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Lesson Plans (13) 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. Assessments (3) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (4) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) 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 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: May the Force Be With You!
Description: The goal of this lesson is to provide students with hands on experiences, while learning about magnets. This lesson engages students in experiments which explore magnet use. An emphasis is placed on open-ended questions which encourage students to ask questions to each other.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: This lesson will teach students about simple machines. Students will have an opportunity to explore and identify simple machines used in their everyday lives. Students will enjoy learning as they play a game on the Internet about simple machines. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: During this lesson students learn about the six types of simple machines. They define each type of machine, experiment with each type, utilize the Internet to explore each type of machine, and build their own simple machine. This lesson is designed for third grades students but can be adapted for second grade.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Magnet Mania
Description: Students will discover the power of magnets through this interactive lesson. First, students will participate in a virtual field trip. Afterwards, students will create electronic posters about magnets using information learned during the field trip.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Do Magnets Work?
Description: During this lesson students will examine magnets and determine that they have two poles (north and south). They will observe which poles attract and which poles repel.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Levers - Weight Lifters
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore levers through hands-on experiences and by navigating the Internet. This lesson allows students to use their experiences to determine how levers and other simple machines make work easier.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science
Title: Ramp Builder     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students plan, build, and test a ramp that allows objects to roll far. They create the plans for their ramps by evaluating a variety of materials provided by the teacher.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Let It Roll!     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two part series on ramp building, students explore ramps, discuss why different ramps work better than others, and practice procedures for testing designs and recording results. These activities provide a good starting point for the follow up lesson, in which students attempt to design, build, and test their own ramps.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Sink or Float?     
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students make predictions about which objects will float in water. Students then test the objects and observe whether they sink or float. Finally, students use the activity sheet provided to classify objects according to their buoyancy. Related literature and on-line activities are also incorporated into the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Does Soap Float?     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students form hypotheses and carry out an investigation in order to answer a central question: Does soap float? They then demonstrate their understanding of the topic through oral or written reports.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Sink It     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is designed to develop students' understanding of sinking and floating. Students first classify a group of common objects by a characteristic of their own choosing. Then they reclassify the same group of objects by their predictions about whether each item will float or sink in water. As a group, they design an experiment to test their predictions (hypotheses).
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Break It Down!     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore the everyday implications of system failure and are challenged to identify the causes. There are two prerequisite lessons for this lesson: Systems 1: Simple Machines and Systems 2: Systems, Up, Up and Away! In the first lesson, students observe the interaction of parts and establish a framework for understanding system. In the second lesson, students explore how changing parts or amounts of parts can impact the properties of a system. This lesson asks students to further their experience by exploring the everyday impacts of system failure and challenges them to identify the causes of failure.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Buoyant Boats     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to design and construct a boat that takes into account factors such as buoyancy, the properties of materials, and design constraints. In this lesson, students design and construct a boat out of aluminum foil and a few other simple materials. The boats are then tested by floating them in a pool or sink and by adding mass until they sink. While students may not be able to articulate it, they intuitively begin to understand the scientific laws required for the design of the boat, including buoyancy and Archimedes Principle. They also explore shapes of boats and construction techniques that may work for the boats.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: It's Moving Day! A SImple Machines Music Video
Digital Tool: Moving Day- Simple Machines
Digital Tool Description: This podcast is a high-quality, 2-minute music video that depicts simple machines "in action" as the characters act out moving from one location to another. Hammers, wheels, screws, etc. all make an appearance in this fun, high-paced lesson set to a catchy tune.


ALEX Podcasts


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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


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Simple Machines Webquest
http://www.webquest....
This web quest allows students to explore simple machines, recreate them, and explain how they work.

Podcasts


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Sink or Float
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Determine which items will sink or float in this animated video that assesses the mastery of Buoyancy.

Assessments


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Magnets stick to...
http://www.eduplace....
Teacher ideas & activity sheets answering question: "What sticks to a magnet?"

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Simple Machines Learning Site
http://www.coe.uh.ed...
Simple machines test with 6 questions

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Sink or Float
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Determine which items will sink or float in this animated video that assesses the mastery of Buoyancy.

Informational Materials


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Ed Heads - Simple Machines
http://www.edheads.o...
Listing and description of simple machines, including examples

Interactives/Games


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EDheads Simple Machines
http://www.edheads....
Interactive games to help the student understand simple machines.

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Simple Machines
http://www.mos.org/s...
visual and interactive for students

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Sink or Float???
http://teachers.henr...
This interactive game allows students to place items in the sink or float section. This game then check the student answers and corrects any mistakes.

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Gravity Launch
http://www.kineticci...
This interactive game challenges students to launch their ship to dock with 1 or more stations in outer space. To do this, the student must select the thrust and angle for their ship to land successfully. THRUST: How much force your rocket ship will use to fly. ANGLE: Set the path you'll take off on your mission. LAUNCH: Blast off.

Learning Activities


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Magnets stick to...
http://www.eduplace....
Teacher ideas & activity sheets answering question: "What sticks to a magnet?"

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EDheads Simple Machines
http://www.edheads....
Interactive games to help the student understand simple machines.

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Simple Machines
http://www.mos.org/s...
visual and interactive for students

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Sink or Float
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Determine which items will sink or float in this animated video that assesses the mastery of Buoyancy.

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