Lesson Plans

Browse lesson plans that will walk you step-by-step through a focused lesson. Some lesson plans can be used with any Natural Inquirer or Investi-gator article while others are paired with a particular publication. Search by grade band, duration, and topic.

  • PDF Preview of the Question Cube Lesson Plan
    Students work together to answer questions about an article generated by rolling the question cube. This lesson plan can be…

    Lesson Plan – Question Cube

  • PDF Preview of the I Could Be Happy... Lesson Plan
    In this lesson plan, students learn about what led scientists to their careers, then think about activities they like that…

    Lesson Plan – I Could Be Happy All Day Doing…

  • PDF Preview of the Stealing Bundles Lesson Plan
    “Stealing Bundles” introduces students to a diversity of natural resource science and engineering careers in the Forest Service, as well…

    Lesson Plan – Stealing Bundles

  • PDF Preview of the Make A Scientist or Engineer Card Lesson Plan
    This activity enables students to learn more about USDA Forest Service scientists and helps students imagine their own potential future…

    Lesson Plan – Make A Scientist or Engineer Card

  • PDF Preview of the Make a Course Catalog Lesson Plan
    In this lesson, students learn about a university course catalog, then pick out classes that support a particular science and…

    Lesson Plan – Make A Course Catalog

  • PDF Preview of the Go Fish Lesson Plan
    Students will play a version of Go Fish! with the NI scientist and engineer cards, forming sets of 4 scientists…

    Lesson Plan – Go Fish!

  • PDF Preview of the Career Study Lesson Plan
    In this activity, students read the cards and present the information to their classmates. After learning about a number of…

    Lesson Plan – Career Study

  • PDF preview of Everybody Makes Mistakes Lesson Plan.
    In this lesson, students learn about mistakes and the importance of acknowledging and correcting those mistakes. This lesson plan is…

    Lesson Plan – Everybody Makes Mistakes

  • PDF Preview of Lesson Plan - Main Ideas from the Investi-gator (Northern Research Station)
    Introduce the scientific process, as expressed in scientific writing, to your students. This lesson plan will walk you through how…

    Lesson Plan – Main Ideas

  • Write A Scientist Lesson Plan PDF preview.
    In this lesson plan, students will read a Natural Inquirer article and write a letter to the scientist, asking for…

    Write A Scientist