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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Conserve It To Preserve It
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to sustain natural resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Envision, Enhance, Enjoy
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Alabama's state parks will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (4 - 6), or Social Studies (4 - 5)
Title: Forest Habitat (Little River Canyon National Preserve)  
Description: Little River Canyon National Preserve's habitat is an Eastern Deciduous Forest. There are a variety of trees and animal life within this biome. It experiences seasonal changes in temperature and precipitation.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Brochure
Description: In this lesson students will learn about the state in which they live by using child-friendly Web sites to collect facts and pictures about Alabama.


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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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Design a Regional ''Eco Park''     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the Internet to find out about the plants and animals that live in their local area. They design eco parks containing local plants and animals. If there is time, teachers may have students extend their research into the real world by doing some outdoor observations near school or their homes. This lesson is based on the National Geographic feature titled Wild World.
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: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Antarctica: A Cold Desert Ecosystem     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students construct a rough map of Antarctic ecosystems and explore relationships among the creatures that populate them. This lesson can be adapted to focus on other regions, including the one in which you live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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Stepping Back in Time at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama
Overview:
This podcast gives an overview of the founding and contents of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama in Troy, Alabama. The Pioneer Museum is the state recognized Pioneer museum.  It features 17 historic buildings and 18,000 + artifacts which tell the story of rural, agricultural Alabama.  The museum offers special programs which are geared to the interested public, as well as, students.


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The 5 Geographic Regions of Alabama
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This is a concise unit plan that teaches the characteristics of the five geographic regions in the State of Alabama. The culminating activity requires students to work in groups to create a brochure of their assigned region. A rubric is included.

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