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This web site includes education-related web sites from government agencies which contain lesson plans for use by teachers, home schoolers, and independent learners. It is not an exhaustive list and will be updated on a regular basis since many agencies continue to add lesson plans to their sites. Each entry includes the grade levels and possible subject areas in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) covered by the lesson plans. Many of the lesson plans on Texas government sites are fully integrated into TEKS.

The sites are organized in several ways: according to TEKS area, by an alphabetical master list, and lists by grade level. Each subject area page also includes a link to the appropriate chapter in TEKS from the Texas Education Agency web site. Not every area of TEKS is represented by lesson plans at this time. Some lesson plans can be modified for use in other skills subjects.


 


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)

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

  • Explore the Census in Schools Web site to learn about the importance of census data and how it can help you learn about your world. Visit the Materials for Schools section to get lesson plans, maps, teaching guides, and other informational materials to help teachers and students learn about the importance of the Census.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Education. National Ocean Service (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Science

  • The Education section of NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) Web site is organized into a collection of Discovery Kits describing the scientific principles underlying NOS’s major programs. Discovery Kits have been developed for teachers and students at the high school level, but can easily be adapted to the undergraduate or middle school level. The Tutorials, Roadmaps, and Lesson Plans in each Discovery Kit are designed to work together, but are comprehensive enough to be used on their own. As of November 22, 2004, three Kits are available: corals, tides & water levels, and geodesy.

Educational Resources (U.S. Courts. The Federal Judiciary)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Social Studies

  • The materials posted here deal with current issues and are ready for immediate classroom use. They also can be used for a field trip to the local federal courthouse.

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.

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.

The Gateway to 21st Century Skills (Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Education)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: [Comprehensive site]

  • The Gateway, 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, has been serving teachers continuously since 1996 which makes it one of the oldest publically accessible U.S. repositories of education resources on the Web. The Gateway contains a variety of educational resource types from activities and lesson plans to online projects to assessment items. To find lesson plans, search for “lesson plans” (as a keyword).

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 (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. 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)

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. 

The Federal Reserve Banks have developed several web sites and other resources for educators. “The Fed” recommends starting with the site FederalReserveEducation.org, which includes links to many other sites and resources. Two other examples appear below.

Econ Ed and the Fed Online (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits; Social Studies

  • This newsletter from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, part of the Bank’s “Educational Resources” web site (below), often includes lesson plans on topics such as, globalization, the rising cost of health care, and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The complete lesson plans, in PDF format, are available from links in each online issue.

Education. High School (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits

  • Look under “Instructional Materials” for three lesson plans: Financial Literacy in Action; Teaching About the Global Economy Using the Internet; and Federal Open Markey Committee Simulation Activity.

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

  • 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.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a number of different sites which are geared toward educators and include “lesson plans.” Some of these are listed below. A good place to start to find others is to go to the NASA home page and click on “For Educators” in the bar at the top of the screen. The “Educators” pages are divided by grades: K-4, 5-8, 9-12, post secondary, and informal education.

NASA Education Materials (Finding Teaching 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.

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.

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

  • Part of a book-on-the-web, From Stargazers to Starships, by David P. Stern. Lesson plans cover astronomy, physics, and Newtonian mechanics. Includes a “Math Refresher.” These lessons were originally written in 1999, but were expanded and upgraded in 2004, and a few were added then. These are not scripts for lessons, but outlines and suggested discussions, questions and examples, often going beyond what can be comfortably covered. Teachers should always select parts which are appropriate to the needs of their particular class.

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.

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.

The National Park Service has a number of different sites which include “lesson plans.” Representative ones are listed below. To locate more, do a search for “lesson plans” in the search box on the home page of the National Park Service.

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.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Curriculum Materials
Grade Levels:  6-8, 9-12
TEKS: Science

  • This site includes a High School Geology Curriculum guide, a Middle School Ecology Curriculum guide, and a Middle School Biology Curriculum guide. The middle school guides’ contents and benchmarks standards are specific to New Mexico.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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

  • Lesson plans on soil can be found under “Links for students and teachers.” These are grouped by grade levels (K-6, 7-12). Examples include “Painting with Soil,” “The Color of Soil,” “A Soil Profile,” and “Soil Experiments for the Classroom”.

Teach and Learn (Energy Education & Workforce Development. U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Science

  • Here you’ll find many creative lesson plans, labs, projects and other activities for grades K-12 on energy-related topics.

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 (Teacher Resources, 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. You can find classroom materials that meet state standards. Includes two new lesson plans (as of January 16, 2012) with a global perspective.

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 Documents: Lesson Plans (Digital Classroom. National Archives and Records Administration)
Grade Levels: 9-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Science; Social Studies

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.

USGS Education (U.S. Geological Survey)
Grade Levels: K-6, 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.

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