Published Lessons

Lessons in this area of the site have been vetted and approved as model lessons. These lessons have been subjected to intense review, editing, revision and discussion. If you have an idea on how to improve, expand, or adapt a Published Lesson, you can still join the lesson group to share your ideas.

China’s One Child Policy – “China’s Children”

magic chinese baby

Students will develop an understanding of China’s one-child policy through investigating primary and secondary sources. Students identify pros and cons of the policy based on textual evidence and peer conversations. Students will develop an argument for or against the policy and defend their position with evidence.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 9.10.53 AMInterdisciplinary Lesson

In this download you will find links to resources for information regarding OK C3 standards and CCSS. These resources include detailed information about CCSS as well as practical resources for Authentic Implementation of OK C3 standards and CCSS.

Water Rights and Fights


“Where does the water in the rivers come from?” “Where does it go?” “Who owns the water in rivers, reservoirs and aquifers?” As students investigate the science and geography of rivers, they will learn how people need and use rivers to sustain life. Students will also learn how the human/environmental interactions affect our water supply in both positive and negative ways. Finally, students will analyze water rights issues in some parts of the country.

The Trade Game


Through the “Trade Game,” students experience the strategic methods associated with the global trade of oil. Students participate in the simulation without knowing its connections to oil consumption and trade until the conclusion of the game. Experiences and data collected during the “Trade Game” allow students to further explore the impact of oil on regions around the world.

Tomato, Tomato


How do cultures evolve over time to be different from other cultures? This is a question students will analyze in this lesson as they explore how different cultures utilize objects and food in a variety of ways. Students will compare and contrast the practices in one culture with their own.

Feeding Frenzy


How does a population change over time and what are the factors that impact a population? These are the questions students examine as they explore limiting factors such as food, water, and shelter and their impacts on population dynamics.

Raising the Bar

raising-the-barInterdisciplinary Lesson

Science, mathematics, and geography are just a few subjects that require students to analyze data on standardized tests yet graphical analysis is a process skill that students continue to struggle with. In, “Raising the Bar”, students practice graphing and graphical analysis for the purpose of discovering the characteristics of developed and developing countries. Exploration of […]

Mesas to Tall Grass Prairies


The geography of Oklahoma is diverse with mesas, prairies, mountains, plateaus, forests and floodplains. How has this physical geography helped shape its pre-history, history and economy?

Hot Mama

blue.oceanInterdisciplinary Lesson

Through this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore a property of water, known as thermal expansion, which is a significant factor contributing to sea levels rising.

A Heated Debate

A Heated DebateInterdisciplinary Lesson

Explore what is behind the environmental change and what creative solutions are being sought. Students have a unique opportunity to combine statistical analysis and persuasive writing skills as they survey their class and their community, attempting to understand their opinions about global warming.

Sweeping Down the Plains

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In this interdisciplinary lesson, students explore earth’s changing landscape as global warming becomes more noticeable every year. Explore what is behind the environmental change and what creative solutions are being sought. Design and build a wind turbine, detailing the process, the advantages and disadvantages, refining the efficiency, and present findings. Explore barriers that slow the effort to change.

Sifting Through the Sand

dustbowlInterdisciplinary Lesson

In this cross-curricular Social Studies/English lesson, students will examine the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl and the environmental and economic impact it had on the region. This lesson will equip students with enough information to engage in an informed conversation with leading experts around the state as a concluding assessment piece.

What’s Shakin’?

Earthquake Globe

The goal of this lesson is to engage students in exploring devastating earthquakes from around the world. Students draw connections between the data and the Ring of Fire. Students hypothesize about why and how these great earthquakes occur.

Community Groups

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