ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Digital Book Talking: Promoting a School-Wide Appreciation for Literature
Description: Students will work collaboratively to create and produce a digital book talk based on their personal thoughts of a novel. The digital book talk will be shown throughout the school to spark excitement in the book.
Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biographical Poetry
Description: Students will work with a partner to write an original poem using information learned about a person involved in the American Revolution. The students will then share the poems by creating a multimedia slide show.
Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "What do we do? Natural Disasters in the United States"
Description: During the course of this lesson, the students will research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States and what someone should do in the event of that disaster. The teacher and library media specialist will collaborate during the planning, instruction, and research phases of this lesson. The students will take the information they collected and place it on a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. This information should include several pictures that will be located on the Internet. The Library Media Specialist will guide the students through the process of obtaining permission for the use of various images.
Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shoals Area Landmarks and Sites of Interest
Description: In this lesson students choose a local landmark or site located in the Shoals area and research that site's contribution to history. Students demonstrate their knowledge of a specific Shoals area landmark or site by creating various presentations showing why these landmarks and sites attract people from all over the world.
Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comparing Two Fossil Localities
Description: During this lesson students go on a field trip to locate fossils. Students investigate their findings and identify them using resources from the Internet. They then videoconference to compare/contrast their hypotheses with those of another school.
Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Dewey and the Library of Congress: Map and Matching
Description: After reviewing the Dewey Decimal Classification System, students are introduced to the Library of Congress Classification System. Students create a map of a university library that uses the LCCS and demonstrate their understanding of the placement of books in each system by playing a game with the maps they create.
Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Scrapbook Book Report
Description: After reading independently a novel or biography, students in this creative writing activity demonstrate their understanding of characterization and point of view by creating the main character's personal scrapbook.
Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Appreciation of Literature Through Knowledge of Newbery Books - A Unit for the Librarian or Language Arts Teacher
Description: Students will select a Newbery Medal Award book to read. They will complete one of three projects to reflect understanding of the chosen book. Their projects will be presented to the class in an effort to entice other students to read the book. This is a creative way to present a booktalk.
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Looks Like Snow
Description: This lesson uses the book, The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirley Neitzel, to build writing skills as well as introduce students to the skills of alphabetizing, sequencing, and recognizing synonyms. This lesson could be used to integrate a winter weather unit into the Language Arts curriculum.
Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Narnia
Description: This lesson will provide eighth grade Language Arts students with an inquiry-based research project based on C. S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The student will determine the author's purpose in writing this story. This will be accomplished by researching material using the Alabama Virtual Library and Gale Resources.
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Find a Book Review
Digital Tool: GoodReads
Digital Tool Description: Students will search GoodReads for their favorite book.
Using the search results, students can find books similar to the book or author they have searched.
Students can create an account and create books lists including books read, and books to read.
Title: My Number Thoughts
Digital Tool: ABCya WordCloud
Digital Tool Description: This word cloud generator will provide an engagement activity for ALEX Lesson # 32258 It's Number Time.
This online word cloud generator is appropriate for second grade students.
The Big6 - Skill 5
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 5 - Synthesis or "How can we show what we learned?"
The instructional purpose of the Klooz News podcast is to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction and promote an appreciation for literature.
Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database Part 2
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.
Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
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.
Discovering the Library!
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.
Dear John By: Nicholas Sparks - Book Trailer
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.
Peggy Parish: Author Study
Author Study of Peggy Parish, author of Amelia Bedelia children's books.
Jackie Mitchell: The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
Using an interview format, students relay information about Jackie Mitchell, the girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. A picture of Jackie Mitchell introduces the interview, with transitions resembling a Vintage newscast. After the interview, students present children's literature about Jackie Mitchell.