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Science Lesson Plans California Academy of Sciences

found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Science Lesson Plans from the California Academy of Sciences include short activities and full-period lesson plans in four languages for PreK-12. Keyword search; filter by grade, language, and subject or browse under subject area or grade range. Lessons and additional resources can be downloaded as PDFs. NGSS, California State, and Common Core Standards are listed.

Protect the Primates Students (2-4) explore how changes in environment affect the survival of organisms in an ecosystem. They suggest actions to help protect primates. The lesson links PDFs of the lesson, primate cards, and a Rainforest Action Hero handout.

A Science Notebook Story: Investigating Compost In this unit, students (4-8) explore compost and how different objects change over time. The lesson links to PDFS of the lesson, a template for weekly observations, and a template for analyzing data.

Patterns: Agriculture + Human Population Growth  Students (6-12) trace patterns of agricultural expansion as they relate to climate and geography and locate the expansion on a map or timeline. The lesson links a PDF of the lesson plan and to brief video clips from Habitat Earth.

An Illumination Investigation Students (6-12) use a digital light sensor to analyze illumination in a space and design energy-efficient solutions to improper illumination. The lesson links to PDFs of a recommended light levels handout, student worksheet, and warm-up slides.


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