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Lesson Plans (6) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (20) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) 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. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Listening Comprehension Read Aloud- Who Was Ruby Bridges?
Description: Listening to narrative text offers students a chance to go beyond decoding and word meaning. Listening as the teacher reads a story gives gives students an opportunity to appreciate, draw significance and meaning as well as informal practice using  story elements. Listening read-a-louds gives the teacher the opportunity to model "close" reading skills as well as model thinking. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history.  The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions.  Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Biography Project: Exploring the Past in 21st Century Ways
Description: Through this project-based lesson, students will do research on and create an oral presentation based on the life of an influential Famous American. Students will utilize various means to glean information, from online databases, various websites, and age-appropriate biographical literature to prepare for the final product: a "Living Wax Museum." Students will determine the most relevant information to write a script presented in the form of an oral presentation. The presentations will also be recorded and published as a podcast for sharing on the teacher's website.


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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Sailing the World on the USS Alabama
Description: This inquiry based lesson gives students the opportunity to acquire and practice map skills while applying the knowledge to real life experience based on the USS Alabama Battleship.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Five Senses- How They Relate to Our World
Description: This lesson will demonstrate and incorporate the use of the five senses. Through hands-on and exploratory experiences, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the five senses. Students will also gain an awareness of the limitations for those who do not have use of all of their senses. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 10)
Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, ROUTE TO FREEDOM
Description: This activity will require the teacher and student to travel throughout the school and its buildings as they travel the underground railroad. As they travel they will stop at safe houses, rest and eat before they proceed finally crossing the Ohio River to freedom.


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Title: President Voki
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Each student will select a previous President to research information about.  Then students will visit www.voki.com and create an avatar that represents the President they selected.  They will then talk through the microphone to tell the information they gathered on their selected President.


ALEX Podcasts


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 15: Sacagewea
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Sacagewea!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 12: Jackie Kennedy Onassis  
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans.  Each student chose which famous American to research.  They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report.  On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life.  Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life.  We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis!


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 13: Mae Jemison
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Mae Jemison!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 14: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 16: Shirley Chisholm
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Shirley Chisholm!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 17: Theodore Roosevelt
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Theodore Roosevelt!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 18: Thomas Edison
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Thomas Edison!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 19: Walt Disney
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Walt Disney!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 6: Davy Crockett
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Davy Crockett.    


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 7: Dolley Madison
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Dolley Madison!


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 8: Dwight Eisenhower
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Dwight Eisenhower!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 11: Helen Keller
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Helen Keller.


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 3: Amelia Earhart
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Amelia Earhart.


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Living Museum Podcasting Project: Famous Americans come to life!
Overview:
This podcast series incorporates second grade students' research, use of technology and presentation of historical figures.  Students self selected a Famous American to be the focus of their project.  They researched them in class using laptops and the Alabama Virtual Library.  Each student checked out and read a biography of their chosen American.  The students then wrote a 1-2 page report detailing the important events of the life of their American including what this person did to make a difference.  On a predetermined day, each student came dressed as their Famous American and our "Living Museum" was opened!  Students gave speeches sharing the main events of their life to an audience filled with delighted parents and friends.


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Living Museum: Episode 1: Abraham Lincoln
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the students work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Abraham Lincoln's life is recorded via video.


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Living Museum Podcast Episode 2: Alexander Graham Bell
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the student's work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Alexander Graham Bell's life is recorded via video.


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 4: Benjamin Franklin
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This podcast exhibits the students work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Benjamin Franklin's life is recorded via video  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 5: Betsy Ross
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the students work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Betsy Ross' life is recorded via video.


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 9: Eleanor Roosevelt
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the student's work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Eleanor Roosevelt's life is recorded via video.  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 10: George Washington
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the student's work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of George Washington's life is recorded via video.


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Informational Materials


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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamer...
Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.     
Description: After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.     
Description: Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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