: Tommy Detmer
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Life Science

Energy Transformations: Exta-Terrestrial Impacts on Earth

Author: Mare Elise Ewing
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Physical Science

Energy Pyramids and Food Webs

Author: Jeffrey Morton
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Life Science

Earthworks: The Combination of Art and Nature

Author: Leigh Cooper
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
STEM

Data Analysis – Introduction to Measurement, Error and Outliers

Author: Helen McCreery
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Nature of Science, STEM

Bend This! Introduction to Circuit Bending and DIY Culture – Making an Instrument

Author: Sierra Love Stowell
Grade Level: Middle School
Topic:
Physical Science

Where Does the Rain Go? (Soil Percolation)

Author: Jeffrey Morton
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Earth Science, Water

Testing Murphy’s Law: Does Bread Always Land Butter Side Down?

Author: Nifer Wilkening and Tommy Detmer
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Nature of Science, STEM

Precipitation Patterns across the Globe

Author: Terry Legg
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Earth Science, Water

How Gravity Works: Why Two Objects of Different Masses Hit the Ground at the Same Time?

Author: John Mischler
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Physical Science

Habitat for Stream Insects: What Kind of Substrate Is the Best Habitat for Aquatic Insects?

Author: Tommy Detmer
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Life Science, STEM

Constructing a Dichotomous Key and Exploring Its Relationship to Evolutionary Patterns

Author: Tommy Detmer
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
STEM

Biomagnification: The Story of the Peregrine Falcon

Author: Leigh Cooper
Grade Level: Elementary
Topic:
Life Science, STEM