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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. Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pyramids on the Nile
Description: As part of a unit on ancient studies, students will create a pyramid explaining the ancient Egyptian civilization.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: It's a Dig!
Description: Students will construct their own archaeological dig site to share with fellow students.  Students will investigate "artifacts" to identify the owner of the mock dig site.


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Subject: Social Studies (4 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Prehistoric Connection
Description: This lesson plan is an adaptation of Activity 92 from Project Learning Tree. Students will research the four prehistoric time periods and compare and contrast them with their lives. By doing this, they will recognize the difference between simple subsistence living and modern technology-based living. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.  


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Social Studies (8)
Title: Equations Gone Crazy
Description: In this lesson, students will work with one-step and two-step equations.  They will create and solve both types of equations.  Students will also research ancient number systems and write, solve and check their equations using the ancient number system of their choice.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Life in Old Babylonia: The Importance of Trade     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students explore the trade industry in Old Babylonia and its far-flung influence. Trade was critical to Old Babylonia, where many highly prized natural resources were scarce but agricultural goods were in surplus.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Why Are There Cities? A Historical Perspective     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a five-part unit, looks at the conditions that led to the development of early cities, as well as some of the factors that caused the decline of early cities. Students visit a variety of online sites to see pictures and perform activities. They bring their learning back home again in the summary exercises that focus on their personal family histories and the history of their local urban ecosystems.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Arts - Architecture - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Mystery of the Scroll: Ancient Egyptian Culture and Geography     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore how geographical features, both physical and cultural, of a place can give us insights into the lives of the people who have settled there, with Egypt as the primary example. Students use maps to examine the design and location of ancient Egypt's tombs and pyramids. They examine cultural and geographic evidence as clues for understanding the structure and placement of these historical landmarks. They then explore the implications of caring for these structures in the future.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Making a Mummy the Natural Way     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students examine the relationship between climate and the mummification process in ancient Egypt and other parts of the world. Students conclude by writing paragraphs suggesting ways archaeologists and climatologists can work together to study mummies.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Emergence and Evolution of the Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson, intended for use in the teaching of world history in the middle grades, is designed to help students appreciate the parallel development and increasing complexity of writing and civilization in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys in ancient Mesopotamia. Students explore the emergence and evolution of cuneiform writing and how it affected Mesopotamian civilization.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Ethnic NewsWatch Introduction
Overview:
This podcast introduces the Ethnic NewsWatch database from the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Interactives/Games


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Ancient Greece Jeopardy
http://www.quia.com/...
Play Jeopardy with questions about Ancient Greece. This is great to build background for a unit on Greek mythology.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Birth of Writing     
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, uses a timeline and a series of questions to guide students in learning about the Cradle of Civilization and birth of writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ancient Egyptian Scroll     
Description: This student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, has students decipher an ancient Egyptian scroll to figure out which Egyptian cities are referred to in the scroll. In the lesson, students learn about the landmarks of the three areas referred to in the scroll.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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