ITA Lesson Planning & Resources
Creating a consistently creative, stimulating classroom is a challenge for teachers of all grade levels. With time to plan and to design effective lesson plans always a premium, ITA is striving to save its members time by providing a number of resources for lesson plans, most already tried and true. First, though, read the article below that offers tips on how teachers can be more effective with their instructional time.
Note: If you’d like to contribute other resources or lesson plans of your own – please do as they are welcomed! Simply email us your information and/or plans at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Lesson Planning Procedures – an article offering tips on how teachers can be more effective by systematically and carefully planning for the productive use of instructional time.
Sample Lesson Plan - Here's a sample of a lesson plan that you can use for your own planning purposes.
Lesson Plan Resources
American Museum of Natural History Education Resources - With age-appropriate content in archaeology, astronomy, bio diversity, genetics, marine biology, paleontology, and physical science, Science learning is made rich and engaging.
Center for Disease Control Science Ambassador Program Lesson Plans - The Center for Disease Control’s Science Ambassador offers lesson plans on issues related to birth defects: fetal alcohol syndrome, hearing loss, vitamins, folic acid, cystic fibrosis, chromosome abnormalities, the bio ethics of genetic screening, epidemiology, graphing & analyzing health data, graphing gastroschisis, genes & diseases, muscular dystrophy & pedigree charts, spina bifida, surveillance of population trends, pyloric stenosis, and accutane.
Cybersmart Education Company Cybersmart! Education Company provides free curriculum for America’s school children. It is dedicated to teaching secure, responsible and effective Internet and computer use. These lesson plans focus on Internet safety, manners, advertising, research, and communications.
Economic Adventure Especially for Teachers Lesson Plans - Offers several different lesson plans designed to engage the public in understanding the phenomenon of economic growth, how it occurs, and why it is important .Provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's New England Economic Adventure.
Environmental Literacy Council - Designed to help you find the resources you need and to connect you with teachers around the country to enable you to share ideas and expertise.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - More than 30 federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE web site. New teaching and learning resources from Federal agencies are added each month. See resources by subject at http://www.free.ed.gov/sitemap.cfm.
FunLessonPlans - Preschool lesson plans and kindergarten themes for daycare, kindergarten, home school or home activities.
Gateway to Educational Materials - Offers more than 40,000 lessons and instructional resources from more than 400 organizations. GEM is made possible by the federally supported GEM Consortium, a group of non-federal organizations and federal agencies.
Learning to Give Lesson Plans - Learning to Give’s K-12 lesson plans contain both academic content about philanthropy and skill development activities that engage students in giving and serving in their classrooms, schools and communities.
The Lesson Plans Page - The Lesson Plans Page is a collection of over 2,500 lesson plans, primarily at the elementary level, that were developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students, and faculty at The University of Missouri. More recent lesson plans were submitted by the users of this web site. Teachers get lesson plans that are ready to use in their classrooms.
The Lesson Plans Search Engine - A searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects.
NASA Engineering Design Challenge - Space-flown basil seeds are still available for lunar plant growth chamber design challenge. Lunar plant growth chamber has positively impacted educators and students nationally. Currently over 1,000,000 students are involved! Plenty of space-flown seeds are still available. To register for the Challenge and receive seeds, visit at http://www.nasa.gov/education/plantchallenge. Visit the Web site frequently to find new feature stories about schools participating in the Challenge.
NASA Science Files Lesson Plans - NASA’s SciFiles provide activities and worksheets for a variety of topics.
The National Geographic Expeditions Lesson Plans - The lesson plans on this site were written by educators and have been tested in the classroom. Together, they address all of the U.S. National Geography Standards, the five geography skills, and the main geographic perspectives.
National Science Foundation Classroom Resources - A diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers (K-12 and higher education), their students, and students’ families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
The New York Times On the Web Learning Network - Contains hundreds of free lesson plans for most subject areas in grades 6-12 provided by the New York Times Learning Network.
NOAA's Ocean Explorer Lesson Plans - This section provides direct access to 165 lesson plans developed by scientists and educators during the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 NOAA Ocean Explorer field seasons. These lessons are geared toward students in Grades 5-12.
PBS' Teachersource - Offers over 3000 lesson plans to access for free.
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies - Smithsonian lesson plans emphasize inquiry-based learning using primary sources and museum collections. Each plan is print-friendly and provides you with all the materials you need—photographs, reproductions, handouts, activities, suggested strategies, standards information, and additional online resources.
TeacherPlanet - TeacherPlanet was created by teachers, for teachers. Assessement rubrics, lesson plan templates, theme units and resources, as well as educational grant and fundrasing ideas for the classroom are offered on this website. And best of all, it's completely free.
World Wise Schools Supports Geography and Global Issues- The World Wise Schools program offers free cross-cultural educational resources online including podcasts, videos, stories, slide shows, and electronic newsletters. Each resource reflects Peace Corps Volunteer experiences overseas and builds in U.S. children a greater understanding of the world around them. Educational materials produced by the program promote cross-cultural understanding, awareness of global issues, and the ethic of community service. They include writings by Peace Corps Volunteers and returned Peace Corps Volunteers, online narrated slide shows, monthly podcasts, a monthly educational electronic newsletter, and award-winning Destination videos. These resources may be found at http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws.