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demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) 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: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Dewey Decimal Goes to Math Class
Description: Math students take an onsite field trip to the library (media center) to meet the Dewey decimal system.   An "Essential Question" will be used to a set the purpose for understanding why we use the dewey decimal system. Students will compare and order decimals based on the dewey decimal system.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Genre Who? Identifying Various Fiction Genres
Description: In this lesson students will be introduced to six different fiction genres. They will then practice their knowledge of these genres through a review game.


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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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Locating With The LCC
Description: The parts of the LCC call numbers are taught in this lesson using colored index cards to represent the four parts. Students will be able to recognize what each part of the call number stands for.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Library of Congress Solitaire
Description: After viewing a tutorial of the Outline and Call Numbers of the LC Classification system, students will create posters using a picture or graphic to identify the 21 general subject areas. Students then visit a college library online to gather titles of books from their subject area. They will create "playing cards" of their books using index cards. The index cards would include their book title, author, and call number. After each group has completed this task, they will play a game placing the correct "playing card" onto it's corresponding subject area poster--note they would only be allowed to place their card on the poster if thier call number was after the card already on the poster--just like in Solitaire.


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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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Alabama's Five Capitals and First Governors
Description: Students will research the five sites of Alabama's capital and the first governors of the state. They will create a presentation including the physical location of each site and the political and geographic reasons the site was chosen and abandoned, if applicable. The presentation will also include information about the (or a) governor that served while the capital was at the specific location they are researching.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Solving the Puzzle to the Dewey Decimal System
Description: This lesson is a hands-on approach to learning the ten main categories of the Dewey Decimal System in the school’s media center. The lesson is appropriate for fourth and fifth grade students. Students will work in pairs to find missing puzzle pieces already strategically place in books listed under the ten main categories.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Baseball Rocks!
Description: Through videoconferencing, two classes battle out their knowledge of rocks and minerals and the rock cycle by playing baseball. Each class completes a unit on rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle which includes gathering facts from print and non-print resources, classroom activities, and experiments. Each class then creates PowerPoint slides with questions (and answers) to pitch to the opposing team. The teams meet on the videoconference playing field to determine which class is the champion of rocks! The virtual baseball game serves as the culminating activity of a unit on rocks.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous Alabamians
Description: In this lesson, students will use print and non-print reference sources to examine the lives of famous Alabamians and their contributions to our society.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Laws, They Are A-Changin'
Description: This unit will cover the key people, places, and events of the Civil Rights Movement. The students will create a Powerpoint presentation, a brochure, and a website so that they can use and extend their technology skills. They will also use and extend their research skills in this process.


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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.


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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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (2), 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Copyright Laws and What They Mean To You - Don't Get Branded With the "P" of Plagiarism!
Description: This lesson teaches an overview of copyright laws and the consequences of plagiarism. Students practice paraphrasing short passages and identifying instances of plagiarism.


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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.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Website Evaluation
Description: Utilizing a graphic organizer, students work individually and in groups to rank websites according to specific criteria.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: African-American Scientists and Inventors
Description: Besides George Washington Carver, what other African-Americans made contributions to American life? The class will explore the careers of famous and not-so-famous African-American scientists and inventors. Also, they will plan and present a slideshow on five of these individuals and explain why each is significant.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Shopping with the Dewey Decimal System
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the ten main categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The Dewey Decimal Classification System will be compared with the familiar layout of a grocery store. Students will organize grocery store items into related groups. This process will then be compared to the organization of books using the Dewey Decimal System.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Looking at Conestoga Wagons
Description: This lesson combines information literacy and technology skills with subject area skills. It is designed to be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. The topic of conestoga wagons is reseached from the perspective of a scientist, mathematician, English teacher, artist, geographer, engineer, or historian.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Understanding and Using Boolean Operators
Description: After an introduction to the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, parenthesis and NEAR, students practice searches using a worksheet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or English Language Arts (8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Introduction to African American Poets
Description: In this lesson student groups will research selected African American poets using the Alabama Virtual Library. Each group will present its findings according to a chosen format.


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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: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spine Labels - What are they and why are they there?
Description: This is a first or second grade library skills unit, conducted by the librarian with help from the art, computer, and homeroom teachers. Students will create: their own book cover and title page containing title, author & slideshow template; and one part of a class web page. It is possible to use only certain parts of this unit as a stand-alone lesson for use in the library, however, standards addressed assume completion of entire unit.


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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.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creature Comforts
Description: What do living things need to survive? In this unit, students explore different habitats and the adaptations made by living things to survive. Students will create a website matching an animal’s adaptations to its environment. Then, they will contribute a slide to a multimedia presentation of imaginary creatures and their adaptations to a habitat.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: United States Virtual Tour Guide
Description: Groups/pairs of students will create a short digital slide presentation and travel brochure on one of the 50 U.S. states. They will do research in encyclopedias/atlases and on the Internet to include information on geography, official state information (state bird, flower, song, etc.), and a travel destination within that state. Presentations can be combined to create one slideshow covering all 50 states.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Description: This lesson will focus on how bills become laws. This interdisciplinary lesson combines social studies, language arts and reading skills and concepts. Students will research the topic through the Internet and other digital resources and then present information gathered orally and visually.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Technology and You
Description: In this lesson students will use the Internet to find examples of how technology has impacted human lives. They will then determine of what value these are to their own lives.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Introduction to Ayn Rand Using Online Resources
Description: Students will research Ayn Rand, a contemporary novelist, for biographical information and for her personal philosophy as a prelude to reading her novel, Anthem. Students will partner to gather information via online databases and will discuss findings in a group setting.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Using an Almanac
Description: Students will work in groups to learn appropriate uses of an almanac and how to find information in it efficiently and effectively. Each group will be responsible for explaining the steps taken to complete the task. This lesson is best used with fourth and fifth grades.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Censorship in the Classroom: Understanding Controversial Issues     
Description: Students examine propaganda and media bias, research a variety of banned and challenged books, choose a side of the censorship issue, and support their position through an advertising campaign.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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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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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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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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Perfect Inventions=Perfect World
Overview:
My students have been studying ancient civilizations and their influence on history.  During our study we took a close look at the achievements of the Chinese, the Greek, and the Romans.  We realized that these three civilizations provided people with amazing inventions and languages.  We used this knowledge to write our own version of the book Perfect Inventions Perfect World (2000) by Holly Springs Elementary. The students "invented" items to improve our world and named them with words of either Greek or Latin origin. 


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Evaluating Online Information
http://www.uen.org/L...
A website evaluation PowerPoint and form to help your students assess the value of an online resource.

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Common Sense Media: Identifying High-Quality Sites (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
In this Common Sense Media lesson, students discuss how print materials (books and newspaper or magazine articles) are published. Then they compare and contrast this process with publishing on the Internet, learning that there are no built-in checks for accuracy or quality on the Internet. Therefore, they must use their own criteria to judge the trustworthiness and usefulness of websites. After this lesson, students will be able to understand how the ease of publishing on the Internet might affect how much they can trust the content of some sites, learn criteria that will help them evaluate websites, and apply the criteria to a site to determine how trustworthy and useful it is.

Podcasts


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What is a Blog?
http://www.brainpop....
This animated video from BrainPOP explores the idea of blogging (what is a blog? a blogger? how does someone publish a blog?) The high production value makes for an engaging video; there are also links to related activities, lesson plans, and a quiz. *This video is free and can be viewed without setting up an account.

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Creative Commmons Search
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Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

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Do you know your news? CNN Student News
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Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

Teacher Tools


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Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creati...
Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

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