Digital Resources

Discovery Park of America’s mission is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. In order to successfully accomplish that, the Discovery Park education team is offering resources to teachers, students and parents who are navigating the world of virtual learning. Lessons are taught in conjunction with Tennessee state academic standards and cover a broad range of subjects for grades 1-12. These resources are completely FREE. Whether you are a parent who homeschools or a teacher with a classroom full of students, an interactive lesson or a virtual field trip to Discovery Park offers a unique and educational experience like no other.

University of Tennessee at Martin Partnership

Discovery Park has partnered with the University of Tennessee at Martin to share free digital resources to teachers and parents. Hosted by Katie Jarvis, professors from UT Martin share fun and entertaining 20-30 minute Zoom lessons utilizing their area of expertise. Areas covered include Japanese, computer science, public speaking, geology and more.

Japanese 101

Kyoko Hammond, lecturer of Japanese at UT Martin, introduces Japanese phrases, how to say different foods, as well as how to ask a question.

Storytelling with Alice

In this lesson, Dr. Kate Ericson, an associate professor of computer science at the UT Martin, shares an introduction to the world of programming using the free resource Alice. 

Why is physical activity important?

Dr. Tim Dasinger, an assistant professor of health and human performance at UT Martin, covers the psychological and sociological benefits of participating in physical activities. 

Introduction to the German Language

Dr. Charles Hammond, a professor of German at UT Martin, shares reasons why people take German, how accessible German is to English speakers, and some examples of conversation.

Introduction to Programming in Python (3)

Dr. Kate Ericson gives a quick lesson about variables, basic data types and how to perform standard arithmetic in the Python program. Plus, you can do this yourself with the free resources she shares and learn how to draw a turtle using your new skills.

Benefits of Teaching Physical Education During COVID-19

Dr. Stuart Currie, an associate professor of health and human performance at UT Martin, covers the difference in physical education and physical activity and how physical education can help families during this challenging time.

How to Organize and Deliver an Effective Speech

This lesson with Dr. Teresa Collard, a communications professor at UT Martin, will include information on preparing and delivering dynamic speeches. This session is designed to get you started on your way to being an excellent public speaker.

Virtual Field Trip Lesson Overviews

In response to the increase in demand for homeschooling and virtual learning, Discovery Park’s education team compiled a number of lessons and programs normally offered on a field trip to the museum and park and will now be sharing them online for students, teachers and parents to utilize.

One highlight of these free resources is that teachers can register their classes for a 20-minute virtual lesson with education specialists at Discovery Park. The teacher will receive a packet full of great educational content to help prepare for the virtual field trip. Lesson plans are broken down by grades, and teachers simply select a grade below for lesson overviews.

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

To schedule a virtual field trip, click here.

Book Your Field Trip to Discovery Park of America

To schedule an in-person field trip, please click here to fill out an online form, email or call reservations at 731-885-5455. Our education specialists are ready to make certain your students have a transformative day of inspiration at Discovery Park of America.