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Lesson Plans (10) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) 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.
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (2)
Title: Learning about Solids and Liquids: Dissolving "Peeps" marshmallow candies.  
Description: In this lesson, students will experiment with solids and liquids. This lesson will help students to have a higher understanding of solids and liquids, and dissolving solids. Students will carry out the experiment for a week; making observations, recording data, and discussing vocabulary related to the experiment. Data will be kept in a graphic aid (table/chart) on the computer to add to each day the experiment is observed over 5 days. Observations will be entered daily into a graphic aid on the computer. This is a technoligical way to keep up with the data from the experiment.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's the Matter?
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the different states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. The students will be able to have discourse about the states of matter. They will use ActiVote clickers to be interactive with a Flipchart identifying the different states of matter.


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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 (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Matter
Description: During this lesson, students explore matter through a hands-on investigation. By participating in an experiment and navigating the Internet, students learn to identify the properties of matter.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: All About Clouds
Description: This lesson uses hands-on activities and trade books along with websites to explain the formation of clouds. This lesson may be used in conjunction with a weather unit.


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Subject: Science (2)
Title: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Description: This lesson focuses on solids, liquids, and gases. It has several review activities and an exciting lab experiment involving ice cream to complete the lesson.


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Subject: Science (2)
Title: Air is All Around You
Description: In this science lesson students will be asked the question, "Does air take up space?" and "Does air have weight?" Students will conduct experiments that prove that air has mass, takes up space, and exerts pressure.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students look at a complex system when they create their own play dough by taking several parts and creating a whole. Through their constructions, students gain an understanding that individual parts are used to make a whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Melting and Freezing     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the last in a three-part series, students investigate how melting and freezing impact the amount of three separate everyday items--water, chocolate, and margarine. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as solids, liquids, or gases 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
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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Digital Tool: Catie for Schools
Digital Tool Description: This science resource gives a game for the children to interact with and understand what a solid, liquid, or a gas is. 


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Title: What's the Matter? Solid, liquid, or gas?
Digital Tool: Science kids
Digital Tool Description: This digital tool is an interactive way to experiment with solids, liquids, and gases. Students are challenged to find the correct category for other examples such as milk, sand, rain, helium, wood and air. Watch what happens when you heat liquids and cool gases. 


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Title: All About Matter
Digital Tool: Video, Sing Along Song,Quiz, Vocabulary
Digital Tool Description: What is matter? It's solids, liquids, and gases and it can change states through heating or cooling. Want to know more? Watch this three minute video — and try singing karaoke — and learn all you need to know.


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Title: Changing Solids to Liquids and Liquids to Solids!
Digital Tool: Change It!
Digital Tool Description: This interactive tool helps children to understand liquids and solids and how they can change. The students can put things like an ice cream cone, a candle, a rock, etc. into the oven to see how the heat can change it. Then the students can also go to the freezer and put things in it like a drink, an ice tray, a brick, etc. to see how the cold changes those things.


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Title: Make it Melt!
Digital Tool: Interactive - Test the Melting Temperatures of Objects
Digital Tool Description: Students will learn that heat must be applied to change some solids to liquids. Students will be able to visualize the process of heating various solid objects in order to change them from one state of matter (solid) to another (liquid). They may then compare/contrast the melting point temperatures to see which objects required the highest/lowest temperatures.


ALEX Podcasts


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States of Matter: Making Butter
Overview:
The video shows the process of cream changing to butter. The process is compared to water balloons breaking when thrown. There are fat globules in cream which have a membrane around the globules. When the globules are churned and broken the fat, or butter, sticks together.


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Sand Silt and Clay
Overview:
Follow a group of second graders as they learn about soil by examing sand, silt and clay.


Web Resources


Podcasts


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What Is and Isn't Matter?
http://www.nextvista...
The difference between matter and energy is explained in this Next Vista for Learning video.

Assessments


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Chem4Kids
http://chem4kids.com...
If you want to know anything about chemistry, like such topics as matter, atoms, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry, this website is sure to have what you are looking for. Don't let the title fool you. It is not just for kids.

Informational Materials


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Chem4Kids
http://chem4kids.com...
If you want to know anything about chemistry, like such topics as matter, atoms, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry, this website is sure to have what you are looking for. Don't let the title fool you. It is not just for kids.

Interactives/Games


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Sort Solid, Liquid, Gas
http://www.catie.org...
Students drag & drop 8 items into the 3 categories.

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States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
http://www.harcourts...
In classical chemistry, there are three states of matter; each determined by the distance between the molecules. Solids hold its shape and its volume is fixed by the shape. Liquids have weaker molecular forces than solids and will take the shape of the container. Gas fills its container, taking both the shape and volume of the container. The website allows students to determine the molecular difference between the three states of matter.

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Three States of Matter Quiz
http://www.neok12.co...
This website gives students a quiz to differentiate between the three states of matter. Requires flashplayer.

Learning Activities


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Sort Solid, Liquid, Gas
http://www.catie.org...
Students drag & drop 8 items into the 3 categories.

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Lumpy Liquids and Squishy Solids
http://scifun.chem.w...
This exciting lab activity can engage students in experimenting with chemical changes through the phases of matter.

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Ice Overflow
http://www.scienceki...
A simple and quick experiment that proves when water freezes to make ice, it expands and takes up more space than it does as liquid water.

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