All Lesson Plans

Brown versus Board of Education: Rhetoric and realities

In this lesson, students will listen to three oral histories that shed light on political and personal reactions toward the 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown versus Board of Education. Though the ruling itself is not mentioned, words like “integration” and “forced busing” refer to the social outcomes as perceived by the speakers.

Build a Glider

Focus Question: How do you construct a glider that achieves neutral buoyancy in both fresh and salt water? Objectives: Students will: 1. Discuss content in relation to the need for neutral buoyancy for oceanic deployment of instrumentation such as a glider. 2. Design and construct a glider which is neutrally buoyant in fresh water. 3. Make necessary adjustments to enable the glider to remain neutrally buoyant in salt water 4. Understand some of the frustrations that research scientist face when testing their instruments.

Build Your Own Buoy

Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) is a floating platform with capacity to carry a suite of environmental sensors. BOBs can be moored to the ocean bottom in sheltered places with very small waves or to a dock in quiet waters. 

Byrnes Legacy

A lesson plan using an article from the Sandlapper Magazine about James Francis Byrnes and the Byrnes Scholar program.

Calculating Loggerhead Hatchling Success Rates

Measuring the success of sea turtle nests and hatchlings is essential to monitoring the health of a local sea turtle population. The data can be used to develop information such as effectiveness of the management program, individual female reproductive health, estimates of future adult populations, and effects of weather phenomena (i.e. hurricanes, El Niño-Southern Oscillation events).

Call-and-Response in the African-American Spiritual

Activities related to call-and-response in songs: "Got On My Travelin’ Shoes," "Jonah," "Eli, Eli (Somebody Call Eli)."

Camouflage This!

The students will: • Identify coastal animals that use camouflage for protection from predators. • Recreate camouflage patterns

Can you dig it?

Action for a cleaner tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement is an activity-based interdisciplinary curriculum supplement that can serve as a starting place for introducing basic environmental education in the classroom. In this lesson, students will: learn the basics of composting; understand how composting reduces the amount of waste a household generates; and learn the basics of soil construction.

Capsule of South Carolina

This activity will help students understand what an artifact is and think about South Carolina (or relevant time period/culture) through artifacts. 

Carbon in the Column

Focus Question: How can we count the number of plankton in the water column? Objectives: The student will be able to: 1. Count a sample of plankton on a microscope slide. 2. Identify available plankton on a prepared slide by utilizing an available reference key. 3. Extrapolate a population study of plankton from a limited count of specific plankton utilizing a grid counting mechanism. "