Lesson Plan Library

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. If you’re looking for in-depth units and modules, check out the curricular units page.

Lesson Plan Library

Program: HEART Force
Program Title File
HEART Force Drought MS Resource Folder
HEART Force Drought MS Lesson Slides Drought_MS_Lesson Slides.pdf
HEART Force Drought MS Student Handout Drought_MS_Student Handout.pdf
HEART Force Drought MS Teacher Guide Drought_MS_Teacher Guide_190806.pdf
Program: Extremes
Program Title File
Extremes Biomagnification: The Story of the Peregrine Falcon Cooper_Biomag_combined_large.pdf
Extremes Constructing a Dichotomous Key and Exploring Its Relationship to Evolutionary Patterns Detmer_dichotomous_key_template.pdf
Extremes Habitat for Stream Insects: What Kind of Substrate Is the Best Habitat for Aquatic Insects? Detmer_Macroinvertebrate_Elementary_Lesson.pdf
Extremes How Gravity Works: Why Two Objects of Different Masses Hit the Ground at the Same Time? john-mischler-gravity-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes Precipitation Patterns across the Globe legg-precipitation-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes Testing Murphy’s Law: Does Bread Always Land Butter Side Down? Wilkening_Detmer_Bread_Falling_plus_template.pdf
Extremes Where Does the Rain Go? (Soil Percolation) Morton_Soil_percolation.pdf
Extremes Bend This! Introduction to Circuit Bending and DIY Culture – Making an Instrument smls-circuit-bending-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes Data Analysis – Introduction to Measurement, Error and Outliers McCreery_Data_Analysis_template.pdf
Extremes Earthworks: The Combination of Art and Nature cooper-earthworks-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes Energy Pyramids and Food Webs Morton_Food_Web.pdf
Extremes Energy Transformations: Exta-Terrestrial Impacts on Earth Ewing_energy_transformations_combined.pdf
Extremes Habitat for Stream Insects: What Kind of Substrate Is the Best Habitat for Aquatic Insects? Detmer_Macroinvertebrate_MS_Lesson.pdf
Extremes Ice Cores: The Past is the Key to the Future JohnMischler-IceCoreActivity.pdf
Extremes Is Basic Science Important? Hund_Science_Funding_template.pdf
Extremes Making a Compass preston-magnet-lesson-plan_0.pdf
Extremes Northwest Passage: Using Google Earth to Explore Currents and Climate Change gartrell-nw-passage-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes Population Estimates: Bringing Math and Science Together Detmer_Population_Estimation.pdf
Extremes Punnett Squares with Piebald Deer cooper-punnet-square-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes Snow Tracks Can Illuminate Many Things: A Detective Exercise Detmer_Snow_Tracks_combined_small.pdf
Extremes The Effects of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on Ocean Currents cooper-el-nino-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes The Mysteries of Deep Cold: Inquiry Activities with Liquid Nitrogen (temperature, pressure and volume) smls-liquid-nitrogen-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes The People Pump: Inquiry into the Circulation System morton-people-pump-lesson-plan.pdf
Extremes The Plant/Animal Balance: Photosynthesis and Respiration JohnMischler-ClosedSystem.pdf
Extremes Waste, Water and Wastewater Mari_Elise_Wasterwater_lesson.pdf
Extremes What Is the Difference between Science and Pseudoscience? Jadin_Pseudoscience_Full_Lesson.pdf
Program: Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau
Program Title File
Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Scientific Background for Upward and Outward: Scientific Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Upward-Outward_scienceGuideForTeachers.pdf
Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Crazy Research Going On! Public Conceptions of Science and Scientists Upward-Outward_viewsOfScienceHandoutv2.pdf
Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Upward and Outward: Scientific Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Student Work Upward-Outward_Student_Work_Survey.pdf
Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Upward and Outward: Scientific Inquiry on the Tibetan Plateau Teacher Notes for Classroom Implementation of the Film Upward-Outward_Teacher_Classroom_NotesSL.pdf
Program: Solar Dynamics Observatory - EVE
Program Title File
Solar Dynamics Observatory - EVE De qué Color es el Sol? What_Color_is_the_Sun-Spanish.pdf
Solar Dynamics Observatory - EVE Solar Science Learning Kit 17-11-2014_1003_490.pdf
Solar Dynamics Observatory - EVE What Color is the Sun? What_Color_is_the_Sun.pdf
Program: DISCOVER-AQ: Know Your Air Quality
Program Title File
DISCOVER-AQ: Know Your Air Quality Know Your AQ Curriculum Overview & Appendices aq_appendices.zip

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