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For grades K-2

Erupting Volcanoes!

Students should learn what causes earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods and how those events shape the surface of the earth by making a volcano model. (Science NetLinks)

How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals

Students work together to plant a garden and study its growth using the inquiry process of questioning and exploring. Students record their observations in a field journal. (ReadWriteThink)

Blast Off! Vocabulary Learning Using a Virtual Moon Trip

This lesson is designed to help first- and second-grade students learn new vocabulary by taking them on virtual adventures that replicate field trips. (ReadWriteThink)

For grades 3-5

Animal Adaptations

Students will participate in classroom discussions and visit a website to learn more about animals and how well they’ve adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. (Science NetLinks)

Fossils Rock! Tales from the Field

Students listen to or read an interview with paleontologist Paul Sereno and then  join a dig with paleontologist Mike Everhart to learn what happens when a scientist in the field suddenly discovers fossil remains. (National Geographic XPeditions)

Weather Detectives: Questioning the Fact and Folklore of Weather Sayings

Students brainstorm weather sayings then investigate the accuracy and origins of the sayings in predicting the weather, using print and online resources in their research. (ReadWriteThink)

For grades 6-8

What Do Scientists Do?

Students do a report on distinct scientific fields using the Internet resources provided. The lesson should provide students with an idea of the diversity of science disciplines. (Science NetLinks)


Students will design and conduct their own experiments to determine what conditions are most conducive to naturally triggered avalanches. (Down to Earth Science)

Using Abiotic and Biotic Parameters to Monitor Water Quality

This lesson will introduce middle school students to the use of biotic and abiotic parameters to measure water quality. (STEM-Works)

Students Have Their Say: Exploring Ideas to Improve Science Education

What does “good” science education look like? What experiences, good and bad, have students had in science classes? In this lesson, students explore suggestions for improving the way science is taught and make their own proposals for new approaches to science teaching.

For grades 9-12

Simulating Climate Change Research in Grasslands

Students should learn how organisms interact (plant competition specifically) and how the dynamics of those interactions may potentially vary based on climate change predictions. (Science NetLinks)

Extracting DNA

Students should develop understanding of DNA by modeling the process of DNA extraction. (Science NetLinks)

Students Have Their Say: Exploring Ideas to Improve Science Education

What does “good” science education look like? What experiences, good and bad, have students had in science classes? In this lesson, students explore suggestions for improving the way science is taught and make their own proposals for new approaches to science teaching.

For all grade levels

Africanized Honey Bees on the Move

These lesson plans were developed to familarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities. (STEM-Works)

Explore the Nano in Sunblock

Students compare sunblock containing nanoparticles to those that do not and learn how nanoparticles are used to help block harmful rays from the sun. (STEM-Works)


For grades 3-5

Inventors and Inventions 2: Air and Space

Students will conduct an experiment in which they change the size, weight, and wing structure of paper airplanes to see how each plane flies. (Discovery Education)

For grades 6-8

Invention: Computer Technology

Students will understand that inventions can change the way we live and that many inventions start out with design flaws and are refined later by subsequent inventors and designers. (Discovery Education)

For grades 9-12


Students should learn how robots can help disabled people by designing their own robot and explaining how it will help someone they know who is disabled. (Discovery Education)

Understanding Television

Students will understand that producing a television show is a complex task that requires many skills, many people, and a great deal of thought and planning. (Discovery Education)

Energy And Cars: What Does The Future Hold?

Students will understand how attitudes toward fossil fuel use might change over the next 50 years, as well as types of alternative energy sources that are currently under research, particularly for use in cars. (Discovery Education)

For all grade levels

1, 2, Robot Hands Please Tie My Shoe

Students will explore how sensing is part of robotics by tying their shoes with different constraints. (STEM-Works)


For grades 6-8

Three Gorges: The Biggest Dam in the World

Students will learn about the construction of dams by studying the Three Gorges Dam in China on the upper Yangtze River, the second-largest power station in the world. (Discovery Education)

Balloon Aeronautics

Teams of students learn about basic aerodynamics by constructing a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide-string. (STEM-Works)

For grades 9-12

Green Roof Design

Students work collaboratively in small teams to design a heat- and water-conserving “green roof” of plant material for an urban apartment building. (Science NetLinks)

For all grade levels

Rubber Band Car

Students will build a car that’s powered by a rubber band and only has two wheels. (Design Squad Nation)

Confetti Launcher

Students will invent a device that launches a spoonful of confetti into the air. The bigger the cloud, the better. (Design Squad Nation)

Dance Pad Mania

Students build a dance pad that lets them use their feet to sound a buzzer or flash a light. (Design Squad Nation)


For grades K-2

Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists

Students use their problem-solving skills to stay within their budget as they choose items they plan to buy and create their personal shopping lists. (ReadWriteThink)

For grades 3-5

Long Distance Airplanes

Students make paper airplanes and explore attributes related to increasing flight distances. Each student collects data from three flights of the airplane and finds the median distance. (Illuminations)

Geometric Solids and Their Properties

In five interactive geometry investigations, students explore geometric solids and their properties. Throughout the unit, students analyze characteristics and properties of three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships. (Illuminations)

For grades 6-8

Bouncing Tennis Balls

Students develop their skills in collecting and recording data using the real-world situation of a bouncing tennis ball. They use the data collected to formulate the relationship between the dependent and independent variable in their experiment. (Illuminations)

For grades 9-12

Don’t Freeze the Engine

In this lesson, students will learn to read an antifreeze chart to determine the necessary mix of antifreeze and water. Students will then numerically analyze a particular cooling system to determine how much fluid to drain in order to get the desired percent concentration of antifreeze. (Illuminations)