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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
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. 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).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Look at Our Natural Environment
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research, analyze, and collect data on how the natural environment influenced the Native Americans long ago, and how it still influences us today. Using information gathered from the Internet, each student group will create a multimedia presentation and share it with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Settling the West: Westward Expansion
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to experience the westward expansion through literature and the Internet. By creating a brochure and a slideshow presentation, students will become aware of the difficulties people faced through their travels.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Expedition to the Poles     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students pretend they've just returned from a year in the Arctic or Antarctic. They look at Web sites about these regions and expeditions to them and create posters illustrating their experiences. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining what it would be like to visit the polar region that they did not focus on in this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - General Science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: From Boomtown to Ghost Town     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss how a specific economic activity in a region can facilitate the creation of towns, which often turn into ghost towns if the economic activity ends. They create posters or booklets showing the '' '' life cycle'' '' of a mining town, from before its foundation to its status as ghost town.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The United States at Night     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students look at a map of Russia as seen at night, showing the lights that indicate settlement patterns. They then look at United States maps to figure out what the U.S. might look like at night and they draw U.S. maps illustrating their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Town in the Past, Present, and Future     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), and create a plan to educate the community about this issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: History Through Headlines     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students match historical newspaper headlines to cities based on online research and place them in chronological order. This activity helps them learn how cities have changed over time, and about how specific geographical surroundings affect the way we live our lives.
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: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Oh, Give Me a Home     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson explores ways in which the environment influences the design and construction of homes around the world. Students explore how the physical environment, including weather and climate, influences building styles and the availability of building materials.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: There's No Place Like Home     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson uses children's literature and maps to explore reasons for past and present settlement. Students give various reasons people in the past or present have chosen to settle and live in different regions of the United States. They also complete a map that traces a migration route of a pioneer family by using information from children's literature or from historical records.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Top Ten Cities     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify and study the most populous cities in their state, province, or country. They also learn about population distributions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Crowded Are Our States?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students combine information from statistics and maps to find out about world and national population characteristics. They determine which countries and states appear to be particularly crowded and which states are sparsely populated. They conclude by discussing what it might be like to live in a very crowded or a very sparsely populated state.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: State Population Projections     
Description: In Illuminations lesson plan, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations about population projection, students examine the United States Census Bureau Web site to investigate projections of the total population of states from 1995 to 2025. Using the provided data, students analyze statistics from five states of their choice, develop specific research questions using the data, and create three graphs to compare and contrast the information.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Mapping Your State's Culture     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the concept of culture. They learn about interesting aspects of their state's culture, including arts, recreation, folklore, and cultural diversity. Finally, students design thematic maps showing some of the most interesting cultural features of their state.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History
Title: Make State Maps With MapMachine     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they then make their own maps of another state of their choice. They list their observations of the two states maps and then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they have seen.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: National Population Projections     
Description: In this lesson plan, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations about population projection, students examine the United States Census Bureau Web site to investigate national population projections from 1990-2100. Using the five provided pyramids, students analyze the data to determine how the population is distributed over time and explain what factors might contribute to these trends.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: ' '' On The Road Again'' '' : Moving People, Products, and Ideas     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn to identify modes of transportation and communication for moving people, products, and ideas from place to place. Students also learn the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation. This lesson investigates ways in which global interdependence is altering traditional trade patterns, and encourages students to speculate on future world economic development.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Interactives/Games


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Experience Jamestown Online
http://www.historygl...
Online Jamestown is an interactive game for students. Students make choices about surviving in a new world. Website requires Flash 7. You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony: Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice.

Learning Activities


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Teacher Tools


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: History Through Headlines     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students match historical newspaper headlines to cities based on online research and place them in chronological order. This activity helps them learn how cities have changed over time, and about how specific geographical surroundings affect the way we live our lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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