SciRes Lessons for Elementary School Students (Grades 3-5)
- Building a model of an aquifer
- How did birds get their beaks?
- Water Resources: Scratching the water’s surface
- Using our water resources wisely
- Texas settlements and water supply
- Representing your watershed through modeling
- Electrical Properties
- Social Media
- Hitting the BIG TIME with Climate Science
SciRes Lessons for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
- The ozone layer, CFC’s and global warming
- Solubility and chemical changes in groundwater
- Water on and below the surface
- Examining your own water usage
- Water resource planning for the future
- What exactly is a watershed?
- Thin Layer Chromatography
SciRes Lessons for High School Students (Grades 9-12)
- Will we ever run out of water in Texas?
- Microbial contaminants in drinking water
- Water: On the surface and in the ground
- Water resources along Texas coastal basins
- Managing Texas water resources for the year 2050
- What constitutes a healthy watershed?
- Non-renewable energy
- Plate Tectonics
UTOPIA Lesson Plans
- Acid Rain (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
- Is Your Water Clean? (Grades 9-12)
- Cave Formation Age Estimation (Grades 6-8; 9-12)
- Cave Field Activities (Grades 6-8; 9-12)
Field Trip Guidebooks
ESI’s Lesson Plan resources come from a variety of sources.
- While participating in the Scientist in Residence Program, Fellows develop numerous inquiry-based lesson plans and field activities that are aligned with Texas state standards (TEKS) and supplemented with scientific data, published teaching materials, and various online resources. Many of these lesson plans were created by Fellows using a “5E” format, and all were reviewed prior to publication here.
- Hot Science – Cool Talks lectures are accompanied by lesson plans developed by UTeach interns.
- Independently funded projects like UTOPIA are other sources of lesson plans.