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Lesson Plans You Can Use

Science and Math Educators -- Below you will find links to a multitude of federal agency resources for teachers. We are continuously updating the sites below, so check often for the latest resources.

General | EPA | DOE | NASA | NOAA | NSF | Smithsonian | USGS


National Science Digital Library (NSDL) (grades K-8)
A digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels.

NSDL Middle School Portal (grades 5-8) - This site is a portal to math, science and technology subject matter for middle school students that can be browsed by subcategories in the 3 areas or by national standards. Further links lead to specific lesson plans and teacher materials.

Digital Library for Earth Systems Education (DLESE) (grades K-12) - Geology and Earth Science resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.

Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL) (grades K-16) - The NSDL node specifically geared towards mathematics.

Teachers Domain (grades K-16) - This NSDL portal specializes in providing multimedia resources for the classroom that enhance learning experiences in ways no textbook can. Includes collections on life science, physical science, engineering, and even social studies.

Educator's Reference Desk  (grades K-12)
Collection of more than 2000 unique lesion plans that were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world.  Lesson plans are divided by subject.  The
main page includes a search feature which allows searches by keyword and/or by grade level. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (grades K-12)
These supplements are interactive teaching units that combine cutting-edge science research discoveries from the National Institutes of Health with state-of-the-art instructional materials. Each supplement is a teacher's guide to two weeks' of lessons on science and human health. In addition to printed materials, web accessible copies complete with student actitivites are available.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resources

Environmental Lesson Plans from the Environmental Protection Agency (grades K-12)
Collection of curricula and activities on a variety of environmental topics. Explore these links and find creative ways to teach your students about the environment.

Air (grades K-12) - acid rain, indoor air pollution, ozone, radon.

Conservation (grades K-12) - energy, environmental stewardship, natural resources, pollution prevention.

Ecosystems (grades K-12) - ecology, endangered species, global warming, habitats, watersheds.

Human Health (grades K-12) - drinking water, fish advisories, indoor air, lead, ozone depletion, pesticides, radon, smog.

In Your Neighborhood (grades K-12) - databases, local issues, maps.

Waste & Recycling (grades K-12) - garbage, household, hazardous & solid waste, landfills, superfund cleanups, trash

Water (grades K-12) - trash, drinking water, ecosystems, lakes, oceans, rivers, water pollution, watersheds

Interested in other EPA Resources for Teachers and Students? Visit our EPA Resources for Teachers Page or our EPA Resources for Students Page


Department of Energy (DOE) Resources

DOE Biological and Environmental Research Program Education Site
Here you will find a wide number of educational links with information and lessons plans for biology, weather, global change, chemistry, and genomics, as well as links to the educational sites constructed by many of the Department of Energy National Laboratories.

Education Websites at DOE Labs and Facilities (grades 8-12)
Links to the education websites of all the DOE facilities. Many facilities offer lesson plans and/or summer programs and internships for students and teachers.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy lesson plans (grades K-16)
Here you'll find resources for lesson plans, curriculum, and educational materials for teaching students and children about energy, particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Energy Information Administration's classroom activities page (grades K-12)
Find science fair experiments, as well as a selection of stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for students of all learning styles and levels.

LInC Online K-12 Classroom Projects (grades K-12)
Lesson plans and activites developed by teachers through the LInC summer program at Fermilab.

National Energy Technology Laboratory lesson plans (grades 6-12)
These lesson plans were developed through the Teachers in the Workplace Program. Geared toward middle and high school students, they explore such topics as fuel cell technology, environmental management, and biomass burning.

Interested in other DOE Resources for Teachers and Students? Visit our DOE Resources for Teachers Page or our DOE Resources for Students Page


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Resources

Educator Guides (grades K-12)
Designed to incorporate NASA-related topics into existing curriculum, NASA's guides utilize problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Each guide contains background information, education standards, hands-on activities, and NASA educational resources.

Imagine the Universe Lesson Plans from Goddard (grades 612)
A collection of math and science lesson plans for classroom use.

Lesson Plans from JPL (grades 5-12)
Make a comet in the classroom, explore topics from craters to Venus with innovative hands-on activities.

Live from the Aurora (grades K-12)
Learn about the sun. Age appropriate lesson plans covering such concepts as sunspots, magnetism, and auroras.

Mars curriculum modules (grades 4-12)
A wealth of resources and lesson plans will help you bring Mars into the classroom.

NASA Space Place (grades K-8)
Many of these lesson plans provide creative ways to teach math using information from space and space research, though a variety of other subjects are also covered, including science, engineering, and language arts. Many of the activities support the Standards for Technological Literacy, as developed by International Technology Education Association.

NASA Quest (grades K-12)
This site has lesson plans that include aerospace (Earth’s atmosphere and the space beyond), astrobiology (the study of the origin, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe), and women of NASA.

Planet Quest (grades 5-12)
Lesson plans revolving around the theme of searching for extrasolar planets.

Sky Tellers (grades K-10)
Native American myths explore the mysteries of our universe and our place in it. The stories are accompanied by explanations of the space science phenomenon as currently understood by scientists and hands-on activities to reinforce learning.

Space Science Curriculum Standards Quilt (grades K-12)
Search for activities and lesson plans by grade and National Science Education Standards

Sun-Earth Day (grades K-12)
This celebration traditionally falls on the Spring Equinox. The site provides lots of suggestions and opportunities for you and your classroom to explore our relationship to the Sun.

Interested in other NASA Resources for Teachers and Students? Visit our NASA Resources for Teachers Page or our NASA Resources for Students Page


National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Resources

NOAA Education for Educators (grades K-12)
links to classroom resources which introduce the major topic areas covered by NOAA's jurisdiction. While the site offers many different types of resources, the next several links are a sampling of the more specific opportunities found within this site.

JetStream (grades K-12) - NOAA's Online Weather School. In addition to providing lesson plans on basic weather occurrences, JetStream's goal is to advance weather safety. The JetStream homepage lists the topics down the left side, or educators can access the topics in a matrix format that outlines the order of provided lesson plans.

Activities in Meteorology (grades K-12) - Links lead directly to simple classroom activities and experiments that illuminate the underlying effects of meteorological events.

The Resource Listing for Weather and Climate Instruction (grades K-12) hosts the text of the publication "Resource Listing for Weather and Climate Instruction" and several links to ideas on how meteorological events can be used to teach basic principles of math and science.

The National Weather Service's Resources for Educators (grades K-12) provides links to classroom materials to suggest new and different ways to use atmospheric science to highlight other scientific subjects.

Lesson Plans from Ocean Explorer
This section provides direct access to 165 lesson plans developed by scientists and educators during the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Ocean Explorer field seasons. These lessons are geared toward students in Grades 5-12. Presented here as Web-based education materials, each lesson plan corresponds with a specific ocean exploration and can be supplemented with daily logs prepared by scientists and educators during each mission at sea. Images and video captured in the daily logs provide an invaluable resource for teachers and students as they explore these lessons.

Science with NOAA Research (grades K-6) has teachingmaterials - student activity books, teacher information, and teacher activity keys - for various weather and atmospheric topics ready to be printed and used immediately in any age-appropriate classroom.

Interested in other NOAA Resources for Teachers and Students? Visit our NOAA Resources for Teachers Page or our NOAA Resources for Students Page


National Science Foundation (NSF) Resources

Biology Lessons for Prospective and Practicing Teachers (grades K-8)
Biology lesson plans and activities embracing the constructivist philosophy of student learning and designed to facilitate students' learning about population biology, molecules, and cells.

CIBL, Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (grades pre-K-12)
Hands-on, inquiry based science and mathematics activities. [at the home page click on "science & math exercises"]

Clearinghouse on Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) (grades K-Post-Sec)
An educational clearinghouse designed to assist teachers in educating deaf and hearing students in mathematics, engineering, technology, and science. [at the home page click on "K12 Teachers"]

Strange Matter: Discover the Secrets of Everyday Stuff (grades 5-8)
A collection of virtual activities for students to explore the science behind everyday materials. [at the home page click on "for teachers"]

Kit and Curricular Companions (grades K-8)
Links to curricula resources for technology, life, Earth, and physical science teachers; supplement to national standards-based science kits.

Problems With A Point (grades 6-12)
Provides resources to support a problem-based approach to support existing math curricula.

PIE Network (grades 3-8)
PIE (Playful Invention and Exploration) is an approach to using new technologies that integrates art, science, music, and engineering.

The pH Factor (grades K-12)
Background information, lesson plans, and activities about pH based on a constructivist approach to learning.

WISE, the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (grades 4-12)
Projects for analyzing current scientific controversies using real-world evidence; WISE is also a research project.

Interested in other NSF Resources for Teachers and Students? Visit our NSF Resources for Teachers Page or our NSF Resources for Students Page


Smithsonian Institution

Science & Technology Lesson Plans (grades 3-8)
The Smithsonian Education department offers some well constructed lesson plans on topics from biology to archeology to oceanography and more.

The Smithsonian Educational Resource Library (grades K-12)
A good resource for teachers looking to mix lesson plans from several subjects. It will search the Smithsonian lesson plan database based on age, subject, or media type.



Bureau of Land Management Teacher Resource Center (grades K-12)
These classroom activities cover a range of topics from science to social studies and math. There are projects on everything from ecology to paleontology, from energy to archeology. A wide array of other classroom resources are also available.

Minerals Management Service Kids Page (grades K-12)
Lesson plans covering topics from "What's in seawater?" to "Tidepool Math" and "Ocean Energy".

National Park Service Curriculum-Based Programs (grades K-12)
Sorted alphabetically by park name, you can find information about pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit curriculum-based education programs for everywhere from Acadia to Zion.

USGS Learning Web
Here you'll find K-12 lesson plans, ideas for classroom activities, education materials, homework help and more.

Interested in other USGS Resources for Teachers and Students? Visit our USGS Resources for Teachers Page or our USGS Resources for Students Page



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