Lesson Plan Resources

Below you will find lesson plans that correspond with video clips from This American Land, featuring stories that highlight scientific research efforts to the conservation of American landscapes, waters and wildlife. We hope that you will find these resources to be valuable and practical tools in your classroom. The activities in these lesson plans can be used by students as they watch the accompanying videos. These strategies will encourage understanding and critical thinking, and will also provide a starting point for classroom discussion.

Student will complete a graphic organizer while viewing a video about the electric knifefish. Student will create a flow chart describing some of the experiments researchers conduct in their laboratory.
Time needed:
50 minutes
Students in Barbara Warner’s high school Ecology Class at Kanab High (Kanab, Utah) worked at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, (1,880,461 acre park in Utah).
Students in fourteen elementary, middle school and high school classes in the Tahoe - Truckee area of California raised endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout from eggs to fry.
Kelly Muller’s Ecology class at Albany Options, an alternative high school, set out to solve the problem of a persistent muddy and wet area on their campus.
Time needed:
2-5 days


Captain Planet Foundation (CPF)The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) partners with This American Land to showcase stories about CPF grantees – teachers and students who care for the Earth by engaging in environmental stewardship projects. Each CPF grantee story listed below has a link to a corresponding Teacher Guide with lesson plans, standards correlations, and resources or protocols to make project replication easy at schools across the country.