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.



Students will investigate the water cycle and how water flows through ecosystems. Students will use statistical analysis and mathematical reasoning to develop models that can determine the factors that contribute to a tree’s influence on matter and energy cycles within an ecosystem. Students will apply this knowledge to real life data sets to make predictions about how drought conditions may affect trees and the cycles they influence.

Acknowledgement: This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIA-1301789.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.



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.

Southern Great Plains

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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.
This lesson is intended to give students an understanding of how the relationship between agricultural practice and climate variability is cyclic. Humans can impact the climate in a positive way through sustainable practices. It is suggested to complete this lesson fully in order to help students appreciate the positive roles of agricultural practice and human impact on climate variability. This lesson is not intended to give students’ concrete concepts/ideas or even cause/effect relationships but rather encourage them to think about existing data on climate and greenhouse gases, current agricultural practices, and the relationships these have with each other and how this may impact student lives.

By the end of this lesson students will be able to discuss the relationship between agriculture and climatology. They will use data to determine drought status of the Southern Great Plains and they will investigate how various greenhouse gases impact temperature by analyzing and graphing data collected through a simulation activity. Students apply knowledge from the lesson to make mitigation decisions for 400 acres of land located in the Southern Great Plains.

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

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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.

Dragon Delivery

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Students will model Mendel’s Law of Segregation and Independent Assortment using Popsicle sticks to represent diploid autosomes and sex chromosomes. By the end of this lesson students will produce unique paper baby dragons.

Genetics – “Innocent at Birth?”

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Students will explore the concept of genetically modified organisms (GMO) such as agricultural crops and animals. Students will research the pros and cons of GMOs and discuss the ethics involved in creating a GMO. Students will utilize the information to define a GMO and conduct a mock trial to debate the ethics of GMO’s.

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.

Science Literacy – “Energy Crisis”


Students will research, present, and analyze the pros and cons of various forms of alternative energy.

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 Charged Up

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In this authentic inquiry based lesson students will be able to explain the fundamental concepts involved in electrostatics such as: charge, friction, conservation of charge, Law of Attraction and Coulomb’s Law.

All Shook Up

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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

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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

Planting Fuel: Photosynthesis


In this lesson students will analyze the process of energy transfer that occurs between sunlight and plants as they explore the process of photosynthesis. Students will design experiments to determine whether a bean plant will grow in the dark. Data collected from the experiments will later be utilized to assist students in understanding how plants can be utilized to harvest bioenergy.

Separation Anxiety


Safe drinking water is essential for human survival and the purification processes associated with making various waters safe for human consumption may seem complex. In this lesson, students will analyze those processes of water purification and its connection to basic chemistry principles, such as physical and chemical changes.

Species and Their Feces


The nitrogen cycle works to replenish nitrogen in ecosystems and it depends on several processes including the elimination of waste by organisms. In this lesson students will explore the components and processes of the nitrogen cycle and it’s relevance to living things.

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 […]

Painting Oklahoma

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This lesson looks at the effects of atmospheric conditions in landscape painting. We will be looking at components of aerial perspective as it applies to impressionist landscapes.

Why Do Oil and Water Not Mix


In this lesson, students will explore the polarity of water and how this characteristic applies to the formation of cell membranes. Please rate and comment on the lesson once you’ve done it in your classroom! Thanks!

Scientific Research

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This lesson allows students to play the role of U.S. Senators who determine if research for biofuel should be funded. Students read through ScienceDaily news articles to obtain background information on current biofuel research. Allow students to fully engage in this lesson through debates and presentations. Students can also use the information they gain through this lesson to write a letter to their State Representative or Senator.

Cool It

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What would happen to the sea life if the temperature of the ocean were just five degrees different? Have you ever wondered why the ocean temperature is so constant?

The Bubble Lab


In this lab students can explore concepts about the scientific method, experimental design, variables, and controls, while blowing bubbles.

Once Upon an Experiment

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This teacher resource will explore how to teach students to articulate the experimental design process, used in Math and Science, through writing.

Environmental Engineering: Part 1


Students may not realize it, but many of their daily activities are impacted by environmental engineers. Through this lesson students discover how tiny micro organisms impact waste management. Students get to conduct a cyber scavenger hunt to learn about environmental engineering and bioreactor landfills. At the conclusion of this lessons students get to design a bioreactor landfill and assume the role of modern day scientists.

Environmental Engineering: Part 2


In this lesson students will be asked to examine an environmental problem, the lack of space for landfill development. They will then play the role of current scientists who are trying to develop solutions for this environmental problem. Students will examine the role science plays in solving the issue of waste disposal in landfills. Students get to conduct a cyber scavenger hunt to learn about environmental engineering and bioreactor landfills. They will employ the scientific method, research skills, and learn about microorganisms and the processes they use to breakdown waste.

Water Cycle, Watersheds, & Water Purification


In this lab students have the opportunity to invent a water purification structure using common household/classroom items.Throughout this lesson students can gain information pertaining to the water cycle and how water filters through ecosystems on its way to rivers and lakes. Student handout 3 encourages students to practice note taking skills by using a skeleton outline as they explore an interactive website.The concept of water purification and water cycles take concrete form for students as they explore the activities in this lesson.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


In this lab students can participate in an activity which encourages them to reuse and recycle materials that might end up contributing to a landfill. Students can practice team work while inventing new, usable products from trash. This lesson allows students to practice PASS skills corresponding to Biology I and can be utilized as more experience for students re-taking the Biology EoI. The extension activity for this lesson allows students to discuss and develop a conservation plan for their school or community.

Microbes & Manure = Biofuel


Students have the opportunity to design their own experiments with the burping bottles as they try to increase the rate at which the microbes produce methane gas. Exploring the sites and sounds of the burping bottles allows for a teachable moment about aerobic and anerobic respiration while practicing process skills associated with Biology I.

The Gummy Bear Lab


This lab is inexpensive to conduct but allows for great rewards in student learning and understanding of diffusion, osmosis, hypertonic, hypotonic, and isotonic solutions.

Energy Water Bucket Brigade


This is a lab in which teachers and students discover how energy is transfered in ecosystems. Terms associated with ecosystems,such as food chain, food web, and trophic levels, are introduced through a teacher lead discussion with students. Through this lab students and teachers can discuss how energy flows through ecosystems in one direction from photosynthetic organisms to herbivores, to carnivores, and decomposers.

Animal Behavior


Through this lesson students can observe animal behaviors by observing earthworm responses to light, odor, temperature, and moisture.

The Fingerprint Lab


Are fingerprints really one of a kind? Students have the opportunity to investigate this question as they look at their own fingerprints. Students will practice classification skills as they organize and group fingerprints according to the characteristics they express. Through an extension activity students have the opportunity to look at the similarities between the skills […]

DNA: Cystic Fibrosis


Students will use DNA processes such as replication, transcription and translation to study the differences between healthy individuals and those with a genetic disorder. Students will apply this knowledge to the inheritance of traits through the use of Punnett Squares.

Hot Mama

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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.

Genetics Lab


This lesson is designed so teachers and students can explore the concepts of dominant and recessive traits. This lesson focuses on students exploring the trait of eye color.

A Heated Debate

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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.

Oil: Abundant, Dependable, Ready

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In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will consider previous knowledge of the environment and the effects of the combustion of fossil fuels. Utilizing media from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, students will explore the effects of fossil fuels in the national and statewide economy.

Biology 1 Breakdown


The goal of the Biology 1 Breakdown is to provide a guideline for using K20alt lessons to meet Oklahoma PASS objective Standards. Since K20alt does not provide a full curriculum for Biology I, this document will examine each PASS standard and explain the specific items, which are covered by K20alt lessons. We will also explore alternative options for covering the remaining item specifications. This is the first document in a series of six, which will attempt to provide educators with the tools they need to cover the Biology I Content Standards.

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

Here you have the opportunity to download lessons and resources that are still "works in progress". Teachers have the opportunity to use the lesson as it exists, or they can choose to join the lesson group to collaborate on how to improve, expand, and adapt the lesson plan.

Proteins & Pro-Teens


In this lesson students will learn about cell organelles as they explore an analogy between their school and a cell. Students also examine the important roles that proteins play in the cell and make connections to their future roles in society. The lesson culminates with students completing DNAs (Diploma Navigation Agendas) to create a plan for success in high school.

Sex Cells

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In this lesson students will analyze statistics associated with teen pregnancy, while learning about meiosis and practicing inequality equations.

Take Your Peck


In this lesson, students analyze the mechanisms of natural selection through a simulation activity where they represent birds of varying beak styles. Mate selection continues to be explored in the extension to this lesson as students generate positive trait lists for 21st century dating.

Buck Up

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In this lesson, students analyze population dynamics in an entertaining activity that models the mechanisms of carrying capacity and limiting factors in a population. Utilize slope to take the population analysis to the next level. Learn to make math meaningful and enjoyable through the context of science.

Climbing the Ladder of Life


A study of Watson and Crick’s proposal for the structure of DNA.

Peas in a Pod


An analytical study of Gregor Mendel’s pea plant experiments.

The Voyage of Observation


An analytical study of observations made by Charles Darwin during the Voyage of the Beagle.

EOI Musical Chairs


Through this activity students have the opportunity to practice Biology I End of Instruction sample questions, while rotating through desks or chairs. The assessments associated with the EoI Musical Chairs lesson will allow a teacher to gain feedback concerning concepts in Biology I that students may be weak in before they take the test.

Measuring Up


A collaborative look at units of measurement and measuring standards.

EOI Jeopardy


Can competition really be a good way for students to review for the EOI. We think so! Check out EOI Jeopardy.

K20alt QuickTutor


How do we reinforce important content without “reteaching” the entire semester’s curriculum? QuickTutor will provide great reinforcement ideas in Algebra 1, Biology 1, English, and Social Studies.

Marine Ecosystems


This group is developing a lesson focused on the research of Dr. Wawrik. His team is doing research on the marine ecosystem in the Chesapeake Bay, specifically related to the Nitrogen Cycle.