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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (6) 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 (6) 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).
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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal, or Just Plain Rude?
Description: Cell phones, love them or hate them, most everyone (especially students) think they can't live without one. Lines for usage are blurred for students who have no memory of never having a portable phone to use. This lesson is designed for upper middle and high students to examine ethical, moral and health issues involving cell phone use.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Environmental Issues Scrapbook and Podcast
Description: Over the duration of a semester students will collect newspaper and magazine articles related to environmental issues. Students will compose a scrapbook of articles. Students will choose two topics to record and share with the class.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), 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 (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), 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 (5 - 6), 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."


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K), 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 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 English Language Arts (3), 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 (4), 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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), 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


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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.


ALEX Podcasts


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Character Rocks!
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Students perform a song about showing good character.  Students also recite a character pledge, while pictures illustrate that pledge.


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Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty
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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.


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A book review on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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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.


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Philosophy for Kids
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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. 


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Rockin' into Responsibility
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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. 


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Superchamp: A Superhero of Character
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Superchamp is a superhero that teaches students about good character traits.


Web Resources


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Good Character
http://www.goodchara...
This site includes teaching guides with discussion questions, writing assignments, and student activities for character education for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Lesson Plans


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Digital Citizenship Pledge (3-5)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students collaborate in creating a digital citizenship pledge outlining their collective social norms for exploring in and interacting with the digital world. Following this lesson, students will be able to establish expectations and norms for the group related to appropriate online behavior, participate responsibly and respectfully in an online community, and collaborate on a classroom motto about digital citizenship.

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Common Sense Media: College Bound
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students view elements of two students’ digital footprints and consider how the footprints might affect those students’ admission to college. Students then discuss what kinds of information they would want included in their own digital footprints, and learn strategies for shaping a positive online presence. *Aligned with Common Core standards. *Lessons available on the webpage *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

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Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students watch the documentary-style video “Stacey’s Story – When Rumors Escalate,” in which a girl reflects on what it was like to be the target of cyberbullying. Students will analyze online bullying behaviors that “cross the line,” describe the various ways that students can be cyberbullied, adopt the point of view of teens who have been cyberbullied, and offer solutions.

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Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students reflect on what it means to be brave and to stand up for others. They fill out the "Why Care? Student Handout", create a diagram of the players involved, and generate ideas about how bystanders can become upstanders. They then identify concrete solutions for dealing with cyberbullying situations.

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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Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students watch the documentary-style video “Stacey’s Story – When Rumors Escalate,” in which a girl reflects on what it was like to be the target of cyberbullying. Students will analyze online bullying behaviors that “cross the line,” describe the various ways that students can be cyberbullied, adopt the point of view of teens who have been cyberbullied, and offer solutions.

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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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