ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5)
Title: Henry "Box" Brown
Description: This can be an extended literature connection (the book is useful but not required to use this lesson plan).
The book Henry Brown's Box, the Slave who Mailed Himself to Freedom, is the basis for this lesson.
In Henry's later life, he was an international speaker, describing his courageous journey to become free.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Stop The Bullying
Description: During this lesson, students start to recognize the different types of bullying, causes, and ways of dealing with it. Through literature and the Internet, students learn how to handle bullying. Students will develop presentations to teach other how to handle bullying.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Helen Keller
Description: During this lesson students learn about the life of Helen Keller and how she communicated with others. Students have the opportunity to use sign language to communicate with others. Students gain an appreciation for their sight and hearing, as well as admiration for those who do not have these senses.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Lou Gehrig and Character Education
Description: After reading book or short story about Lou Gehrig, students conduct online research to learn more about him. Using the material they gather about his life and character, students create a flyer/poster. Students then participate in a virtual field trip from the Baseball Hall of Fame entitled "Lou Gehrig: The Iron Horse."
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Never, Ever Give Up!
Description: This lesson plan introduces the importance of perseverance. Students will discover that success comes through perseverance. Students will also have the opportunity to research Abraham Lincoln on the Internet to document examples of perseverance.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Description: This lesson plan is intended to be used during the month of March when the class is preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. After listening to and reading different stories by Dr. Seuss, the students have opportunities to compare and contrast story elements through critical thinking and Venn diagrams.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Description: Students sometimes find themselves in situations where they are uncomfortable and uncertain in relating to difficult peers. This lesson is designed to equip students with information they need not only to identify bullies, but to develop strategies to combat them.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Hero by Any Other Name. . .
Description: In conjunction with a study of literary or national heroes or in recognition of 9/11 week, students select a hero from among their family and friends, gather information about him/her, and prepare a multimedia presentation of their research.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: What Can We Learn From Pigs?
Description: This thematic language arts lesson uses a variety of beginning reading books about pigs to help special education/early elementary students learn about character traits and concepts. The wide use of graphic organizers introduces beginning readers to early reading strategies.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7)
Title: Thinking Hobbit
Description: This is an introductory lesson designed to stimulate student interest in reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The lesson familiarizes students with the physical traits and social codes used to guide hobbit behavior, and then looks at the Plus, Minus, and Interesting ideas (PMI), as well as the influencing factors, that might shape a hobbit's thoughts when faced with the prospect of going on an adventure.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Description: Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Diary of Anne Frank: How Would I Survive?
Description: After reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, student groups examine the coping strategies of the people in the Secret Annex. Then, each student develops a personal survival plan to be included in a group slideshow presentation which addresses this question: How would I survive if I experienced the same stressful situation? Additionally, the students discuss current world situations that necessitate coping strategies.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. for Early Elementary
Description: This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson in Character Education Made Easy. It helps early elementary students (especially kindergartners) learn about the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr., why he is remembered, and the problems he worked to change.
Basketball Heroes Overcome Adversity
Stop Bullying Now!
With pictures and student testimonials, students encourage others to stop bullying.
Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty
Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty is a podcast that introduces an initiative to help administrators as they decrease the number of disciplinary incidents related to bullying. A student's perspective toward bullying sets the tone as the podcast begins. Dr. Jackie Hester narrates during the podcast and gives strategic tips for administrators. A fictional classroom drama depicts a potential scenario if bullying is not addressed.
A book review on Evermore by Alyson Noel
Alyson Noel’s Evermore will keep you interested to the very end. Noel’s writing flows beautifully throughout the novel. She creates characters that are in very unrealistic situations yet have very real personalities. The main character, Ever, has psychic powers. Noel builds up these powers throughout the book. Noel manages to get them to make sense and stick to their own logic throughout the book. Ever’s powers make her both a strong character, but also a vulnerable one. Throughout Evermore, Alyson Noel keeps the reader’s full attention with beautiful writing and complex, interesting characters.
A book review on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book review is on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and is believed to be one of the best books ever written. It gives the reader a different point of view of the war in Afghanistan and how things have changed since the war. Also, the storyline is so intriguing and mystifying, you can’t help but get attached to the characters. The book is recommended to anyone looking for an unforgettable story that will take them through a journey of love, hate, and forgiveness.
Philosophy for Kids
Philosophy is the study of wisdom. Philosophers like Confucius and John Locke taught many ideas that we currently call "character education". This podcast explores the ideas of character and wisdom through pictures of school events. The podcast is designed to be paused after each quote to allow for class discussion.
How Would You Feel? A Public Service Announcement about Bullying
There are three types of students in American schools today; bullies, victims, and bystanders. Each type of student is uniquely affected by the violence and cruelty perpetrated by bullies on their helpless victims. In this video podcast, students share the characteristics of both bullies and victims and explore ways in which all students can help stop the abuse. The theme of the video podcast is "How Would You Feel", and is designed to evoke an emotional appeal that will hopefully help all three types of students break free from the cycle of violence that is so prevalent in middle schools and high schools. The podcast ends with ways that students can help stop bullying.
Heroes: People that Inspire
Students will choose and describe their hero.
Thinkfinity Learning Activities
Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is the International Day of Peace.
Description: Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12