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Lesson Plans (11) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (8) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or Career Cluster Electives (9 - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: I Owe, I Owe, So Off to Work I Go! Calculating College Cost Repayment, Budgeting, and Finding Loan Forgiveness Sources
Description: Students often attend college and are faced with the mounting debt incurred from student loans.  This lesson plan will guide through calculating repayment for students loans, preparing a monthly budget, and researching options for possible loan forgiveness. This lesson plan contains a financial aid component.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Classify with the Library of Congress
Description: Students will learn about the Library of Congress Classification System by viewing online tutorials.Students will create visual aids to communicate an understanding of the system. Students will use the LCC to locate and organize books.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Why Not?
Description: This week long unit designed for 7th grade students focuses on issues related to substance abuse. Both short and long term effects on health are examined to help students discover valid reasons Why Not to abuse drugs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: In preparation for independent research projects, students in small groups practice proper citation and familiarize themselves with Alabama Virtual Library databases using a graphic organizer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Twentieth Century Resumes
Description: Students will use the Alabama Virtual Library and other reference materials available in the library to create a resume for a twentieth century historical figure from United States history, science, or literature. The lesson is designed as a cooperative project between the classroom teacher and the library media specialist.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Know the Dewey: That's a Rap
Description: Middle school students develop an understanding of the organization of the library through demonstration, creative writing, book searches, and Internet use.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dream Vacation
Description: This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technology-based project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science
Title: Black Holes     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson introduces students to the science of black holes. Students examine the anatomy of a black hole using diagrams and also explore myths, the history related to the discovery of black holes, and an animated trip to the center of a black hole. Students also read about different types of black holes and view actual Hubble images that support the hypothesis of black holes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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The Big6 - Skill 1 Task Definition
Overview:
The Big6 is a process model to help people solve their information problems. Developed by information literacy educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is a way to teach information and technology skills, or research skills, to our students. In this video you are introduced to the Big6 skills by viewing an analogy between baking and doing research. In this video you are introduced to Skill 1 - Task Definition or "What do we need to do?"


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database Part 2
Overview:
The podcast is designed to provide instruction on utilizing the Student Research Center Database. Viewers will learn how to filter search results and save viewed articles into a folder. This podcast should be viewed after watching Part 1 Navigating the Alabama Research Center Student Research Center Database.


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Person Search - Kids Info Bits
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This video tutorial shows students how to search for a famous person using the Alabama Virtual Library. Kids InfoBits is a database that is geared toward students in third through fifth grades. Kids InfoBits is used during this search for the famous athlete Cal Ripken, Jr.  The various articles found within this database have symbols provided that let the researcher know the reading level. 


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
Overview:
This podcast is designed to help famaliarize users with the Student Research Center Database. This podcast mainly focuses on perfoming a basic search and editing user preferences.


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Intro to SIRS Discoverer
Overview:
This podcast provides a brief introduction to SIRS Discover database from the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Discovering the Library!
Overview:
In this podcast, I am trying to get the students excited about coming into the Library.  I am trying to promote library usage by the students. I want the students to see the library as a place they can come, visit, and  learn about new and exciting things. I want the students to see that the library can be a fun place, not just a dull and uneventful room.  I want the students to visualize a happy, relaxing, informative room that they can't wait to come and visit. 


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Dear John By: Nicholas Sparks - Book Trailer
Overview:
Book trailer for Nicholas Sparks' book Dear John. This video can be used to increase circulation of the book from the library or to introduce the book to students.


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Peggy Parish: Author Study
Overview:
Author Study of Peggy Parish, author of Amelia Bedelia children's books.


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Lesson Plans


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Do you have a book? I don't know, Dewey?
http://www.learnnc.o...
Activities and assessments designed to teach students about the Dewey Decimal System.

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Going Places Safely on the Computer (K-2)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience the power of the Internet to take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. They learn that they should follow safety rules when they travel online, just as when traveling in the real world. *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

Informational Materials


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Campus Visit Checklist
http://www.nacacnet....
Not everything you need to know about a college or university campus is included on the PR tour. This checklist provides a list of formal and informal activities that students' may use to gain a realistic view of the campus culture.

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Guide to the College Admission Process
http://www.nacacnet....
This informational booklet from the National Association of College Admission Counselors presents a comprehensive look at the college admission process from preparations for application and application construction to acceptance/rejection letter receipt.

Learning Activities


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College Comparison Worksheet
http://www.nacacnet....
This graphic organizer will help students to directly compare qualities and characteristics of three colleges and universities, thus enabling them to distinguish important similarities and differences.

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Do you know your news? CNN Student News
http://www.cnn.com/s...
Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

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