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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]

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).

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.

Alternative Energy Lessons. Energy Education (Alternative Fuels Research & Education Division. Railroad Commission of Texas)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Fine Arts; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Technology Applications

  • Alternative Energy, a science curriculum supplement correlated to TEKS and TAAS, consists of 24 lessons on energy and alternative fuels, primarily in the contexts of physics, chemistry, biology and earth science. Lessons are also included for English, mathematics, art and social studies classes. “Selected electronic resources are listed at the end of each section to help meet community expectations set out in the Texas Education Agency’s Long-Range Plan for Technology. Teachers may use these resources to meet advanced students’ learning needs, clarify and extend concepts … and help integrate TEKS into computer-based classroom activities.” (Introduction)

Atmospheric Sciences Trading Cards and Lesson Plans (Atmospheric Sciences Data Center)
Grade Levels: 5-8
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Technology Applications

  • Trading Cards are a fun and interesting method for learning about the Earth’s climate. Various aspects of Atmospheric Sciences are illustrated on Science, Mission, Data, Satellite, and Instrument cards, with an Introduction card to preface the set. Each card highlights important information that NASA uses in order to measure the Earth’s climate. Each set of trading cards is accompanied by lesson plans and activities for grades 5 through 8. Three sets are available: Radiation Budget Education, Aerosol Education, and Tropospheric Energy Education.

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.

Curriculum Supplement Series. Curriculum Supplements. High School, Grades 9-12 (Office of Science Education. National Institutes of Health)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Career Orientation; English Language Arts & Reading; Health Education; Health Science Technology Education; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Technology Applications

  • The Teachers Guide under each topic includes a section of lesson plans. Topics: cell biology & cancer, emerging & re-emerging infectious diseases; human genetic variation; the brain: understanding neurobiology through the study of addiction; sleep, sleep disorders, and biological rhythms, and using technology to study cellular and molecular biology. Under the “Web version” the curriculum supplement text can be viewed or printed and the optional multimedia activities accessed. Proceed to the teacher’s guide section for complete details on all of the activities. Print copies with accompanying CDs for some titles are also available in the Library (Cell biology and cancer. US Documents: HE 20.3065:C 33; Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. US Documents: HE 20.3065:IN 3; Human genetic variation. US Documents: HE 20.3065:G 28).

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.

Fire and Aviation Management Program. Lesson Plans (National Park Service)
Grade Levels: 6-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Fine Arts; Mathematics; Science

  • Lesson plans include “fire adaptation,” “hot questions,” “fire feelings,” “reporting the blazes,” “fire field trip,” and “fire in my backyard.”

From Stargazers to Starships. Lesson Plans for Teachers (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Mathematics; Science

Imagine the Universe Lesson Plans (Teachers’ Corner. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Grade Levels: 6-8, 6-9, 6-10, 7-12, 9-12, 11-12
TEKS: Mathematics; Science

  • Math and science lesson plans developed by teachers and the Imagine the Universe! Team.

Lesson Plans (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 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).

Renewable Energy Lesson Plans (Texas State Energy Conservation Office. www.InfinitePower.org)
Grade Levels: 4, 6, 9 (Elementary school, Middle school, High school)
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Technology Applications

  • Each lesson plan was created by a team of professional educators and renewable energy experts and uses information from one of the agency’s fact sheets as a starting point for building knowledge. In addition, all lesson plans are fully integrated with the latest TEKS requirements. Lesson plans are grouped into three age levels designed for elementary school (grade 4), middle school (grade 6), and high school (grade 9). However, the lesson plans can be used in other grades as well, or by parents and home schoolers to teach their children about renewable energy.

Understanding Taxes. Lesson Plans (Teacher Home. Internal Revenue Service. U.S. Dept. of the Treasury)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Mathematics; Social Studies

  • Detailed lesson plans guide instruction from the introduction of a given tax concept, through its development, to the lesson conclusion. This also gives the teacher the freedom to choose lesson content and activities to use in the classroom. Materials include printable PDFs for use in a traditional classroom setting, along with interactive online activities. The “Teacher Home” site also includes a section on “Educational Standards” with links to the National Standards curriculum areas and to the appropriate standards for all states.

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