Science & Technical Subjects

Reading, writing, and thinking about science requires strategies and competencies that are different from those needed for studying history or literature. LDC’s collection of template tasks help science teachers create lessons to increase engagement and teach students to read and think like scientists. LDC templates “hardwire” Common Core Standards into module design, requiring students to use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts and improve their reading and writing skills. In addition, the LDC design process leads the teacher through the selection of appropriate state grade content standards to ensure lessons are aligned with state requirements. See some examples below, or join us on CoreTools to access the Exemplary Module Library from your own account!

“As a science teacher, I’ve had no formal training in how to teach the writing process. I can spot grammar mistakes and spelling errors, no problem, but as far as the structure of a paper, I don’t have a solid enough background for teaching those strategies. But the way the tasks are written, you can just plug and play with different topics.” Middle school science teacher

Radioactivity and the Search for New Elements

Using Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize Lecture as its text, this module takes students directly to the substance of a key scientific discovery. It is designed to be used when teaching about atoms, their structure, and nuclear chemistry. This module was created by Kenton County, Kentucky, teacher Michelle Buroker (working with Renee Boss, Amy Klein Wesselman, and Susan Weston) in the Summer 2013 Science Design Jam.

Engineering Disciplines

Developed by Melissa Ladowitz of eSTEM Academy, this module asks students to research a variety of engineering disciplines and write a report on the discipline that appeals most to them. In their report, students must define the discipline of choice and explain the job responsibilities and education and training required; they must also profile a specific individual in the field. This module includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Battelle STEM)

Life Stages in Healthcare

An important aspect of healthcare science is clearly and accurately communicating anticipatory life span changes to customers and patients. This CTE module, developed by Georgia educators Patty Cole (Jasper County) and Robin Smith (Middle Georgia RESA) asks students to select a target audience and then create an informational brochure to use at an upcoming healthcare fair. Included in the module are articles for student review; students will use the article(s) that pertain(s) to their assigned life stage. An employability rubric is included for evaluation of time management and professional attributes. This module includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Georgia Department of Education)

Other exemplary modules you can access via our Module Library through LDC CoreTools include…


Jennifer Phillips, Liz Arney and Pier Sun Ho (ConnectEd)

Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Amy Klein, Doris Beverly, and Kelly Clifford (Owen County, Kentucky), Ellen Sears (Anchorage County, Kentucky), and Audrey Harper (Warren County, Kentucky)

How Are Mitochondria Connected to the Aging Process?

Christina Roberts (NYC Department of Education) 

The Beauty of Evolution

Laura Billings (National Paideia Center)

Nuclear Sustainability

Diana Weldon and Jennifer Hower (Tech Valley High School, Rensselaer, New York)

Pesticides: Blessing, Curse, or Both (A Close Reading Module)

Susan Perkins Weston (Kentucky-based consultant) and Gary McCormick (Kenton County, Kentucky)


Anne Maxwell, Monica Cressman, Megan Adams, Holly Particelli (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania)

The Laws of Conservation and Photosynthesis

Katherine Bryant, Marcus Watson, Matt Faircloth, and Karen Cox (Georgia Department of Education)

The Effect of Algal Blooms on Marine Ecosystems

Mark Weese (Effingham County, Georgia)