ALEX Lesson Plans
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 (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 (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's Great to be ME!
Description: This lesson addresses the similarities and differences among people. Incorporating the literature of Eric Carle and a virtual field trip focusing on healthy habits and the five senses, students will have a greater sense of their connection to each other.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leaders of Our School
Description: During the first weeks of school, students will be introduced to the administration and faculty within the school. Students will conduct an interview to determine the role of each individual in creating and maintaining a thriving learning environment. Using a digital camera and presentation software, students will record each interview, along with a digital photograph, of the school leader. Students will present the slideshow presentation during Open House. From this lesson, students will better comprehend the importance of the leadership and teamwork within our school.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What's in a Name: Graphing Lesson
Description: During this lesson, students will learn to graph information. After reading, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, students will discuss the length of their names. Students will learn to graph their names and compare their names to others.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: The Giving Tree
Description: During this lesson, students will learn important facts about trees. They will also learn the importance of friendships. The students will listen to the story, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and create a chart of events that take place in the story. The students will navigate a website to learn how to protect trees and how trees help us.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8)
Title: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
Description: By linking the experiences of the character Charlie Gordon to other characters and to themselves, students demonstrate through class discussion and journal writing their understanding and interpretation of the short story "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.
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)
Title: Let's Be Friends
Description: Buddies, pals, amigos - whatever you call them, friends are an important part of life. These beginning-of-the-year unit activities will give kindergarten students an opportunity to consider what friendship is all about.
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 Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: The One-Minute Praise
Description: The lesson will show the importance of positive stroking (feedback) for behavior modification. Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager)suggests we "catch people doing something right." To quote Lord Chesterfield's advice: "Make a person like himself/herself a little better and I promise he/she will like you very well indeed."
Subject: Character Education (K - 12)
Title: Friendship is Fun!
Description: Students will explore the concept of friendship in order to promote class unity. Some of the areas to be included are characteristics of friends, differences of individuals, and examples of ways to be a good friend. The class will complete several technology-based projects based on friendship. The culminating activity for the unit is an activity involving parents.
ALEX Learning Activities
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.
Stop Bullying Now!
With pictures and student testimonials, students encourage others to stop bullying.
This podcast will show examples of ways not to bully. Kindness and respect are emphasized instead.
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.
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.
Bullying vs The Golden Rule
"Bullying vrs The Golden Rule" gives examples of making positive choices and how your choices effect others, either positively or negatively . The Stars show and discuss character traits that will help you follow the golden rule and NOT be a bully.
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.