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 (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.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Description: Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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 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 (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.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - "Respect"
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate the meaning of "respect." Practicing good manners means showing respect for yourself, for others, for property, and for the world at large. Many of these basic courtesies are automatically included when the “Golden Rule” (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is the rule of thumb. Giving respect to others and having respect for oneself is an integral part of developing good character.
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.
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Stop Cyberbullying
Digital Tool: On-line Interactive Website
Digital Tool Description: Infinity Interactive Learning Lab provides a interactive training site for teaching them how to prevent cyber bullying to students. Students watch a video and apply the concepts they have learned.
Students perform a song about showing good character. Students also recite a character pledge, while pictures illustrate that pledge.
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 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.
Rockin' into Responsibility
Using the word "Rockin'" as an acrostic, this podcast lists tips for being responsible. Brief explanations are given for each tip, complete with pictures to illustrate and music. Students are encouraged to follow these tips to begin "Rockin' into Responsibility.
Superchamp: A Superhero of Character
Superchamp is a superhero that teaches students about good character traits.
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