Curricular Resources

Some of our SME faculty/affiliates have written curricula that is useful in the K-12 classroom. These resources range from hands on simple activities, to astronomy resources to virtual field trips.


  • Class Starter & Focus Activities: (QuickTime video clips and .pdf instruction sheets) Fun ice breaker, team building, and brain logic warm-ups for your class. Developed by Dr Rebekah Nix and Penny Ante Science




  • Space Science Resources for more details on each of these head to the Space Science Resources Page
    • CINDI in Space, educational resources from UTD in conjunction with NASA satellite project.
    • Stars and Planets, 5th grade to college level conceptual astronomy curriculum written by Dr Mary Urquhart
    • Reaching for the Red Planet, Mars exploration resource astronomy curriculum written by Dr Mary Urquhart
    • Lunar Phase Wheel, Moon phase exploration lesson written by Dr Mary Urquhart


  • How Big is a Million, resource is based on a powers of ten approach to building number sense a million and beyond. An accompanying 4th grade lesson focusing on number sense and place value and was field-tested in Allen ISD in 2010.



  • Change Over Time, K-8 Earth science project led by Barbara Curry and TRC members

Virtual Field Trips

SME’s Virtual Field Trips are designed for use in any and every classroom. Although the main topics are based in ecology (life science), geology (earth science) and humankind (environmental science), these sites also support lessons in computer science, technology, mathematics, physics, social studies, geography, history, language arts and classical art. The structure is open so that you may approach most any topic from virtually every direction. Each “element” is woven into the “Big Picture” with links and references to allow you and your students to explore the presented information through the most logical route. The same scientific principles and processes apply in other geographic locations as well!


Curricular Resources from Outside Sources

National Council for Open Education – Lessons Plans – Browse Lesson Plans by Subject