Astrobiology Lesson Plans

The Astrobiology Academy produces lesson plans from its activities that cover a wide range of astrobiology subjects (“Astrobiology in the Classroom”).

You can download the PDF of our latest ‘Astrobiology in the Classroom’ lesson plans here:

ASTROBIOLOGY lesson plan collection

The objective of these lesson plans is to teach curriculum science using the backdrop of astrobiology to encourage critical thinking, excitement and interest in many of the sciences that cut across the interdisciplinary nature of astrobiology, including physics, biology, chemistry, geosciences and astronomy.

These lesson plans are not rigid. Consistent feedback from teachers has been that the lesson plans should be sufficiently flexible and contain content that can be modified to fit different needs and lessons, but not so well defined that they are inflexible. We try to strike a balance in writing them. We also welcome feedback on them.

Astrobiology Lesson plans


To ensure their widest possible availability, we also share these resources on the TES website. You can search for these lesson plans by using the search term ‘astrobiologyacademy’ or ‘astrobiology’ (the latter term will bring up other astrobiology resources). The link to TES Resources is here.



The Astrobiology Academy also produces the ‘Astrobiology in a Box‘ resource. This handy box contains resources for four classroom activities for 20 students and an instruction kit. It is appropriate for both primary and secondary schools. The activities are ‘Detection of Life Experiment’, ‘Extremophiles and the Limits to Life’, ‘UV Radiation and Damage to Life’ and ‘Pressure and the Limits to Life’.

Astrobiology in the Classroom

We welcome work to improve or test lesson plans and resources. Please get in touch with us about these resources.