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This page includes links to web sites from government agencies that contain lesson plans for use by teachers, home schoolers, and independent learners. It is not an exhaustive list and will be updated periodically. Each entry includes the grade levels and possible subject areas in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) covered by the lesson plans. It is your responsibility to confirm compliance with TEKS and/or other federal and state codes regarding education.



Agriculture in the Classroom (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Classroom and Curricula)
Grade Levels: K-12, Higher education
TEKS: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

  • Themed Resources include Agriculture and the Environment; Plants and Animals for Food, Fiber and Energy; Food, Health & Lifestyles; STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and Culture, Society, Economy & Geography.

Argonne National Laboratory (Education Program/U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Grade Levels: 6-8
TEKS: Science

  • Argonne National Lab’s Teacher Resources web page includes links to Lesson Plans from Argonne’s Sustainability Workshop for Middle School Teachers, resources for students, event information, and the Newton Ask a Scientist program.

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.

ChooseMyPlate.Gov (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: Health Education

  • Preschoolers (2-5 years old) learn to develop healthy eating habits combined with activity.
  • Kids (6-11 years old) learn from science-based information from the MyPlate Kids’ Place resources to build healthy meals and to maintain or achieve a healthy weight.

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.

Curricula and Lesson Plans (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Health

  • A collection of health educational materials from the National Agricultural Library.

Curriculum Supplement Series (Office of Science Education/National Institutes of Health)
Grade Levels: 1-2, 6-8, 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 and National Trust 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

  • This site includes lesson plans and study activities that can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom.

Education. National Ocean Service (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Grade Levels: 5-12
TEKS: Science

  • The National Ocean Service (NOS) education team engages formal and informal education audiences to build environmental literacy through products and programs that incorporate the applied science of NOS. The team supports teacher infusion of NOS content into local curricula through professional development opportunities at conferences and through Web-based avenues.
  • NOS education provides formal lesson plans and classroom ideas that emphasize hands-on activities and problem-based learning using on-line data resources. These are correlated to National Science Education Standards and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

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; History; 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 Comic Book Series contains free downloads of the book and lesson plans for middle school and high school.
  • Use the search box to locate more than 475 lesson plans

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 Kids (U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Science

  • Use the teacher’s guide to provide energy lessons that use this student-friendly website to explore energy sources and ways to save energy, through online puzzles, quizzes, and experiments.

Federal Reserve Education
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits; History; 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.

Financial Literacy (H.I.P. Pocket Change. The U.S. Mint)
Grade Levels: K-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.

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.

Fossil Energy (Office of Fossil Energy/U.S. Department of Energy)
Grade Levels: 1-12
TEKS: Science

  • Fossil Energy created printable study guides and activities emphasizing the importance of coal, natural gas, and petroleum to our everyday lives. The office hopes to familiarize students with the science and technologies that make using fossil fuels cleaner. Lessons and activities are available for elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

The Harnessed Atom (Office of Nuclear Energy/U.S. Department of Energy)
Grade Levels: 6-8
TEKS: Engineering, Mathematics, Science, and Technology

  • A new middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum extension that focuses on nuclear science and energy. It offers teachers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science.

H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Lesson Plans (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.

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.

JPL (NASA) Lesson Plans  (Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Science

  • Standards aligned lesson plans in earth processes, engineering, mathematics, physical science, space science, and more for grades K-12

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

  • Includes Lesson plans in Soil Science and Backyard Conservation.
  • Access to PLANTS Database
  • Free resources available from the NRCS Distribution Center

K-12 Resources on Invasive Species (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Science

  • From the National Agricultural Library, this site provides general educational resources for students K-12 for invasive aquatic, animal, microbe, and plant species.

Lesson Plans (The Library of Congress)
Grade Levels: 3-12
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 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 non-formal 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)

MyMoney.Gov (Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: English Language Arts & Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Technology Applications

  • This special section of MyMoney.gov provides information about and links to a collection of federal guides and curricula for teaching financial capability concepts. The collection is designed specifically for teachers and educators.
  • The Spotlight Resources below provide a taste of the types of available resources.
  • To find more resources in the MyMoney collection, use the search box on the navigation bar. Simply type in the word or phrase that describes your topic, and the site will do the searching for you.

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 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Mathematics; Science; Technology Applications

  • NASA Quest is no longer an active site. However, the Library of Congress archived the site covering the dates of 2001-2015.
  • 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 Lessons & Activities (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 grade level, topics, or artists.

National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: [Literacy and Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies]

  • The Teachers’ National Park Service website provides resources from all 401 national parks. The site includes distance learning resources and is searchable by location, keyword, and more than 125 subjects, from archeology, to biology, to Constitutional law. Teachers will, for the first time, be able to rate NPS-provided content. In addition to park-created content, the site also features educational materials created by NPS national programs like the National Register of Historic Places and its award-winning Teaching with Historic Places series of 147 lesson plans.

Nutrition Education: Resources for Middle and High School (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: 7-12
TEKS: Health Education

  • A collection of nutrition educational materials, including lesson plans) from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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.

Pumpkins (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: K-12
TEKS: Health Education, Science

  • A collection of nutrition and agricultural educational materials, including lesson plans) from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Resources for Teachers (USA.gov)
Grade Levels: 3-12
TEKS: [Comprehensive site]

  • This site includes lesson plans and other helpful activities for your class. Educational subjects include Art, Careers, Government, History, Math, and Money.

Resources on Sustainability for Educators (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Classroom and Curricula)
Grade Levels: K-12, College
TEKS: Science

  • From the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, this resource covers a variety of topics including animal production, crop production, energy, farm business management, natural resources/environment, pest management, soil management, sustainable communities.
  • Some resources are: The Farmer Field Day Toolkit; The Ogallala Aquifer of the Texas High Plains: A Race Against Time; Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Programs for K-12; Sustainable Agriculture Learning Modules for High School Agriculture.

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 (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Grade Levels: K-12, College
TEKS: Science

  • A collection of educational materials about soil from definitions, soil surveys, soil formation and classification, a soil science glossary, and more.

STEM Rising (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Grade Levels: K-12, Higher education
TEKS: Science

  • STEM resources for students, teachers, and the energy workforce. Includes links to resources for grade-appropriate lesson plans, curriculum, and educational materials for teaching students and children about energy, particularly energy literacy, efficiency, and renewable energy. Includes links to sites that are non-governmental agencies and institutions.

Sustainable Agriculture (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Grade Levels: K-12, College
TEKS: Science

  • Review instructional books, teaching aids, course outlines, support organizations and other teaching resources for all levels - kindergarten, high school and beyond.

TEA Curriculum, Assessment, & Rules (Texas Education Agency)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: [Comprehensive site]

  • Information on curriculum, assessment, and rules. Also available; contact information, an English mailing list, and links to TEKS.

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 (U.S. National Park Service)
Grade Levels: PreK-12
TEKS: Literacy and Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies

  • Brought to you by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Teachers’ National Park Service website provides resources from all 401 national parks. The site is searchable by location, keyword, and more than 125 subjects, from archaeology, to biology, to Constitutional law. Teachers will, for the first time, be able to rate NPS-provided content. In addition to park-created content, the site also features educational materials created by NPS national programs like the National Register of Historic Places and its award-winning Teaching with Historic Places series of 147 lesson plans.

Teaching with Historic Places (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.

Wildlife & Wildlands Toolkit (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
Grade Levels: 6-8
TEKS: Science

  • Designed for classroom teachers and information educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, and science centers..
  • Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, NASA, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting the Nation’s wildlife and public lands.
  • Kit includes introduction video and a variety of materials such as global warming wheel card, case studies, activities, and more.

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