Lesson Plans

This page contains lesson plans for various subjects and grade levels. Some of these lesson plans were developed as a result of an Idaho Adventure Learning workshop, while others are from external sources. Use the widgets to the right (or at bottom of this page, for smaller devices) to filter the list of lesson plans.


(Boise - Treasure Valley)  We're All In This Together - Intro to Human-Environment Systems Lesson Plan by Chelsea Merriman

Topic: Ecosystem ServicesFile We're All In This Together HES lesson plan.docx
File HES Lesson Plan.docx

Added by: Cindy Busche

Lesson presented by BSU student Chelsea Merriman during the Adventure Learning course at Eagle Island State Park.

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Ecosystem, what is it?

Topic: Ecosystem ServicesMicrosoft Office document icon Ecosystem Services.doc

Added by: Todd Thompson

This lesson plan is meant to introduce drama students to ecosystem services using the tools of monolgue and/or dialogue. 

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  pH levels in water

Topic: Mathematics/Engineering, Water QualityMicrosoft Office document icon Idaho Adventure Learning - pH.doc

Added by: Shannon Erickson

Students will test the pH level of water around the school and create a data display for the class's data.

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Types of Ecosystem Services

Topic: Ecosystem ServicesMicrosoft Office document icon Ecosystem Services.doc

Added by: Dani Wilson

Introductory activtiy into the types of ecosystem services. 

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Nature Haiku

Topic: Other

Added by: Tucker Williams

Essential Question: How can nature inspire my writing?

Overview: Students will connect with nature by taking photos of nature and writing a response to the photos. Lesson will end with two outstanding haiku.

Keywords: haiku, Japan, nature, movement, syllable, poetic device (simile).

Subject: ELA - English Language Arts

Age: 6th grade

Goals: 1) Students connect with nature. Students observe nature, then write about nature. 2) Students notice finer details about nature. 3) Students use observation details to create short poem.

Objectives: Students apprecite nature by studying and writing about it. 

Materials: note taking paper, camera (phone) or drwaing pad, Haiku definitions/rules.

Set up: This activity will come after a Haiku unit. Students will already understand the rules and methods of Haiku.

Class examples: 

1) Show students nature pictures. Ask them to study picture and write five details. 

2) Ask students to write a simile describing the picture.

3) Ask students to write the main points for possible Haiku: subject, season, movement.

4) Write a class Haiku for picture. 

5) Hand each student a picture of nature. Have each student go through the Haiku process. 

6) Use class camera or phone to take a new picture of nature. Repeat steps 1-4 as a class or with partners.

Student Assignment: Ask students to use a camera or phone when they go home. Go through the process of taking picture and writing poem twice on your own. Possibly try to relate photos to what students are doing in science class. 

At the end of poetry unit, students create a nature, poem book. They can print or draw the nature pictures that they took. Students can also just draw a picture of nature and not use an electronic device.

Assess: Poetry book (final project), single poems along the way. Possible student presentations. 

Hopefully by the end, students will appreciate the smaller details of nature. This unit will lead into a study of eco-sytems and how humans affect nature. What this lesson lacks is the importance of nature and how people affect nature. Hopefully, first, students can try to appreciate the beauty of nature, and then that will lead to the importance of nature. 


(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Is it possible to undo water pollution?

Topic: Water QualityMicrosoft Office document icon Idaho Adventure Learning - Water Pollution.doc

Added by: Casey Weissenbach

Students participate in an experiment that will allow them to explore whether or not it is possible to undo water pollution caused by humans.  Students will also work with an article about a local river and they will be expected to come up with an action plan on how they can limit or minimize water pollution in their communities.

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Learning about Human-Environment Interaction through the Treasure Valley's water system.

Topic: Adaptation, Water Flow & Energy, Water Quantity/BudgetFile Human-Environment Interaction Lesson.doc (1).docx

Added by: Emma Shannon

Students will learn about Human-Environment Interaction (one of the five themes of geography) through learning about the Treasure Valley's water supply and how two people altered our region's landscape forever. 

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Habitat Health Lesson from Trout in the Classroom

Topic: Ecosystem Services, Fish/Aquatic Life, Water QualityPDF icon Trout in the Classroom Habitat Health.pdf

Added by: Cindy Busche

This lesson and student worksheet engages students in assessing habitat health using physical, chemical and biological parameters.  From Trout in the Classroom curriculum.

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Designing a Solution for Pollution

Topic: Water QualityMicrosoft Office document icon Designing a Solution for Pollution.doc

Added by: Angela Becker

Students will identify an area in their community that does not employ Best Management Practices (BMP) (ex: a parking lot with storm drains located within or along the edges of the pavement). They will document (through pictures and research) what could be improved to reduce the amount of point and non-point source pollution from that area. Students will then design an improvement plan for that area that they will present to their peers.

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  How Can You Save Water?

Topic: Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Water Flow & Energy, Water Quantity/Budget, OtherFile How Can You Save Water.docx

Added by: Kelly Demers

Students will develop an understanding of where our water comes from, ways water is wasted, and how we can conserve water.  They will then write an informational essay about ways to save water with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion.

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Watershed Planning Game

Topic: Ecosystem Services, Water Quantity/BudgetMicrosoft Office document icon LessonPlan.Watershe.Planning.Game_.doc

Added by: Maddie Pacold

Students plan a watershed and must account for various stakeholders. 

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Sticky Water (Intro to Water Unit- Water is a Polar Molecule)

Topic: OtherMicrosoft Office document icon Lesson Plan: Students do four mini experiments to learn about water's unique properties. (Introduction to Water Unit)
Microsoft Office document icon Student Handout for the experiments

Added by: Denise Schwendener

 An introduction to water and the role it plays in your life. Water is a polar molecule. 

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Fire ecology and management

Topic: OtherMicrosoft Office document icon fire ecology and management.doc

Added by: Mary Lugg

hands-on learning activity to discuss fire ecology and management in Idaho

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Climate Change Lab presented by Mark Robbins

Topic: Climate ChangeFile PlacebasedClimateInquiry.docx

Added by: Mary Lugg

Place-based climate change information and lab

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Salmon Collaborative Planning Scenario by Karie Boone

Topic: OtherFile Salmon Collaborative Planning Scenario.docx

Added by: Cindy Busche

Explore a collaborative planning process surrounding the topic of salmon

(Boise - Treasure Valley)  Crumple a Paper Watershed by OMSI

Topic: Geology/Mapping, Water Quality Crumple a Paper Watershed by OMSI

Added by: Cindy Busche

Using paper, markers and water, students can make a watershed relief map and see how water flows or 'sheds' off the land.

(Pocatello)  Watershed Intro and Tour Slides

Topic: Water Flow & Energy, Water Quantity/BudgetFile Watershed_HUC_tour.pptx
File Watershed pictures.pptx

Added by: Matt P

These are two very simple files of photos.  Both of these files are Moscow / Palouse specific, however, they should give you an idea of what I try to do when laying the foundations to the bigger picture of your place in the water budget. 

"water shed pictures" are the slides I use when I introduce watersheds on a global to local level and HUC numbers.

"watershed huc tour" are the slides I use for the watershed tour.