This section includes links (coming soon) to freely available biological anthropology-related lesson plans and activities developed for the K-12 classroom. If you are a K-12 educator or an anthropologist visiting a K-12 classroom, we encourage you to explore them.

The AABA Education Committee has curated these lessons from multiple institutions and organizations and has annotated them with summary information, including (when possible) a lesson overview and goals, appropriate grade levels, materials needed, and keywords related to the lesson.

The AABA Education Committee has not evaluated these lessons for alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); however, the NGSS dimensions (science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) listed below are relevant to many of the lessons. To assess if a lesson aligns with NGSS, we recommend using the EQuIP Rubric for Science, available at

If you would like to submit a lesson plan, please contact us.

Relevant NGSS Dimensions

Science Practices

  • Asking questions
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas (Life Science)

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change
  • Influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world

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