All Lesson Plans

How Local Environments Influence Writing Style

Students will be able to identify and show ways that local landscapes influence writing.

How Long is Too Long?

This lesson allows students to see how long it takes for trash and litter to decompose. In this activity, students investigate which forms of garbage decompose best.

How much was Pirate Treasure Really Worth?

Students will be able to set up and solve proportionality problems using currency exchange rates for various types of pirate treasure.

How Thick Are the Coastal Plain Sediments in South Carolina?

Students will be able to use mathematical modeling techniques to analyze subsurface slope.

How Trashy I’d Be to Litter!

In this activity, students discover their responsibility for keeping the environment clean and propose two ways to decrease litter. Students are escorted to littered areas to pick up the trash. They then describe and classify the items of litter they have collected and create litter collages.

Hummingbirds and Flowers: A Study of Co-Adaptive Relationships

To present the concept of co-adaptation, students will be introduced to hummingbirds (in general) and the adaptations they have developed over time for acquiring nectar from flowering plants. The students will also be introduced to the adaptations developed over time by flower plants to attract pollinators in general and hummingbirds in particular. Using the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)/trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) co-adaptation example, students will explain how this flowering plant has adapted to feed on this flower’s nectar. Finally, the students will also be able to identify the type of flowers that can be planted in a garden that will attract hummingbirds and why these flowers in particular might be visited by a hummingbird.

Important Rocks of South Carolina

Students will be able to identify hand samples of important South Carolina rocks.

In a Bind!

This lesson actively engages students in order to increase their awareness not only of pollution and littering but also of ways that human beings can influence the survival of a species.

Industrial Pollution!

Students are taken on a field trip to an industrial plant to see firsthand how plant operators handle the pollution generated by their plants. Prior to the visit, students prepare questions for plant administrators regarding industrial pollution. After their visit, students share what they learned by giving oral presentations and making posters to distribute throughout their school. 

Introduction to Adult Insects and Their Adaptations

Students will be introduced to organisms found in Class Insecta and the different adaptations these organisms have developed over time to survive and prosper in their respective habitats. They will also learn the origin of the names of several orders within Class Insecta and be able to identify the key physical characteristics that separate one order from another. The students will then split into two teams, observe and then collect insects from different habitats, and identify the insects in order using a dichotomous key (provided). Finally, the students will make frequency histograms showing the make-up of insects they found in each of the habitats the teams sampled. The students will discuss the difference in insect make-up in the different habitats sampled by all the teams and any insect adaptations they may have observed.