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Lesson Plans (7) 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. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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. Learning Assets (4)


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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Coming to America!
Description: Delve into living conditions of tenement housing for immigrants in New York in the 19th century with this lesson.  Students research and use primary sources to create a digital PhotoStory of an immigrant family of their choice. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6)
Title: Save the Forest
Description: President Theodore Roosevelt believed in the need for conservation and was called America's first environmental president. What steps did he take to help preserve the environment and its natural resources? Today we can enjoy the beauty of our nation in national parks like the Little River Canyon National Preserve. 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 (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to All?
Description: This lesson is designed to be taught after an introduction to immigration history or as a culminating activity. This is a hands-on, technology-based lesson that relates a student's individual immigration history to the boom of immigration in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. This lesson also gives students insight into the rise of anti-immigrant feelings in the United States during this time period.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Cultural Change     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students examine some of the arguments used to win the vote for American women and explore the cultural dimension of these arguments as reflected in their characterization of men and women. In addition, students weigh the rhetorical impact these arguments had in their time by writing counter-arguments from several standpoints, and think critically about the relationship between political ideas and cultural attitudes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: Breaking it Down with Bio Cubes
Digital Tool: Cube Creator
Digital Tool Description: The Cube Creator is a great way for students to learn about important people in history.  It provides a worksheet for student planning.This is a great tool to help students learn about what the person did, who they were, how they affected society, what was important about them, and why they accomplished their goals. 


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Title: Welcome to Ellis Island!
Digital Tool: Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
Digital Tool Description: Follow the immigrants' footsteps by taking this tour. You'll hear first hand stories told by people who came through Ellis Island; see historical photographs and films; read fascinating facts; and discover the central role this station played in the story of American immigration. Summary by: teacher.scholastic.com website


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Title: Coming to America Through Ellis Island
Digital Tool: Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
Digital Tool Description: This digital tool is an interactive virtual tour of Ellis Island.  Students will travel through the rooms of Ellis Island, learn the purpose for each room, see primary documents and photos, and hear stories from actual immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island.


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Title: The Ship of Dreams......Under Construction
Digital Tool: Building Titanic InteractiveTimeline
Digital Tool Description: Experience the incredible history of the Titanic, one of mankind's most remarkable feats of engineering. This richly visual and comprehensive interactive takes you on a magnificent trip through time to witness the historic ship come to life in the Belfast shipyards of Harland & Wolff. And as you travel, don't forget to stop at key milestones along to way to explore the many fascinating stories behind this enduring marvel.(Description provided by National Geographic)


ALEX Podcasts


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Teddy Roosevelt
Overview:
The accomplishments of Teddy Roosevelt by a 6th grade student


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamer...
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.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.     
Description: Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.     
Description: Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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