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Big Bend National Park. Curriculum Materials
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies

  • Includes lesson plans from biodiversity, cultural diversity, and geology & paleontology workshops.

Changing the Face of Medicine. Lesson Plans (National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health)
Grade Levels: K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12
TEKS: Health Education; Health Science Technology Education

  • Lesson plans bring the world of medicine into the classroom. The plans targeted for specific age groups within K-12 have been designed to enhance understanding of the physiology of the body and the field of medicine. The link above connects to Grades K-2. Other grade levels include: 3-4, 5-8, 9-12.

EDSITEment ("The Best of the Humanities on the Web") (National Endowment for the Humanities)
Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Fine Arts; Languages Other Than English; Social Studies; Spanish Language Arts & Reading

  • From the NEH in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation, this educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to the classroom. One important goal of EDSITEment is to help educators integrate the Internet as a standard classroom resource. Use Reference Shelf for helpful tips on using the Internet in the classroom. Subject areas include: Art & Culture, Literature & Language Arts, Foreign Language, and History & Social Studies. Under "Search" you have the option to limit by grade level, or you can sort all lesson plans by grade level or one of the four subject areas.

Educational Resources at the Census Bureau (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Grade Levels: K-4, 5-8, 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Social Studies

  • This page includes "Lesson Plans Using Census Data." The purpose of the plans is to help students understand the importance and benefits of the census; to promote awareness and encourage greater participation in the national census at the local level; and to improve the accuracy of the census. The page also includes "Teacher Resources on the Web" which includes links to government educational websites that feature lesson plans in math, science and social studies. These lesson plans usually include classroom activities and projects that use the Internet.

Energy Lesson Plans, Curriculum, and Educational Materials (Energy Education & Training. U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Grade Levels: K-12, Higher education
TEKS: Science

  • Here you'll find a collection of links to resources for grade-appropriate lesson plans, curriculum, and educational materials for teaching students and children about energy, particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many of the sites linked to are non-governmental agencies and institutions.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: [Comprehensive site]

  • More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE web site. Subjects include: arts, educational technology, foreign languages, health, language arts, mathematics, physical education, science, social studies, and vocational education. [FREE brochure]

For Educators. Capitol Visitors Center (Texas State Preservation Board)
Grade Levels: K-8
TEKS: Social Studies

  • The Lesson Plans on this site relate directly to the tours, exhibits and films the students experience at the Texas State Capitol and the Visitors Center. They also cover material from the social studies TEKS. Separate lesson plans are available on the State Capitol for 4th and 7th grade classes.

GEM. The Gateway to Educational Materials (Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Education)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: [Comprehensive site]

  • The Gateway to Educational MaterialsSM is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. Offers more than 40,000 lessons and instructional resources from more than 400 organizations. To find lesson plans, "Search the GEM Catalog" for "lesson plans" (as a keyword).

K-12 Resources. Lesson Plans (Soil Education. National Resources Conservation Service. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Science

  • Lesson plans on soil ("Soil Crayon," "Painting with Soil," "The Color of Soil," "A Soil Profile," "Soil Experiments for the Classroom").

Lesson Plan Collections. Teacher Toolbag--Educational Resources (Texas Education Agency)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: [Comprehensive site]

  • A list of links to comprehensive collections of lesson plans, most of which are non-governmental sites.

LessonsPlans (H.I.P. Pocket Change. The U.S. Mint)
Grade Levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Technology Applications

  • Classroom teachers helped design these lesson plans for social studies, language arts, advanced math, and science using the 50 State Quarters® Program and the Westward Journey Nickel Series. Plans are based on the National Education standards.

Lesson Plans & Activities (USGS)
Grade Levels: K-3, 4-6, 4-8, 5-8, 7-12
TEKS: Science; Social Studies

  • All USGS teaching packets are based on national education standards. Most teacher packets are only available online. Subject areas include Life Science, Geography: Maps, and Earth Science. The site also includes a list of links to other lesson plans.

Lesson Plans for Teachers (Texas Dept. of State Health Services)
Grade Levels: K-5
TEKS: Health Education; Science; Spanish Language Arts & Reading

  • Lesson plans for grades K-5 on anatomy, illness and prevention, and nutrition. The nutrition lessons are also available in Spanish. Each plan includes links to the appropriate TEKS chapter. 

Lesson Plans from TES (Teaching Environmental Sciences) (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies

  • Teachers who participated in the TCEQ's Teaching Environmental Sciences (TES) program developed the lesson plans and ideas for field trips and other activities contained in this publication. (TES is a graduate-level course for teachers and nonformal educators interested in integrating environmental topics into their lessons and activities.) Correlations to TEKS is shown on each lesson plan. Chapters cover air, water, and waste. Appendix A is a list of lesson plans by grade level. This is an online version of a TCEQ publication also available in print in the Library. (Texas Documents: N330.5 L566P 2001)

NASA Educational Materials
Grade Levels: K-4, 5-8, 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Technology Applications

  • An extensive list of educational materials can be browsed by type (bookmarks, classroom activities, educator guides, etc.), by grade level, or by subject. Broad subject areas include: Careers, Earth Science, History, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Space Science, Spanish, and Technology.

NASA Quest. Educators and Parents (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Mathematics; Science; Technology Applications

  • NASA Quest offers a wide range of free online tools and resources for teachers, students, parents and others including Web and print lesson plans, educator guides and workbooks. Some units include correlations to Texas standards.

NGA Classroom for Teachers and Students (National Gallery of Art)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Fine Arts; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies

  • A place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum. Resources can be accessed by curriculum, topics, or artists. "Featured Lessons" include topics such as self-portraits in art (explores identity using self-portraits and creative writing), new angles on art (explores the intersection of art and math concepts such as geometry), and counting on art (using works of art to introduce and practice math concepts).

Smithsonian Lesson Plans (Educators. Smithsonian Education)
Grade Levels: PreK-3, 4-8, 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Fine Arts; Science; Social Studies; Technology Applications

  • Lesson plans in art & design, science & technology, history & culture, and language arts are available. Browse lesson plans by subject area or search by grade levels and keywords.

Teacher Toolkit: Activities and Lesson Plans (Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Science

  • Lesson plans on ecological concepts, terrestrial ecology, aquatic activities, archeology, and journaling and creative writing.

Teachers' Lounge. Resources for Teachers. Lesson Plans (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Education and Outreach Program. Office of Science. U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Science

  • The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Education and Outreach Program creates basic science lessons related to weather and climate for K-12th grade. ARM Education strives to make lessons that are relevant to the needs of the schools in the communities where the ARM Program has their sites, the Southern Great Plains (SGP) of the United States, the Tropical Western Pacific (TWP), and the North Slope of Alaska (NSA). However, almost all of these lessons are useful for students anywhere. Lesson plans cover such topics as "acid rain," measuring cloud heights," "rainfall and water table," and "tracking global climate change."

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