Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Classroom and Field Trip activities and lesson plans associated with the park, for 3rd-12th grade students.  Activities cover topics: Earth Science, Geography, Geology, Climate, Wildlife Biology, Archaeology, History, Writing, Paleontology, American Indian History and Culture, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Visual Arts, Ecology

Digital Atlas of Idaho

Natural and Social Idaho History Teaching Resources provide an extensive list of lessons plans and activities, by Grade levels K-12, by Subject Index and for Digital learning.  Diagrams, maps, images and glossaries are provided for multiple natural and social history topics of Idaho.  Idaho achievement standards are associated with the lesson plans under the Grade level link, although are dated 2001 and may have to be modified for current standards.

Glacial Lake Missoula – Megafloods of the Ice Age

Description and photos of the history and impacts of the glacial floods experienced in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon at end of the last Ice Age, approximately 15,000 years ago.

Explore the Scablands Interactive Map

Idaho State Parks – Learning –Teacher Resources

Click to view 10 Lessons using state park information with associated state standards. Topics include park history, mapping, park planning and more. Suggested grade level is 4th, but modifiable to elementary and middle school

Idaho National Laboratory Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program (ESER)

Education programs include classroom presentations, and many outstanding teacher resources including Idaho Ecology, Idaho Water, Idaho Invasives and Idaho Biodiversity.

Idaho State Historical Society

In the process of expanding lesson plans and primary source documents. Resources include K-12 content. Multi-disciplinary lesson plans are available on Idaho topics, such as geography, prehistory and Native Americans, the Oregon Trail, Lewis and Clark and many others.

The Oregon Trail

Interactive map of the states and historical sites along the Oregon Trail – Idaho sites include locations and descriptions of Fort Hall, Craters of the Moon, Shoshone Falls, 3 Island Crossing, and Fort Boise.   Additional social history can be found by clicking the All About the Trail tab.

The Forest History Society

If Trees Could Talk is an 11-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources–documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs–from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.  If Trees Could Talk is correlated to National History and Social Studies Standards, as well as to Idaho State (and other individual state) standards

Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign

The Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign has developed an “Invasive Weeds Toolkit” educational program which is being distributed to Elementary and Middle Schools in Idaho:

  • Mortie Milfoil Learns about Milfoil is a curriculum designed for use in early and upper elementary school, containing 3 lessons each plus an Education PowerPoint presentation and a 7 minute video.
  • Hannah learns about Poison Hemlock is a curriculum designed for use in early and upper elementary school, containing 3 lessons each plus a short 3 minute video

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

For “Hands On” nature experiences K-12, visit:

  • WaterLife Discovery Center near Sandpoint – The WaterLife Discovery Center Teachers Guide is available below in downloadable PDF format; and provides lessons and activities associated with the discovery center.
  • Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area – Self-guided tour brochures are available, in addition to history of the area
  • The MK Nature Center in Boise – The center’s signature StreamWalk Program instructs students about Idaho wildlife and the importance of habitat in a short classroom session coupled with a guided walk along the Nature Center path that follows a man-made stream.

Idaho State Department of Education – Connection Lessons for Social Studies Educators

8 lessons with Standards for Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12.  Topics include: Cite Evidence; Fact, Opinion, Reasoning; Independent Reading; Point of View; Summarize Central Ideas; Text Comparisons; Visual Evidence and Vocabulary

Idaho STEM Pipeline

Interactive Idaho state map that identifies multidisciplinary programs by region geared towards K-12 students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Learning From the Forest

Lessons by Teachers is a collection of 29 teaching activities and lesson plans developed by Idaho school teachers who attended a Wood — A Remarkable Fiber workshop or the Ecology, Economics and the Environment Forest Tour.  Lessons are available for K-12 students and in a wide range of subjects including Math, English, Geography, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Social Science, Government, Economics, Chemistry and Industrial Arts

National Geographic Kids – IDAHO

Article:  Idaho Fast Facts, History, Flag, Geography, Landforms, Wildlife, Natural Resources, Fun Stuff

Article: Living with Wolves – Meet the Sawtooth wolf pack and the people who filmed them.

We’ve got a video, photos, and quick facts about wolves you can share with your friends and family. Read about Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s adventures and how you can help save wolves in the Nat Geo Kids Chapters book Living With Wolves.

Article: Bitterroot National Forest – A 1.6-million-acre stretch of protected land straddling Idaho and Montana. Home to awesome animals and bizarre plants, it includes both forested areas and grasslands.

Article:  Yellowstone National Park – Straddling the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, Yellowstone was the first national park ever formed.

Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Education

Lesson plans and animations are provided to teach basic concepts of ground water as the key to understanding how the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer works.  Teacher resources are available for Elementary and Middle/School classrooms.

Virtual Museum of Idaho

Access is provided to 3D models and images of cultural artifacts, fossils, and bones from the Idaho Museum of Natural History and other institutions across North America.  3D plant models are coming soon.

Western Regional Climate Center

Information on the climate of Idaho, and topographic features, temperature, precipitation, snowfall, floods, humidity, fog, storms, sunshine, growing season, irrigated lands, forested lands and recreation.  Links to K-12 educational sources may also be accessed from this page.

Idaho Adventure Learning

Lesson plans are presented for various subjects and grade levels primarily about ecosystems and water. Many of the lesson plans were developed as a result of an Idaho Adventure Learning workshop, while others are from external sources.

Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission

The IRRC’s role is to create programs and materials to increase public understanding of the ecology of Idaho’s rangelands and how they are managed.  The commission offers lessons for grades K-12, for topics including: Rangeland Ecology, Rangeland Plants, Rangeland Animals, Sage Grouse, Idaho’s Rangeland History, Wildfire, Social Studies, Watersheds and Soils, and Life on the Range.