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Lesson Plans (10) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (5) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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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. 


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4)
Title: Constitution Day Wordle
Description: Students will draw inferences about the delegates of the Constitutional Congress after watching the video describing the process of creating the Constitution. Students will then follow a link to the Alabama Virtual Library where they will read or listen to an article written about why we celebrate the United States Constitution looking at important details from the text that tell who, what happened, and where and other specific key words from the text.  Students will then work independently taking their words gathered from the article and place them in a word cloud using wordle.They will then partner and share paraphrasing the text by explaining the words they chose for their word cloud. This lesson will be taught in one day.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Patriotic Symbols
Description: Alabama has many patriotic symbols that characterize the state. This lesson plan covers five state symbols associated with the State of Alabama. This lesson will help the students learn interesting facts about each of the symbols and explore more state symbols on the Internet.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Do Citizens Make Government Work?
Description: This five-session unit will provide hands-on opportunities for students to explore local, state and national governments. In the process, students will use technology and print media to learn about the leaders of each level of government and explore citizenship as a way to make a difference in their communities and nation.


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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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Symbols of Freedom
Description: This lesson is a technology-based social studies inquiry into patriotic symbols. Students will apply their research skills in an independent investigation of United States patriotic symbols. The students will incorporate their newly acquired knowledge into a digital slideshow presentation to be shared with their peers.


ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming Terrorism
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Inspiring presentation calling for unity in the face of terrorism.


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A book review on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Overview:
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.


Web Resources


Podcasts


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Mystery of the Boston Massacre
http://vimeo.com/394...
This is a video to introduce the Boston Massacre and pose questions for the students to ponder during the study. The video is less than 5 minutes long with an abundance of facts and visuals.

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44 Presidents: A Rap Song
http://www.flocabula...
This song makes it easy to remember all 44 presidents of the United States in chronological order. Many Flocabulary videos are only accessible through a paid subscription. *This particular video is available for free and without the need for an account sign-up.

Informational Materials


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

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Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercoun...
Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

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Character Ed
http://www.character...
A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

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Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

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Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

Interactives/Games


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Create Your Own Values Billboard
http://www.values.co...
Create your own billboard to display different values in character education.

Learning Activities


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

Teacher Tools


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

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Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercoun...
Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

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Character Ed
http://www.character...
A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

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Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

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Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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



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