ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Amazing Alabama
Description: Follow along with our roving reporters as they travel Alabama from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the shores of the Gulf Coast.
Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Montgomery Field Trip Tour Book
Description: During this lesson, students explore the functions of our government through the Internet, slideshow presentations, and by visiting Alabama's capital city of Montgomery. Students will use their field trip as a guide to create a tour book of the government in Montgomery.
Subject: Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Divided Nation
Description: Students will explore the sectional differences between the North and the South that ultimately led to the southern secession. Students will learn what is meant by secession and which states seceded, the country they formed, its capital, and whom they elected president. Students will create a PowerPoint Presentation, a brochure, and possibly a newsletter using computer software presenting information they have learned.
Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: State Jeopardy - How Much Do You Know About My State?
Description: This lesson is a distance learning collaborative project involving another school. Each school will do research on the other school's state and be able to answer questions about that state posed by the other school. Students learn not only about another state, but about their own in formulating questions to stump their opponents.
Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Tour of Birmingham: WebQuest
Description: This inquiry-based project will provide opportunities for students to learn about the history of Birmingham. Students will discover the variety tourist attractions in Birmingham, Alabama.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Sharing Your Town's History
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to the concept of historic preservation and asked to find out about places of historic significance in their town. Students create pamphlets or Web pages that showcase some of these places. Ideally, they try to get their pamphlets distributed to the community or have local organizations link to their Web pages.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Amazing Animoto
Digital Tool: Animoto
Digital Tool Description: Animoto is a website and app where people can create videos using pictures and videos to share with others. The first step in making a video consists of selecting pictures and or videos from the computer or any social media site that they have an account on. Once the pictures or videos are selected, then the person starts to customize the video. The video can be customized by using music, styles, or words. When all of the customizing is completed, then the video is shared so others can enjoy their creation. There are two options that are available when creating a video. The person can either create a 30 second video for free or pay $5 to create a longer video.
This activity teaches the definition of discrimination in a way that is relatable for small children. Students will then talk about Civil Rights and how African Americans were discriminated. Teacher will check for understanding with a game from the lesson plan fair and unfair.
This teaching guide helps teachers guide students through the civil rights movement.
Lunch Counter and Freedom Riders
This is a Civil Rights Museum exhibit on the lunch counter and freedom riders.
Eyes on the Prize
This is a video clip of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the Civil Rights Movement.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This documentary demonstrates the mistreatment of African Americans between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.
Alabama African American History Calendar Project
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.