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K-12 Teacher Resources

From the Alternative Field Study Committee

Our mission is to provide high-quality, accessible science education resources that are designed to support all variations of student learning and adapted to meet the current constraints imposed upon our educators by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each lesson plan includes 3 resources



The pre-lesson orients the learner to main concepts through a story, educational video, powerpoint, or other activity.


The lesson engages the learner while continuing to follow NGSS and Common Core standards.


The post-lesson serves as a homework assignment or cool-down activity to wrap up student learning and assist in measuring student comprehension.

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Great Basin Institute

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Great Basin Outdoor School


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Lesson Plans Offered

Below you will find descriptions of each lesson we are currently offering arranged by grade level. If you are interested in requesting one or more of these lesson plans, please fill out the brief survey at the bottom of the page and the resources will be shared with you.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Haley Grable at


Elementary School

Out of This World: Lunar Phases

For grades K-2.

NGSS 1-ESS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, & 1-PS4-2.

Created by Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.


For grades 3-5.

NGSS 1-LS3-1 & 3-LS1-1.

Created by Great Basin Institute.

Water Quality Assessment

For grades 3-5.


Created by Great Basin Institute.

Middle School


Snow Science Series - Albedo and the Global Ice Pack

For grades 4-8.

NGSS MS-PS3-4 & MS-ESS2-2.

Created by Great Basin Institute.

Snow Science Series - Winter Adaptations

For grades 4-8.


Created by Great Basin Institute.

Snow Science Series - Climate Change Activism

For grades 4-8.


Created by Great Basin Institute.

Snow Science Series - Snow and Ice 

For grades 4-8.

NGSS MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-4, MS-PS3-4, MS-ESS2-5.

Created by Great Basin Institute.

Snow Science Series - Snowflakes     

For grades 4-8.

NGSS MS-PS1-1 & MS-ESS2-5.

Created by Great Basin Institute.

Animal Migrations

For grades 6-8.

NGSS MS-LS2-2, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS1-5, MS-ESS3-3.

Created by Great Basin Institute.

High School

For grades 9-12.

NGSS HS-ESS2-2 & HS-LS2-7.

Created by Great Basin Institute.

Understanding Our Watershed

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Choose your lesson plans:

Interested? Request access to one or more of the above lessons by submitting the resource request form. Upon submission, we will contact you with program resources and additional information.

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