Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans & Activities


Climate change graphics pages/student activities were developed to enhance observation and interpretation skills of scientific figures, graphs and maps in science, math or geography classrooms using a climate theme.


Photo: Coastal RootsCoastal Roots

Students from 4th grade through high school in south Louisiana are taking part in this project by establishing nurseries at their schools. Students are growing native restoration seedlings that they will plant in the fall in a coastal wetland restoration project in south Louisiana.


Education on the HalfshellOysters

Education on the Halfshell lessons use oysters to teach biological concepts. Lessons include background information, blackline masters, alternative assessments, answer keys, extension ideas, resources and web links, correlations to the Louisiana and the National Science Education Standards.


Estuary Live LouisianaProjects-Estuary-Live

Estuary Live! is an interactive virtual field trip accessible via the internet for classrooms and individuals around the country. Students and individuals have the opportunity to participate by submitting online questions for scientists and other experts.


Magnificent Manatees of the Gulf CoastPhoto credit: USFWS, Endangered Species, Manatee photo.

Did you know that manatees have been spotted in Louisiana? Manatees have been found in many waterways in south Louisiana including the Amite River and Lake Calcasieu. Get information about these animals, instructions on how to construct a life-size manatee, and a classroom activity on manatee sightings in Louisiana.


Native Fish in the ClassroomProjects-Native-Fish

Native Fish in the Classroom is a multi-disciplinary classroom-based project for intermediate and middle school students. Classes involved in this project will rear paddlefish from eggs to fingerlings during the spring semester. The fingerlings will be returned to state personnel for tagging and release.


Oil Spill

Louisiana informal educators responded to the DWH oil spill by coming together to establish teacher needs for teaching several different aspects of the spill. Educators developed several lessons for teachers, conducted workshops and sponsored video conferences to help communicate the science of the spill.


Photo: Scope on a RopeSeaScope Activity Folios

SeaScope activity folios are written by teachers for teachers. They use the video microscope nicknamed “Scope-On-A-Rope” in science lessons on aquatic organisms.