ALEX Lesson Plans
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 (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 Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Christmas Around The World
Description: This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.
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 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)
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 English Language Arts (K - 2)
Title: Reading and Writing about Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo by Kelly Graves
Description: This lesson provides literature-based reading and writing activities for special education and early elementary students. This lesson may also be used to illustrate the character education traits tolerance, self-respect and compassion.
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.
Bully Proof Song
In this music video, students provide information on bullying and ways to cope with bullying. Personal anecdotes are included in the video. In these, students discuss why students bully and how bullying makes them feel. Bully Proof was written by a group of 8th grade students that have been bullied and are now advocates for those who are bullied. The song was inspired by the music and lyrics of BulletProof by LaRoux.
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.
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.
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