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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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