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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.

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 5-8. Other grade levels include: K-2, 3-4, 9-12.

Coverdell World Wise Schools Lesson Plans (Peace Corps)
Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-9, 10-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Science; Social Studies

  • Coverdell World Wise Schools (CWWS) is an innovative education program that seeks to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others in order to: broaden perspectives; promote cultural awareness; appreciate global connections; and encourage service. Educators use these materials to teach subjects as varied as language arts, environmental education, and international economics. Teacher-tested lesson plans are organized by grade range (3-5, 6-9, 10-12), geographic region, topic, and publication title. Topics include Cross-cultural Understanding, Environmental Studies, Reading and Writing, Service Learning, and Social Studies.

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: Curriculum Materials (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
Grade Levels: 1-12
TEKS: Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits; Social Studies

  • Here is an overview of Federal Reserve resources available online for downloading or ordering. The materials are sorted into three main categories: Economics, Personal Finance, and Social Studies/History. For easy reference, each resource is listed with its appropriate audience and media type. The Federal Reserve recommends that you use this list and their revised FederalReserveEducation.org as your starting points.

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.

Explore Your National Parks: Historic Places. Lesson Plans in the Curriculum Kit (National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places)
Grade Levels: 5-12
TEKS: Social Studies

  • The six lessons in Explore Your National Parks: Historic Places illustrate how parks document many of the most important developments in American history. These lesson plans (designed primarily for middle school but adaptable for upper elementary through high school) can be used to enrich and enliven courses in history, social studies, civics, and geography. They have been adapted from ones published as part of the National Register’s Teaching with Historic Places program (see below). Includes “San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas.”

FederalReserveEducation.org
Grade Levels: 1-12
TEKS: Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits; Social Studies

  • Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education. All of the Fed web sites, curriculum, newsletters, booklets and other resources are free. Includes links to other (non-governmental) economic education sites. The “Teachers Resources” portion houses several interactive tools and resources for educators, students and parents. The curriculum search tool facilitates integrating Fed education materials into the classroom by aligning materials with National Standards.

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]

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.”

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.

Future State. U.S. Dept. of State for Youth. Parents and Educators. Lesson Plans (U.S. Dept. of State)
Grade Levels: 6-12
TEKS: Social Studies

  • Three lesson plans are available that are targeted toward easy integration into existing teaching curricula: Terrorism, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam: Escalation of Conflict.

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).

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.

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”).

The Learning Page. Lesson Plans (The Library of Congress)
Grade Levels: 4-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Social Studies

  • This site includes dozens of teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans, on topics from U.S. history to civics to literature. Use American Memory collections for primary source documents. Lesson plans are indexed by Themes, Topics, Disciplines or Eras and Title. “Lessons by Title” include a chart with a “Grades” column, but there is no way to search or limit by grade level.

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 (Grade 5-12) (National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Education Gateway. Classroom Activities)
Grade Levels: 5-12
TEKS: Science

  • Lesson plans on earth and space science.

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 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).

Ocean Explorer/Education. Lesson Plans (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Grade Levels: 5-12 (5-6, 7-8, 9-12)
TEKS: Science

  • This site provides direct access to 165 lesson plans developed by scientists and educators during the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Ocean Explorer field seasons. The 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. Includes images and video captured in the daily logs. Each activity is correlated to the National Science Education Standards and has Adaptations for Teachers of Deaf Students. Can search for plans by grade level, region, subject, or exploration.

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.

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.”

Teaching with Historic Places. Lesson Plans (National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places)
Grade Levels: 5-12
TEKS: Social Studies

  • One of this site’s primary offerings is a series of classroom-ready lesson plans created by National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators which use historic sites to explore American history. Although designed for middle school students learning history, social studies, geography, and other subjects, TwHP lessons are easily adaptable from upper elementary through high school, and even for college courses. Each lesson includes maps, readings, and photographs, all of which are accompanied by questions. Each TwHP lesson plan links both to relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12 and also to relevant Performance Expectations for Middle Grades from the national Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

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