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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (4) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) 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.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies (5)
Title: "Tools of the Trade"
Description: Students will research tools that were used in Colonial tradeshops to determine how the tools were used during the 18th century. During the lesson, the students will have the opportunity to work together with their peers to conduct their research and to share their opinion with their classmates.


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Subject: Science (5 - 7), or Social Studies (5)
Title: Invasive Plants
Description: Invasive plants are non-native plants that grow in an environment that has no native diseases, parasites, or predators. This allows them to grow rapidly and be destructive to native plants.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: Using Primary Sources to Uncover the True Thanksgiving Story
Description: This is an interdisciplinary inquiry-based lesson that focuses on critical thinking.  Students are introduced to the true story of the first Thanksgiving with the reading of a NCSS Notable Trade Book Thanksgiving:  The True Story.  Working in cooperative learning groups, students use primary sources to evaluate the accuracy of the Thanksgiving story currently told in many history textbooks.  This lesson teaches students the importance of using primary sources to construct accurate understandings of historical events.  Extensions in this lesson also integrate science and technology.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Colonial Network News: Ben Franklin Flies a Kite
Description: The students will create a news program about Benjamin Franklin and life in colonial times. The students will work in groups of complete research and prepare a video presentation. Students will utilize books and various web sites to complete their research.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Life in Colonial America
Description: This lesson presents an explanation about who the early colonists were and why they came to America. Students will explore their lives and the economy by navigating the Internet. Students will conclude the lesson by completing a WebQuest about colonial life.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Description: In this lesson students will build on their knowledge of the lost colony of Roanoke. Using the Internet, students will research theories about the disappearance of the colonists and use what they have learned to write and perform a play about an assigned theory. They will incorporate technology by recording the plays and editing them using movie editing software.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Political Cartoon Analysis
Description: Students will review and discuss how to evaluate the symbols and related meanings of political cartoons. The project will involve analyzing a current political cartoon, determining its meaning, and presenting the information to the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Washington, DC Report
Description: Students will utilize the Internet to complete the DC Report during their study of Colonial American history and Washington, DC. They will demonstrate their understanding of the material through a written report using the three modes of writing. (This report may be given in its entirety or it may be broken up into sections.)


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Makes a Hero?     
Description: In this unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore heroes and the traits that make them heroic. Students begin by thinking about their own heroes and list the character traits their heroes possess. Students then explore kid heroes, adults heroes, local heroes, and heroes from history, before completing one of several suggested culminating activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore daily life and its influences in the late 1700s for two families in different colonies: Delaware and Massachusetts. Students use maps to consider the historical and geographical factors in the development of different colonies, research life in two such colonies by investigating artifacts, and write letters to each other from the perspectives of children in the Ipswich, Massachusetts colony and the Mill Creek, Delaware colony.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Traces: Historic Archaeology     
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students recover and analyze artifacts from sites in use from the settlement period to the second half of the 19th century. They look for similarities and differences among the artifacts and the lives they reveal. In conclusion, students look at today's eventual artifacts of the future and consider how we may be viewed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Jamestown Changes     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students study census data showing the names and occupations of early settlers of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, to discern how life changed in the Jamestown settlement in the first few years after it was founded. The goals of this lesson plan are to gain experience gathering information from primary sources, to examine changes over time in conditions at Jamestown as revealed in primary documents from early years in the colony, and to organize a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming War and Finding Peace
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A brief overview of war in the United States and suggestions for preventing future conflicts.


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The French and Indian War
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In this podcast, students will understand that the events of the French and Indian War sparked the anger in the American colonists.  This rage would eventually lead to the American Revolution.


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A Look into Life on a Colonial Farm
Overview:
This podcast is intended to help students get a visual of what life was like during colonial times on a farm. You will be able to view the inside of a colonial farm, in rural Virginia. While looking around the home you will see a working kitchen and be able to listen to a description of some foods being prepared. You will also learn a little bit about the process of preparing flax to be made into clothing. If you are looking for a way to share with your students what life was like this is the podcast for you!


Web Resources


Podcasts


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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

Informational Materials


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History of the Mayflower
http://mayflowerhist...
An informational source with other links related to the Mayflower Voyage. Can be used as a complex text.

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Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholasti...
An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

Interactives/Games


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A Jamestown Adventure
http://kids.national...
On the Trail of Captain John Smith is an interactive game in which students experience the adventures of Jamestown.

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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.

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Growth of a Nation
http://www.animateda...
An interactive resource for teaching different points of growth during Early America. Resource is an animated map with narrated events.

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Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholasti...
An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

Learning Activities


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Growth of a Nation
http://www.animateda...
An interactive resource for teaching different points of growth during Early America. Resource is an animated map with narrated events.

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Immigration Experience Webquest
http://www.zunal.com...
This is a webquest that allows students to research from a first-person perspective the life of new immigrants coming to the United States. Many options are available for students' culminating activity.

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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

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