Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about composting and its benefits to Mother Earth.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students brainstorm answers to the question “What do plants need to stay healthy?” and watch a video to learn about composting.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students choose from a group of assorted items to determine whether the items belong in the compost, recycle, or waste bins.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students listen to a read aloud of the book Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth and create compost in a two-liter bottle.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Biology,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Students discover and explore the variety of natural fabrics found in our clothes.


Inquire: Students explore different natural fabrics with hands-on center activities.


Investigate: Students learn about natural fabrics made from silk, cotton, and wool.


Inspire: Students learn about the positive and negative aspects of producing and using natural fabrics and explore the concept of reusing.
Grade k-2
Subject Science,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Students explore their shoes' size and purpose and learn about the positive and negative aspects of synthetic fabrics.


Inquire: Students draw and label their favorite pair of shoes, focusing on the purpose of the shoes’ materials.


Investigate: Students explore how a shoe’s size impacts its use by measuring and comparing their shoe size to their classmates’ shoe size.


Inspire: Students learn about the positive and negative aspects of synthetic fabrics in shoes and make a pledge to take care of their shoes.

Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts,Mathematics
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students explore the work of engineers, learn about wind energy, and create a model of a windmill.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn what engineers do through an engineering challenge and activate background knowledge about energy.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn how William Kamkwamba engineered wind energy to help his community in Malawi and investigate how wind can be transformed into energy that we can use in our homes.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students experiment with shape and form to create a model of a windmill.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,Social Studies,Visual and Performing Arts,Engineering
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Centers/Stations
In this activity, students will count and compare sets of objects from nature after participating in a nature walk. 
Grade k-2
Subject Mathematics
Resource Type Centers/Stations

Worksheets
Students will use these worksheets to practice isolating and identifying initial sounds in compost-themed words. This activity can serve as a companion to a unit of study on the process and positive impacts of composting.
Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Worksheets

Worksheets
Students will use these worksheets to segment and count syllables in compost-themed words.
Grade k-2
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Worksheets

Centers/Stations
In this activity, students measure, compare, and order objects found in nature.
Grade k-2
Subject Mathematics
Resource Type Centers/Stations

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Lesson Plan
In this reading comprehension lesson, students participate in activities to understand that the Earth’s location and orbit influence its features.


Inquire: Student prior knowledge is activated through modeling and questioning about the Earth and space.

Investigate: Students learn about our solar system and the patterns that make the Earth special through a video and a read aloud.

Inspire: Students go outside to explore and appreciate what makes Earth special, then brainstorm to create an Earth Is Special wall.
Grade k-2
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Students learn about sharing and discuss and write about the importance of Earth’s biodiversity.


Inquire: Students activate prior knowledge with a discussion on sharing.


Investigate: Students discover how resources can be shared equally and unequally in a game.


Inspire: Students take part in a read aloud to discover who and what shares Earth, then brainstorm ways to share Earth responsibly with those around them.

Grade k-2
Subject Science,English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan