Additional Lesson Plans

Below you’ll find some of our favorite lesson plans about nature and the outdoors from around the web.

Grades K-5

Connected EcosytemsSmithsonian Ocean Portal

Getting to the Root of It: Plant Dissection and Root Systems, Scholastic

Flowers Seeking Pollinators, California Academy of Sciences

How Do Polar Bears Stay Warm?, National Wildlife Federation

How Plants Grow, US Department of Agriculture

Invent an Insect, California Academy of Sciences

Investigating Compost, California Academy of Sciences

Leafing the Nest: The Life Cycle of a Plant, Jessica Argese, Indiana Public Schools

Life in a Nest: Exploring Life Cycles with Bird Cams, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Living Life as a Plant, South Carolina ETV

Macroinvertebrate Manor, California Academy of Sciences

Measuring Earthquakes, California Academy of Sciences

Night Friends, National Wildlife Federation  

Observing Variation, California Academy of Sciences

Plant Life Cycles, PBS

Plant Parts, Brown County, WI

Plant Parts and Functions, Virginia Department of Education

Seed Sensation: Exploring and Sorting Seeds, Scholastic

Slippery Shores: Oil Spill Cleanup, California Academy of Sciences

A Time to Sleep (Hibernation), Scholastic

Tricky Tracks, National Wildlife Federation

What Contains Carbon?, California Academy of Sciences

Which Was is North?, California Academy of Sciences

Grades 6-8

Buoyancy Bull’s Eye, California Academy of Sciences

Discovering Rainforest Locations, California Academy of Sciences

Flower Anatomy, Science Friday

Flowers Seeking Pollinators, California Academy of Sciences

Food Chains and Webs, Michigan State University

How Big is Big? Discovering Relative Sizes of Large Plants and Animals, California Academy of Sciences

How Many Bison?, National Wildlife Federation

How Stable is Your Food Web?, California Academy of Sciences

Investigating Compost, California Academy of Sciences

Investigating Moon Phases, California Academy of Sciences

Life in a Nest: Exploring Life Cycles with Bird Cams, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Mutualism and Coral Reefs, Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Observing Variation, California Academy of Sciences

Photosynthesis and Transpiration, Nelida Boreale, Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board

Photosynthesis Seen From Space, California Academy of Sciences  

Rapid Trash Assessment, California Academy of Sciences

Raptor Migration, California Academy of Sciences

Slippery Shores: Oil Spill Cleanup, California Academy of Sciences

Stomata Printing: Microscope Investigation, California Academy of Sciences