Geography Lesson Plans

IGA Teacher Lesson Plan Development Program

The Illinois Geographic Alliance, LLC (IGA) is pleased to announce a new program that provides a stipend up to $500 for a K-12 teacher to support the development of a geography-related lesson plan for the classroom. Teachers may use the stipend for any lesson-related expense (salary, materials, etc.). Once completed, teachers are required to submit the lesson and a post-project summary to IGA for posting on the IGA website to share with other geography educators in Illinois. Although not required, program participants are encouraged to present their completed lesson plan at the IGA’s “Geography Education in the 21st Century” annual conference held each fall.

Eligibility: Any in-service K-12 educator in a public or private school located in Illinois is eligible to apply for the program. Applicants must also be an IGA member.

Stipend: The stipend will be dispersed once the completed lesson and post-project summary has been submitted and accepted by the IGA. Applicants may apply for up to $500 to cover any lesson-related expenses (salary, classroom materials, etc.).

Deadline: The program will remain open throughout the year and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all allocated funds for the program are awarded.

Applications: Applications should be no more than one page in length, and should include the following:

Applicant name, mailing address, school, and grade level
Description of the project
Identification of one or more of the Geography Standards in the Illinois Social Science Standards that relate(s) to the lesson plan
Budget description
Applications should be submitted by e-mail attachment to A committee will review the applications and applicants will be notified of a decision about their application following submission. Awardees will have 12 months from the time the application is accepted until submission of the final lesson plan in order to receive the stipend.

Lesson Plan and Post-Project Summary: At the conclusion of the project, please submit the completed lesson plan and a brief post-project summary report by e-mail attachment to

The lesson plan should be submitted using the provided template. Please follow the instructions that are included to ensure that the lesson plan is complete and formatted correctly.

The post-project summary should be approximately 1-2 pages in length and include the following:

Description about how the lesson was piloted in a classroom
Summarize/explain how the lesson was received by students as well as if the lesson objectives were successfully met
Summarize/explain any revisions or improvements they made to the lesson after the pilot
Please do not include student work, student names, or any other identifiers in the summary.

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Lesson Plan Instructions

Lesson Plan Template