Lesson Plans

About IBL Institute Provided Lesson Plans: 

What sets the IBL Institute's lesson plans apart from other educational providers? Our lesson plans mold inquiry into the traditional classroom setting, allowing for an easy transition and implementation of inquiry. 

We are passionate about getting inquiry-based learning implemented in the classroom, so we are providing these lessons as a free download for users who complete the New Contact webform. As an additional service, you will receive special offers for our up-coming workshops that provide greater insight into the inquiry process. 

See below for our list of lesson plans available for download: 

 

Water Quality Assessments Using Ceriodaphnia dubia

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students discover information about a species of water flea, Ceriodaphnia dubia, and their habitat. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities to culture Ceriodaphnia dubia and set up an experiment to answer a comparative question regarding reproduction under various environmental conditions. The project will link IBL with the biology involved in evolution and how species adapt. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process. The experiment contained within this lesson allows students to understand toxicity levels in their own water samples, using techniques that would be used in a real laboratory setting. Each student will have practice with the scientific process, including interpreting and documenting data.      

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Estimating Biological Populations

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about the Petersen-Lincoln estimator formula. Students will be engaged in a hands-on activity and perform an experiment to answer a comparative question regarding the fish population of two different bodies of water.  Finally, the project will link IBL with the application of the formula by biologists and ecologists and the factors they must take into account when implementing it. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Exploring Living Things in Ecosystems

About this lesson plan:

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about how ecosystems support living organisms. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities to answer a comparative question regarding: will different living organisms be more likely to be located on a mountain or in a valley? They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the needs of the class. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Exploring Correlations With Our Environment

About this lesson plan:

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about precipitation, temperature, and humidity, as well as how a local animal species reacts to these types of weather.  Students will be engaged in hands-on activities to collect data and set-up a scatter plot to answer a comparative question regarding the different types of weather.  They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the class needs.  More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process. 

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Planting Seeds

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about plants and what they need to survive. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities that involve taking care of plants to answer a comparative question regarding what helps plants grow the best. They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the class needs. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Melting Ice Balloons

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about changes in states of matter. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities that involve melting ice to answer a comparative question regarding what materials speed up the melting process of water. Students will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the needs of the class. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Exploring Bridge Formations​

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about different bridge formations. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities to build their own bridges to answer a comparative question regarding which bridge formations are able to support the most weight. They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the class needs. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Rummaging Through Rocks​

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about different types of rocks. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities that involve collecting and sorting rocks. They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the needs of the class. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Simple Shadows

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about light and shadows. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities that involve investigating light and the way shadows are made. They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the needs of the class. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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Exploring the Aftermath of Oil Spills

About this lesson plan: 

This is an inquiry-based learning lesson in which students learn about the negative effects oil spills have on the ecosystem and discover some of the challenges that occur when cleaning up an oil spill. They will analyze their findings and present to the class. The project will link IBL with traditional teaching by giving teachers options to best suit the class needs. More questions will emerge to continue scientific investigations and further the learning process.

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