A Look At Google’s Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans

Did you know that Google offers a sortable library of lesson plans that are free to download and use? It’s part of the company’s big push into education (seems to be quite the trend these days) and involves thousands of free lesson plans just waiting for you to try out.

Most incorporate Google products but then again so do most high-tech lesson plans these days. You can sort the listings by the type of Google product you want or, if that’s not your cup of tea, view the plans organized by subject. That’s probably the best way to go for most Edudemic readers.

Ways To Sort

By Google Product

  • Apps
  • Apps+
  • Apps & Earth
  • Blogger
  • Computer Science 4 High School
  • Digital Literacy
  • Docs / Drive
  • Exploring Comp Thinking
  • Fusion Tables
  • Google Earth
  • Google Lit Trips
  • Multiple
  • Science Fair
  • Search
  • Sites
  • Sketchup
  • YouTube

By Subject

  • Fine Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Math
  • Computer Science
  • Research
  • Physics
  • Computer Design
  • History – Social Sciences

By Age

  • Ages 0-6
  • Ages 7-12
  • Ages 13-18
  • Ages 15-18

Sample Lesson Plans

Great Moments in Art

Product: Calendar
Subject: Fine Arts
Topic: Research, great works of art
Age: 13-18

Great Moments in Art is an event calendar that uses Google Calendar to create a calendar of artist birthdays and other moments in art history and link those events to a geographic location. Students may visit any museum website and select an artist or art event to research.

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Computational Representation of Ants Foraging

Product: Computer Science 4 High School
Subject: Computer Science
Topic: CS Education Tools
Age: ’13-18

A computer program can represent interesting aspects of how ants find and collect food. By exploring variations on the program one can explore such matters as how the nature of the food supply affects how long the ants’ trail pheromone, a chemical used to help locate food sources, should last. The example illustrates how computational thinking patterns are useful in modelling real-world phenomena.

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Outbreak

Product: Apps+
Subject: Social Studies
Topic: Global health
Age: ’13-18

As the world confronts global health problems such as epidemics or pandemics, involve your students in an authentic lesson that will increase their understanding of health related issues and give them the tools to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their schools and communities.

View lesson plan

Explore Some More

The lesson plans all open up in Google Docs / Drive, naturally. That may be a bit of a pain for some but not a dealbreaker for many. So if you’re hunting around for handy lesson plans free of charge that leverage the products from the omnipresent Google, this site is worth checking out!

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer Carey

    November 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What a great list! I can’t wait to explore!

  2. AMCLAN

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Looks great