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Lesson Plans (25) 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. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Science (K)
Title: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Description: Students will perform an investigative activity in which they will identify sounds. The teacher will play several different sounds through the computer and sound system. Students will listen and act as "detectives" to relate sounds to sources and make inferences about conditions and/or locations.


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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Groups We Belong To     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students begin to think about and identify different kinds of groups. They see that people are born into certain groups and that they join others. They also explore the circumstances that surround group affiliation and participation.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Is a Tornado?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how tornadoes are formed and why most tornadoes occur in the United States tornado alley. Students also create a tornado in a bottle. Finally, they draw pictures of tornadoes of different shapes and sizes and review basic safety information about what to do in a tornado.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Whooping Cranes and Their Human Friends     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson shows students how people are helping endangered whooping cranes by teaching cranes raised in captivity how to live in the wild and how to migrate. Students view videos or photographs of whooping cranes being raised by mechanical crane-like puppets and being led in their first migration journeys by piloted ultralight aircraft disguised as birds. They conclude by creating timelines showing the process by which whooping cranes are raised in captivity and taught migration routes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Science - Physics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Echoes: What Animals Can Teach Scientists     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn how scientists like Robert Ballard use sonar to investigate the depths of the ocean. They study the echolocation capabilities of bats and think about how ocean scientists can learn from these animals to develop deep-sea exploration techniques.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Fish Aren't Afraid of the Dark!     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to the concept of bioluminescence and consider how animals benefit from having their own light sources. They look at pictures of bioluminescent marine animals and conclude by making collages or writing stories pretending they have just seen bioluminescent animals from a deep sea vehicle.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Health - Safety - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Prepare Yourself!     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces U.S. students to natural hazards that occur across their country and in their home region. They learn where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or severe thunderstorms are likely to occur and find out which type of event is most likely to happen near their home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Elephant Seals on the Beach     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the fact that northern elephant seals, like many animals, select very different locations for different activities. Adult seals spend most of their time swimming around the northeastern Pacific and feeding in deep waters, but they come to shore twice a year to breed, give birth, and molt. Since it's much easier to observe and record elephant seals on the beach than in the ocean, students concentrate on some of these beach activities by viewing photographs and videos of elephant seals. They draw pictures pretending they have visited one of the rookery beaches.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Dinosaur Bodies     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to think about the ways in which living animals use their bodies and the ways in which dinosaurs might have used their bodies, based on fossil evidence and our best educated guesses. They draw pictures of dinosaurs engaging in realistic activities and write explanations as to how the dinosaurs are using their bodies in these activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Alligators and Crocodiles     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the American alligator, the Nile crocodile, and SuperCroc (the prehistoric crocodilian species Sarcosuchus imperator). Students learn about each species geographical range, habitat, diet, and behaviors. They conclude the lesson by designing zoo habitats for alligators or crocodiles and creating captions providing information about these species prehistoric relative.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes. They are also asked to think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan ahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and themselves for the possibility of a natural disaster. Students are therefore introduced to some basic concepts of physical geography, as well as some of the ways in which the physical environment affects people's lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Wildebeest Migration     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students make maps of the wildebeest migration route in eastern Africa. They look at wildebeest photographs and write stories about wildebeests and their migration.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Caribou Migration     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to caribou and their migratory behavior. Students learn some basic facts about caribou and map the migration route of the Porcupine caribou herd of Alaska and northwestern Canada. They conclude by drawing pictures of scenes along this migration route and writing captions to describe their drawings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Little Red Riding Hood Meets--A Golden Retriever?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how dogs evolved from wolves and study the similarities and differences between dogs and wolves. They conduct some basic research on wolves and two dog breeds and fill in a chart to show what they have learned. Students conclude by rewriting Little Red Riding Hood as if the main character had encountered a Maltese or a Golden Retriever instead of a wolf.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Insect Models     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore insects by making models of insects of their choice. When the models are completed, students can compare their models to the insects themselves and to pictures of the insects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Who Am I?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about many different animals that live in deserts. They learn what the animals look like and about characteristics that enable them to live in the harsh environment of desert habitats.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Are Manatees?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to manatees. Students learn about manatees behavioral characteristics and how manatees in captivity interact with people. They conclude by creating manatee booklets to educate others about this species.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sharks: Should They Be Afraid of Us?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn some interesting facts about different kinds of sharks and discuss the reasons why people are both afraid of and interested in sharks. They consider sharks importance in nature and create brochures to educate beach visitors about sharks. Students participate in an online quiz in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of shark behavior.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts     
Description: Students will have a whale of a good time in this lesson in which they use fiction and nonfiction texts to write a letter to an online scientist.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Entomology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Insects We Love and Hate     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson is about insects rather than parasites, but it teaches students about some insect parasites (e.g. mosquitoes and lice) as well as about insects in general. They see pictures of insects that bite and sting, and others of insects that don t bother people. They then classify insects into likeable and not-so-likeable categories and draw pictures of insects that people like and don t like.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Frog Beyond the Fairy Tale Character: Searching Informational Texts     
Description: Frogs often appear as the main character in fiction stories, but what do students really know about frogs? Students find out in this lesson in which they research real-life frogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Investigating Local Ecosystems     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use Internet resources to investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and to explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. In the lesson, students observe living organisms in a local ecosystem and create detailed drawings and descriptions of them.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Leatherback Sea Turtles and Their Special Compasses     
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn some basic information about leatherback sea turtles and hypothesize about why individual leatherbacks were able to find their way from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands without any obvious navigational aids. They learn to use compasses and hear about research indicating that leatherbacks might have their own internal compasses. Finally, students draw pictures of people and leatherbacks navigating the ocean and write paragraphs to explain their drawings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!     
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



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Our Day at Old Macdonald's Farm
Overview:
Your class can join the fun at the farm too. Our day at Old Macdonald's farm shares the animals we saw on our field trip. Our class sings Old Macdonald and each animal is shown, labeled and the animal's sound is sang and displayed. The animals include: horse, cow, pig, goat, duck, rabbit, sheep, turkey, donkey, chicken, and dog. So come and enjoy the trip.  


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Let's Sing About Science
http://www.learningg...
This site contains science songs with videos. They are fun to watch and sing along. Songs about hurricanes, motion, weather, and planets are just a few included. This site also has online games, printables,and brain games.

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Let's Sing About Science
http://www.learningg...
This site contains science songs with videos. They are fun to watch and sing along. Songs about hurricanes, motion, weather, and planets are just a few included. This site also has online games, printables,and brain games.

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks     
Description: The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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