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Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) is inquiry-based, job-embedded professional development where teachers work collaboratively to develop, teach, and assess research-based lessons. Training and meeting schedules for TXLS are tailored to fit each campus' needs. Teacher-designed lessons created as part of TXLS are video recorded and available on the Texas Gateway. TXLS is part of the TEA strategic plan 2017-2021, set forth by Commissioner Mike Morath. 


Published lessons are available on the Texas Gateway and include research, formative assessment, materials, plan, and a reflection. Use the tabs above to view lessons for each subject matter. Please note, you will have to sign up for a free account on Texas Gateway to be able to access these lessons.

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    Scientifically Magnetic!

    K(2)(B), K(2)(D), K(2)(E), K(4)(A), K(6)(B)

    Students will review the steps of the scientific method and conduct an investigation that involves sorting magnetic and nonmagnetic objects.

    Drumming Up Some Sound Energy


    Students will explore sound energy by creating their own drums using a variety of materials. Then, students will listen for the loud and soft sounds that each of the drums creates.

    3rd grade

    Push Back, Pull Forward


    Students will conduct an experiment to demonstrate force, such as pushes and pulls.

    4th grade

    Save the Factory!

    4(2)(A), 4(6)(A), 4(6)(D)

    Students will design an experiment to test the outcome of friction in force and motion. The students will create an inclined plane demonstrating their knowledge of mechanical energy and the effects of gravity on an object. Students will use previous knowledge of friction to complete their task of stopping their object. Critical thinking skills will be the focus of the lesson as students will have to utilize their scientific problem-solving skills to make decisions regarding their experiment.

    5th grade

    Uses of Energy Lab

    5(6)(A), 5(2)(D)

    Students will rotate through lab stations equipped with objects and videos as they explore the uses and conversion of five different types of energy.

    Going on an Expedition


    Students observe how dunes and canyons are created through agents of erosion by weathering and erosion.

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    6th grade

    Motion Pictures


    In this lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of motion representation using distance vs. time graphs. Students will recognize labeling of axes, steepness related to speed, horizontal lines as non-motion, and downward slope as return to origin.

    Earth: A Tilted Affair


    After a brief review of direct and indirect sunlight, students will arrange heat maps and globes around a drawing of the Sun based on the tilt of Earth and how it affects Earth’s temperature.

    7th grade

    Modeling the Path of Digestion 

    7(1)(B), 7(2)(C), 7(2)(E), 7(3)(B), 7(6)(B)

    Students model the path of digestion using household items.

    Building a Watershed


    Students will model the effects of human activity on watersheds.

    8th grade

    Full Speed Ahead


    Students will use hover pucks to measure speed over a distance of 6 meters. Once speed has been calculated, velocity will be determined using the same data. Finally, students will be able to label all points of acceleration.

    Convergent Plate Boundaries


    Students will design and test models that will identify crustal features formed by convergent plate boundaries.


    DNA Sequencing

    B(6)(C), B(6)(E)

    In this lesson, students will investigate how gene expression is a regulated process controlled by DNA and the interpretations of codons through translation.

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Emili Foster, M.Ed.
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