Published Lessons

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Students will explore soil chemistry, vegetable growth needs, environmental impact, and soil health through project based learning by creating a school garden proposal.

Funding provided by USDA to Project No. 2012-02355 through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Regional Approaches for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Variability and Change.

Glaciers – “As Cold as Ice”

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Students will explore what effects glaciers have on the landscape. Students will examine evidence for glacial theory and other competing theories of the early 1800’s. Students will read field journal excerpts from geologists as well as analyze the data collected from early Alpine expeditions.

“Changing Stories”: Creating Fictional Narratives from Water

boilingInterdisciplinary Lesson

Students will study water’s different states of matter through collaborative research and several speaking/ listening activities. Once a foundation is laid for the scientific elements of water, abstract thinking activities will allow the students to explore water in more creative ways. This lesson includes reading for a purpose, speaking & listening, and writing components.


Flash flood

In this lesson, students will explore how water behaves on various substrates (ground surfaces), what occurs during a flood, and the causes of flash floods. This lesson concluded with students designing and testing various floodplain models intended to mitigate the effects of flash floods.


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Students will explore climate variation in various environments using EOMF (Earth Observation and Modeling Facility) GIS (Geospatial Information Science) data, weather and climate data. Students will use their observations and data to make predictions about future environmental change and possible effects on local populations. Students will analyze, interpret, and present their findings.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

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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.

Weather and Climate – “The Parched Plains”


Students will explore meteorological data as well as news articles to explore droughts both in the present and throughout history. Students will determine the weather and climate events that can cause a drought that are indicators used to predict future droughts.

Lab Safety – “Rules of the Mogwai”


Students will analyze MSDS documents and create lab safety posters integrating safety guidelines for materials that will be used throughout the year in science labs.

Energy Transfer and Experimental Design – “Thermal Mapping”


In this lesson students will create a thermal map of the school building using student-generated data. Students will collect and analyze temperature data looking at reliability of data in relation to the design of an experiment. After a teacher-facilitated discussion, students will refine their experimental design and set strict procedures and guidelines in order to produce more accurate and reliable data. Students will use these data to create a thermal energy map of the school and prepare a report for the school as an energy consultant. This report may be submitted to an administrator or the school’s energy consultant.

All Shook Up

SampleSeismogramInterdisciplinary Lesson

Students will examine various forms of earthquake data ranging from intensity, magnitude, and first person accounts to explore what factors contribute to the damage caused by earthquakes and how geologists use this information to pinpoint epicenters and focus of an earthquake. Students will analyze first person accounts and damage reports to determine earthquake intensity as well as looking at USGS data.

Cat Fishin’

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This lesson integrates math and science using varied approaches to research. The research centers around the Mekong River Delta giant catfish and its population decline. Students will analyze data mathematically as well as using visual and verbal representations.

Wingin’ It

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In this lesson, students will experiment with paper helicopters. Students will manipulate the helicopters by changing wing length and helicopter mass, to discover the optimal wing length for their flying apparatus. Students will measure the flying time for their helicopters.

Student will then analyze their data by creating a class scatter plot graph. Students will utilize a line of best fit to develop a Wing length to weight ratio to predict the optimum wing length for any given body weight. Students will then apply this concept to various bird species.

Are We Golden?

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In this lesson students explore the Fibonacci Number Sequence and the Golden Ratio and how they relate to the world around us. Students will discover how the Golden Ratio exists in the human body and how we have more in common than we think due to the proportions that exist in our body structure. This lesson is designed to pair with What is Beauty? as a Math/Science/Art Interdisciplinary Lesson.

Caffeine Crush

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Students explore their pulse at 5 seconds, 15 seconds, and 60 seconds and attempts to answer the question of whether caffeine affects the heart rate. With freedom to represent their data, students produce a wide range of products.

Love is in the Air PSA

love_is_in_the_airInterdisciplinary LessonMini Lesson

This lesson is designed to be used as a school-wide thematic unit or by individual content areas. Students engage in a specific topic related to love and create a poster or other Public Service Announcement (PSA) to tell the story of love within that topic

Developing a Nation: Graphical Analysis

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In this lesson students practice graphing skills as they explore the significant economic and developmental growth of China and India in recent years. Students will make a series of line graphs to better analyze changes in the demographic strategies and transitions made by both countries. This is lesson will assist any science class in practicing the process skill of graphical analysis.

Raising the Bar

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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 […]

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.

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