Lesson Plans

Make science come alive through these standards based activities and lessons. Feel free to personalize the downloadable Lab Sheets and Power Points for your needs.

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After doing the Build a Spectrograph and Use your Spectrograph activities your students can use real spectra lines to determine what makes up three mystery stars.


What’s a better way to learn landforms than to create them? Playing with homemade Playdough students will create models to understand the different landforms found in the world and in their cities...

Students will create models to understand watersheds in their area and how they affect the ecosystem. This activity follows the Playdough Landforms activity.

What happens in a watershed stays in a watershed- that’s right we all live downstream. Students learn about some unique plants and animals of the Great Basin and how pollution in a watershed can...

Did you know you can use different types of light to investigate ice? Explore the properties of ice using different wavelengths of light.  

Milky way over Great Basin

Students will learn about natural and artificial forms of light, and how light pollution affects our view of the night sky.  

How does one see in the dark? For bats, visible light isn’t necessary for survival, since they’ve adapted to “see” with their ears! Students will learn about bats, animal adaptations, and...

Star Sizes

How big is our star? How does it compare to other stars in the universe? How enormous can stars be? In this activity students use math and imagination to construct a scaled model of stellar sizes...

How do animals and plants survive on Earth? By utilizing the sun’s energy! In this fun activity students will create a “solar web” to visualize how the sun’s energy is the basis for life on Earth...

GBO image of LRGB

What are stars and constellations? Use marshmallows, toothpicks, and spaghetti to better understand the familiar shapes in our night sky.