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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (5) 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. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (1 - 3)
Title: Boom Boom Thunder!!
Description: The focus of this lesson is for students to determine why thunder makes the “Boom” sound.  Through hands-on activities students will become familiar with the sound thunder makes.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Why Does It Rain?
Description: The focus of this lesson is to demonstrate how rain occurs. Through trade books, Internet exploration and a teacher-led experiment, students become familiar with the water cycle.


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Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Will I Wear to School Today?
Description: Hot, cold, windy, or snowing, students need to know how to dress appropriately. In this lesson, students will learn how weather affects what they wear to school each day. Students will practice choosing the appropriate clothing by using computer software that allows students to dress different people.


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Weather
Description: Over this three-week unit, students will learn basic concepts about weather and the part it plays in their everyday lives. Students will make a slideshow presentation that summarizes the content presented about seasons and things in the sky. Also, students will make a flyer that summarizes the content presented about severe weather and severe weather safety. Finally, students will keep a daily log of local weather and put this information into a website.


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Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Book of Seasons
Description: During this technology based lesson, students produce a book of the four seasons that relates to their everyday life. They learn many facts about seasons by navigating the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Fabulous Four
Description: In this lesson, first grade students will learn about each of the four seasons. They will learn about different activities we engage in during each of the seasons. Students will also learn about the appropriate attire for each seasonal activity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (K - 2)
Title: The Four Seasons
Description: This is a reading and writing lesson for special education/early elementary about the four seasons.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather Today?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
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 - 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: Language Arts
Title: Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction     
Description: Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Disappearing Water     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series, students observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students compare and contrast the sets of observations over time. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as a solid, liquid, or a gas depending on the temperature, pressure, and nature of that substance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
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: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Identify Objects by a Basic Property
http://www.internet4...
Structure and Properties of Matter Describe an object according to its simple properties. Packing for the Park - [this link opens on a new page] group various objects using their physical characteristics (Author - Sandi King) Select which items give out light - a BBC interactive quiz

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Teaching Heart
http://www.teachingh...
This lesson has plans to make a weather vane to locate wind direction.

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Weather Wiz Kids
http://www.weatherwi...
This wesite is designed for kids to learn about weather and weather safety. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to help explain the different types of weather to children.

Informational Materials


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Weather Wiz Kids
http://www.weatherwi...
This wesite is designed for kids to learn about weather and weather safety. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to help explain the different types of weather to children.

Interactives/Games


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Identify Objects by a Basic Property
http://www.internet4...
Structure and Properties of Matter Describe an object according to its simple properties. Packing for the Park - [this link opens on a new page] group various objects using their physical characteristics (Author - Sandi King) Select which items give out light - a BBC interactive quiz

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Type of Clouds
http://kids.earth.na...
In this interactive game, students will match the correct cloud cards and learn facts about each type of cloud.

Learning Activities


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Weather Resources for Students
http://www.wxdude.co...
Nick's favorite resource materials for students to learn more about weather and other sciences.

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Identify Objects by a Basic Property
http://www.internet4...
Structure and Properties of Matter Describe an object according to its simple properties. Packing for the Park - [this link opens on a new page] group various objects using their physical characteristics (Author - Sandi King) Select which items give out light - a BBC interactive quiz

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Weather Wiz Kids
http://www.weatherwi...
This wesite is designed for kids to learn about weather and weather safety. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to help explain the different types of weather to children.

Teacher Tools


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Weather Resources for Students
http://www.wxdude.co...
Nick's favorite resource materials for students to learn more about weather and other sciences.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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 - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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