9th Grade Lessons

High school teachers often find themselves looking for new ways to approach a lesson. The lessons below, written by real teachers, can help guide your instruction. The lessons cover multiple subject areas and objectives. The 9th grade lesson plan section will continuously grow as more teachers share their lessons with the Teacher.org community.  Please contact us if you have lessons that you would like to share! You have the power to inspire our future.

9th Grade Arts Lesson Plans

Fairy Tale Fun

Length of Time: Varies depending on grade level and depth of project

In this performing arts lesson, students will rewrite a well-known fairy tale to include a great deal of dialogue and then act out that fairy tale (creation of props is optional as is taping the performance).

Flash Mob Fun

Length of Time: Several Class Periods

In this performing arts lesson, students will work together with a purpose to create and choreograph a dance for a flash mob to make an announcement for the school.

Getting Colorful

Length of Time: 20 - 30 Minutes

This performing arts activity will allow students to demonstrate skills in conveying emotions without using words.

Musical Masterpiece

Length of Time: 45-60 Minutes

In this visual arts lesson, learners will express emotion through painting, as elicited by music.

Painter's Tape Art

Length of Time: 40 minutes to 2 hours depending on grade level

This lesson will allow students to practice creating art by marking off what will not be painted. This requires planning prior to mixing the first color.

Paper Mache Zoo

Length of Time: Varies depending on grade level and depth of project

In this visual arts lesson, students will create zoo animals (or any animals) using paper mache. The ‘zoo’ can be displayed in the classroom or in a localized area of the school.

Perspectives

Length of Time: Several Class Periods

This visual arts lesson will allow students to get creative while practicing with either photography or videography. Students will also have to consider perspective from things outside themselves. Rubric included. 

Upside Down Art

Length of Time: 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on grade level

This lesson will allow students to practice creating art from a unique perspective while learning about Michelangelo.

Video Diary

Length of Time: 30 Minutes a Day for Several Weeks

In this performing arts lesson, students will work to create a short video diary to showcase the import parts of their life and edit the video into a 5 minute or less montage using EZVid or similar program.

9th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

De and Con Notations

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes

Students work collaboratively to create the denotations and connotations of words.

Present Perfect Tense

Length of Time: 40 - 50 Minutes

Students will be able to explain clearly the rules on the present perfect tense of verbs as differentiated from the simple present and past tenses.

Speed Persuading

Length of Time: Two to Three Class Periods

The students will use the art of communication to quickly persuade or convince their peers to change their minds on a variety of popular or unpopular opinions.

Stories Galore

Length of Time: About 2 Hours

Following the Common Core Standards for writing a narrative the students will collaborate and write six stories.

9th Grade Environmental Lesson Plans

Cost of Recycling

Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

Each pair of students will trace 1 single recyclable product, from manufacturer to recycling center, examining costs of making the product and recycling it, answering the question:  Is recycling worth it?

Earth Window Art

Length of Time: 30 - 45 Minutes

This lesson will allow students to create a replica of the Earth that can also be used as decoration.

Menus to Save the Earth

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes

Students will understand the impact that packaging and out of season items have on the environment. Students will create a week long menu using only basic foods and in-season items available in the area.

Oil and Grease

Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

The students will research oil and grease recycling.

Saving the World: A Gift at a Time

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes

Students will find, list, and explain how to limit consumption of new goods by designing an alternative registry for an event (wedding, birthday, anniversary)

Water, Water, Everywhere

Length of Time: 1-2 Class Periods

The students will identify products that need water to be manufactured, and the amount needed for each product.

Words of the Environment

Length of Time: 2-3 Class Periods

On day one, the students will list as many words as possible related to environmental science and on day two connect the meanings of each to real life situations based on research.

9th Grade Math Lesson Plans

Box Geometry

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes

Students will learn about using the formulas for the area of squares, rectangles, and triangles to determine how much paint and carpet to purchase for a room.  In addition, they will learn about scale measurements.

Charity Begins at School

Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

Pairs of students will design, plan, and create an imaginary fundraiser for a charitable organization.

Ice Cream Cones, Baseballs, and Cans

Length of Time: 1-2 Class Periods

Students will work in pairs to practice finding the volume of cones, cylinders, and spheres using everyday objects.

The Ideal Town

Length of Time: About 2 Hours

Based on research the students will design a small town with a pre-determined population, assuring there is enough living space, parking spaces, and a sufficient water supply.

9th Grade P.E. Lesson Plans

Multi-Ball Basketball

Length of Time: 1 or 2 Class Periods

The student will participate in a game of basketball using various sizes of available balls.

Music Movement

Length of Time: 1 class period

The students will move to the music based on its beat, words, tune, and other variables.

Olympic Fair

Length of Time: 1-2 Class periods

The students, with a partner, will research and simulate Olympic events on a small scale as a homework assignment and for other PE classes.

The New PE Class

Length of Time: 2-3 Class Periods

The students will create a PE activity to share and demonstrate to peers.

9th Grade Science Lesson Plans

Chemical Eating

Length of Time: 2-3 Class Periods

Using the Periodic Table of Elements the students will research ingredients listed on food product labels.

Cost of Recycling

Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

Each pair of students will trace 1 single recyclable product, from manufacturer to recycling center, examining costs of making the product and recycling it, answering the question:  Is recycling worth it?

Creature Connection

Length of Time: About 2-3 Hours

The student will research three living creatures, write a short report for each, and discover the ecological connections between each.

Glad Scientists

Length of Time: About 3 Hours or More

A pair of students will research a specific scientist from the past and present information to the class and carry out one of his/her experiments.

Menus to Save the Earth

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes

Students will understand the impact that packaging and out of season items have on the environment. Students will create a week long menu using only basic foods and in-season items available in the area.

Oil and Grease

Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

The students will research oil and grease recycling.

Saving the World: A Gift at a Time

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes

Students will find, list, and explain how to limit consumption of new goods by designing an alternative registry for an event (wedding, birthday, anniversary)

Six Degrees of Science Separation

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes

Using a list of terms from all fields of science, the students will connect them in six or less steps to a non-science term, explaining scientific relationships during the process.

The Science of Verbs

Length of Time: About 2 Class Periods

The student will connect science to everyday, unusual, or rare actions carried out by people.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Length of Time: 1-2 Class Periods

The students will identify products that need water to be manufactured, and the amount needed for each product.

Words of the Environment

Length of Time: 2-3 Class Periods

On day one, the students will list as many words as possible related to environmental science and on day two connect the meanings of each to real life situations based on research.

9th Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans

A Return to Ancient Rome

Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

Students will research and create a brief power point program about a landmark of Ancient Rome.

Changing History

Length of Time: About 2 - 4 Class Periods

Students will research a historical event, “change history” by asking a “What if…” question.  The students will rewrite new information based on their research using the same era and people involved to realistically alter the outcome of the event(s).

Country to Country

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes

Students will develop a timeline for events in their country and another country over the last 200 years and then compare/contrast the timelines to recognize possible relationships between the events in each country.

Music and History

Length of Time: About 45 - 90 Minutes

Students will cooperatively research music from the past 5 or 10 decades and compare and contrast the lyrics with historical events/culture of the decade, answering the question:  How does/did history affect music and lyrics?

President vs. President

Length of Time: About 3-5 class periods

Each student will research a past deceased president, review their life, speeches, quotes, term in office, etc., and use it to run for President versus another past President.

Presidential Politics

Length of Time: About 2-4 Class Periods

Students will research a past president’s opinions, promises and goals discussed prior to their election and compare/contrast them during their years in office.

What Year Did That Happen?

Length of Time: About 45 - 90 Minutes

Students will research several historic events in history concentrating on the years they occurred and attempt to create pneumonic devices to help match the correct year to the event.