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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Jet, Set, Go! Travel Google Earth in Ben's Dream
Description: This lesson uses the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg Ben’s Dream with Google Earth to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. After reading and discussing Ben’s Dream, students "travel" to each location using the free software Google Earth. Students will then be put into small groups by the teacher to research one specific landmark using the tools available on Google Earth (i.e., snapshots, Wikipedia links, etc.). Using their research skills, students locate these famous landmarks, conduct further research on them, and share that information with the class.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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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: Bird Migration
Description: This lesson teaches bird migration by using the award winning Caldecott Medal honor book: Make Way for Ducklings. It accesses a website to give a history of the book and the plot. It promotes student interaction through discussion, internet information and activities to include computer games, videos, and color sheets.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: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Coral Reefs
Description: This lesson defines what a coral reef is and how it affects society. It addresses the fact that oceans take up three-fourths of the earth's surface. This lesson also addresses how coral reefs help people and how people can help protect coral reefs.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: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Readers' Theatre for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Description: This readers' theatre of Verna Aardema's Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain crosses the curriculum to incorporate language arts, social studies, and science objectives. Students will become familiar with the text of the story and then present the story as a play with parts.


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Subject: Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fifty States Project
Description: Students will follow simple research steps in the school media center and on the Internet to complete a poster on an assigned state by identifying the state's symbols and agricultural products.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Protecting Africa's Wildlife     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider how people affect the natural environment in their home area and in Africa. They learn about two African habitats (the savanna and the rain forest) and some of the animals that live there. They focus particularly on how cheetahs and chimpanzees make use of their habitats. They conclude by creating posters to encourage people to protect the savanna and the rain forest, as well as the animals in the area where they live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Life in the Mountains     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the idea that people in different parts of the world have different customs and habits of daily life, even if they live in similar landscapes. They view pictures of and discuss life in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal and write stories describing what it might be like to live in the mountains of Nepal.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can We Keep the Lake Clean?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Mathematics - Arithmetic - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Introduction to Latitude and Longitude     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to latitude and longitude. They look at lines of latitude and longitude on a United States map and discuss the reasons why these lines are helpful. They also discuss the ways that temperatures vary with latitude and consider what type of clothing they might wear at specific latitudes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: A Vacation To The Polar Regions     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the characteristics of the Arctic and Antarctic by looking at a globe and by examining pictures of the polar landscape and of animals that inhabit polar regions. They plan a vacation to one of these regions and draw pictures or write stories depicting themselves on the trip.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biology - Science - Physics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: No Magic Borders     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how important it is to take care of our land and protect it from pollution. They explain the terms pollution, borders, and boundaries. They then discuss the purposes and limitations of borders on public lands and identify some of the causes and effects of pollution and discuss whether borders effectively keep pollution out of public lands.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior - Social Studies - Human Relations
Title: Personal Boundaries and Forbidden Places     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the concept of boundaries between places--in this case, places where they are welcome versus places where they are unwelcome. Students describe the boundaries they are familiar with in their daily lives, such as places in their towns or homes where they re not allowed to go, and discuss how they feel when they re told not to go somewhere. They map their town and label the places that are off-limits to them. They conclude by writing paragraphs or drawing pictures of places they d like to visit someday.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Recycled Materials     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students are introduced to the idea that some materials can be recycled. They investigate the types of materials that can be reused, as well as potential uses for each type of recyclable material.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Take Action! Steward Our Land     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students and their families are encouraged to become stewards of the public lands. Included are ideas on how families can learn more about their local public lands and develop an appreciation for them in both their young and older children.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Take Action! Steward Our Land     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students and their families are encouraged to become stewards of the public lands. Included are ideas on how families can learn more about their local public lands and develop an appreciation for them in both their young and older children.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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