Lesson plan guidelines



  1. Example: See the example above for guidance on form and content.
  2. Readings for students:
    1. Length: Each reading is ~400 words or less
    2. Choose 2 specific research papers that relate to the lesson topics chosen by the teacher and 1 specific research paper that relates to a topic of your choice, but is still related to the teacher's general field
    3. Identify an interesting aspect of the paper
    4. In a few brief paragraphs, using language appropriate for your target grade level (please contact the teacher if you are unsure what is appropriate) explain the concept and its importance to your research field
    5. You are encouraged to include figures and, if your activity involves data analysis, tables listing the relevant data
    6. If you already have ideas for demos, experiments, hands-on activities, labs, or data analysis questions that relate to your piece please include a short summary or web link to them
    7. For the paper of your choosing - if you are familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards and/or the Common Core Standards feel free to link your piece to relevant standards.  If you are not familiar with them, don’t worry about it. We’ll be working on this part of the piece during the workshop!
  3. Formatting guidelines:
    1. At the top of your document please include:
      1. Name: Your first and last name
      2. Topic: The science topic(s) of your piece
      3. Grade: The grade level of your intended audience (eg elementary, middle school, high school)
      4. Classes: What classes you think your piece could be adapted for?
        1. For example, elementary science, middle school science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, statistics.
        2. When thinking about math classes, even if you are writing a science focused piece, think about whether your work has a data analysis component that could be used in a math classes
  4. Submission: Attendees will be asked to submit their pieces to a shared Google Drive folder, specific instructions will be sent by email