Lesson Plans

Below are descriptions of lesson plans created by schools, educators, museums, state and federal parks, and other educational organizations.

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  • Do We Have a Healthy School with All This Litter?

    In this lesson, students clean up litter from their school grounds and then conduct a microscopic study of the litter to identify what kind of organisms are growing in it. They also discover the types of health problems that can occur as a result of such organisms and as a result of litter in general.

  • Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education: Teaching Activities

    These activities are related to digitized documents from the National Archives relating to Brown v. Board of Education.

  • Dr. Michael L. Parks, MD

    The student will study various forms of drawing including medical illustration.   The student will draw from life.

  • Dr. Michael L. Parks, MD

    The student will investigate the history of African American in medicine and create a graphic organizer.

  • E2's Energy Games & Icebreakers

    "E2's Energy Games" contains quick games to introduce and reinforce energy concepts and information. These games will energize your students to learn about energy. The games can be used in the classroom by students to teach younger students about energy or to showcase energy issues.


  • Early American Activities

    GOAL:To give students the opportunity to relate how early settlers used the knowledge of their ancestors to make some of the necessities needed for survival in the early South Carolina frontier.

  • Earthquakes in SC

    A lesson plan using an article from the Sandlapper Magazine about Earthquakes in the state.

  • Economics in the Geography of South Carolina

    Students will be introduced to, or given the opportunity to review, several basic economic concepts through the use of various thematic content maps and discussion questions.

  • Effect of Temperature on an Oyster's Heart Rate

    Students investigate the effect of water temperature on the metabolic rate of a cold blooded invertebrate, the oyster.

  • Emanuel A.M.E. Church: Resistance to Slavery

    This unit focuses on resistance to slavery. Social Studies and literacy skills of comparison and analysis are used. The historical connection of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church is used as a case study for understanding the impact that slavery had on African communities and the Americas. These instructional plans are tied to literacy skills and encourage creativity and collaboration, all components of the South Carolina Graduate.

  • Emanuel AME’s Voices

    This lesson focuses on cause and effect and the evaluation of multiple points of view or biases that create the perspectives and influences of individual experiences, societal values, and cultural traditions. The purpose of this lesson is to complete study the events of the Emanuel AME shooting of 2015 and its impact. Students will create a poem in two voices to share perspectives.

  • Endangered, Threatened, or Extinct Mollusks

    Students will learn: 1) what endangered, threatened, and extinct means; 2) what mollusks in your area are endangered or threatened and what mollusks have become extinct; 3) why mollusks become endangered, threatened, or extinct; and 4) what we can do to help them.

  • Energy 2 Learn

    Produced for pre-kindergarten through third grade students. This fun book uses coloring pages, word jumbles, and other simple games to teach students about energy.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL CLUBS: A Guide for South Carolina Schools

    "Environmental Clubs: A Guide for South Carolina Schools," developed by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling offers suggestions and project ideas for teachers and students.

  • Environmental Outreach Activity Book

    An activity and coloring book about environmental issues, including air quality, composting, water quality, and recycling.

  • Environmental Regulation and Private Property in Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council

    In this lesson, students will examine Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council and learn about regulatory takings.  Students will then participate in small group simulations of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council and explore a local issue related to the Lucas case.  Teachers may also choose to team up with a science teacher to further study the environmental issues facing coastlines.  


  • Establishing a Colony

    This is a lesson plan from The Powder House, South Carolina's oldest public building.1. The student will, while working with a group, establish five major requirements for a successful colony and display them in a graphic organizer. 2. The student will, with his/her group, create a poster illustrating their five major components and a basic layout of the colony.

  • Estimating Loggerhead Hatchling Gender Ratios

    Sea turtles, like many reptiles, exhibit a form of environmental sex determination called temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). This means that the temperature inside the nest during a critical period of incubation determines the gender of the young. In sea turtle species, all of which exhibit TSD, warmer nest temperatures produce females and cooler nests give rise to males.

  • Expansion Across Regions

    This lesson will introduce the regions of the United States according to the United States Landform Regions in the South Carolina: an Atlas. After a brief introduction to the regions, we will discuss the westward expansion that occurred in 1775-1785. This lesson will teach students the motives for westward expansion, the contributions of Daniel Boone, and the hardships the settler moving westward faced.

  • Exploring first-person female narratives related to Sherman's march to the sea

    This lesson plan uses first-person narratives from the Documenting the American South collection to demonstrate differences in perspective related to historical events, in this case, Sherman's march to the sea. It encourages students to compare the views of two southern ladies with that of a Union soldier.