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Lesson Plans (30) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (4) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (3) 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).
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Science (1 - 2)
Title: Spiders: Are They Scary or Nice?
Description: Children often do not understand spiders because spiders look scary. In this lesson, students will graph spider preferences and record observations of spiders in a natural habitat. Students will research spider information using the Internet. Students will illustrate a vivarium for a spider habitat, including 5 environmental characteristics. This lesson will take more than one day to complete. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Science (2)
Title: Splish! Splash!
Description: Let's get wet and wild with this exciting unit on the ocean!  Through the use of wonderful literature, art projects, research, and much more, the students will expand their understanding of what life is like for the creatures of the ocean. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Using Informational Text
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about frogs and toads using the book Frogs by Gail Gibbons.  Students begin the lesson by brainstorming what they already know about frogs and toads. After reading the book, students will compare and contrast a frog and a toad by using the diagrams located in the book. At the end of the lesson students will use the information in the text to draw and label a frog and a toad. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (K - 2)
Title: Camouflage (Predator vs Prey) at Little River Canyon National Preserve
Description: The hunter is the predator while the hunted is the prey. Both animals try to make themselves appear as part of their natural surroundings. Predators do not wish to be seen while hunting and prey want to hide when hunted. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Continent Jump
Description: Students will learn about animals that live on all seven continents. Students and teachers will use websites to learn additional information about the animals from various continents.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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bird Migration
Description: This lesson teaches bird migration by using the award winning Caldecott Medal honor book: Make Way for Ducklings. It accesses a website to give a history of the book and the plot. It promotes student interaction through discussion, internet information and activities to include computer games, videos, and color sheets.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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: On the Farm with Wilbur and Charlotte
Description: During this unit, students will explore many aspects of the book Charlotte's Web. Students will work as a group to develop a presentation, design a web page, and prepare a newsletter. They will also complete a WebQuest about Charlotte's Web and study farm animals.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Flutter By, Butterfly!
Description: This technology-based lesson will teach students the basic characteristics of different types of butterflies. It should be presented after a unit about the life cycle and habitat of butterflies. Students will use approved Internet sites to locate illustrations and facts about various species of butterflies. Students will work together and with teacher assistance to create a slideshow presentation that combines all of the species of butterflies the students locate.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Readers' Theatre for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Description: This readers' theatre of Verna Aardema's Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain crosses the curriculum to incorporate language arts, social studies, and science objectives. Students will become familiar with the text of the story and then present the story as a play with parts.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animal, Insect, and Bird Classification
Description: As a follow-up to a unit on the classifications of animals, insects, and birds, students will attend a distance learning field trip. The students will then e-mail trusted adults some of the information learned about the classification of animals.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animal Hide and Seek
Description: This lesson will help students become aware of how animals use their colors to their advantage. After a discussion and activity about the importance of different animals' colors, students will participate in a virtual field trip with the Bronx Zoo.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Is it a Moth or a Butterfly?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore the differences and similarities between a moth's life and a butterfly's life. Students will be given the opportunity to improve upon their note-taking skills during a virtual museum tour. Students will enhance their technology skills by designing slideshow presentations from information gathered on the Internet.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Going Batty
Description: Students will participate in a research project about bats, which will culminate in a virtual field trip to discover more about bats. Students will collect information on the Internet using the Alabama Virtual Library and other bookmarked sites. This is a collaborative project involving the library media specialist and the classroom teacher.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Creepy Caterpillars to Beautiful Butterflies
Description: Students will explore the life cycle of a butterfly using a website and observations of caterpillar metamorphosis. This lesson will incorporate science, mathematics, language arts, and art.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Layers of Life...A Walk Through the Rainforest
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the animals and plant life that live in the various layers of the tropical rainforest. Students will view a slideshow with many different facts and pictures of the rainforest. They will also research animals and plants of the rainforest by searching Internet sites. Students will also share what they learn through an typed report.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penguin Tale or Tail?
Description: This interdisciplinary approach to science, language arts and technology will guide students into a study of real information about penguins and their habitat. They will learn to identify homophones and share what they learn using appropriated communication and listening skills.


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Subject: Science (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Farm Animals Thematic Unit
Description: Students will participate in a thematic study about the farm. They will work cooperatively to create a book about farm animals using technology resources. This project will take approximately 5 days and can be used in conjunction with or at the end of a farm unit.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Dig It!
Description: Children will enjoy learning about dinosaurs through the use of technology, research, hands-on activities, discussions, and written and oral presentations. This unit will help students to collaborate as a group and manage their own time.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Children's Zoo of Mammals
Description: This lesson is a technology-based project. This lesson can be taught as a part of an unit on mammals. Students will research different mammals and identify characteristics of mammals. They will also contrast and compare humans to other types of mammals. They will create a group multimedia presentation identifying mammals, characteristics of mammals, and a picture of the assigned mammal. Students will then use Publisher to design a newsletter to inform family members of our studies on mammals. A web site can be developed to enhance the students’ study of mammal.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bats, Bats, Bats!
Description: This lesson allows students to utilize the Internet to learn characteristics and behaviors of bats. It also introduces echolation. Students will use websites to view types of bats and their habitats.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Beginner's AVL (Alabama Virtual Library)
Description: Students will research the red fox using an online encyclopedia from the Alabama Virtual Library web site and answer questions provided by the teacher. This is a good lesson for students' first experience in using the AVL.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Very Busy Spiders
Description: The students will work from a computer and a specified Webquest to complete a unit on spiders. The lessons will incorporate literature, writing, science, art, and graphing.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
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, Social Studies
Title: Animal Adaptations     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students participate in classroom discussions about animals. They also visit a Web site to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) they've adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. These activities will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Classification 2: A Touch of Class     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a two-part series on classification, extends the investigation of living organisms carried out in the first lesson by exposing students to the idea that a variety of plants and animals can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group. This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at and discuss different classification schemes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Let's Build a Snowman     
Description: In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Living with Lions
Digital Tool: National Geographic Video
Digital Tool Description: This National Geographic video, titled "Lives of Lions," will be used to begin a lesson on identifying characteristics and survival traits of animals.


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Title: Creature Feature
Digital Tool: National Geographic Creature Feature
Digital Tool Description: National Geographic Creature Feature is a tool to help students classify animals by what kind of animal they are and where they are located around the world.  Students can learn facts about different animals, watch videos of the animals doing certain tasks, and listen to the different sounds animals make.  Students can identify characteristics of animals by what type of animal they are or by where they live in the world.


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Title: What Makes You Wild?
Digital Tool: Build Your Wild Self Interactive Activity
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity is offered through New York Zoos and Aquarium.  It allows students to create an avatar of themselves using animal characteristics.  When the avatar is finished, information about each featured animal is provided to describe the student's "wild" avatar.


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Title: Insect Hunter
Digital Tool: Interactive Insect Classification Tool
Digital Tool Description: This interactive lets students drag a microscope underground to view different bugs, then they can classify them as insects or non-insects.


ALEX Podcasts


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Bearded Dragon Feeding
Overview:
From June 16th thru September 23rd 2007 the Exploreum is experiencing a reptile invasion. One of our newest visitors is a Bearded Dragon, yet to named, who lives in the Ciba Lab and visits with guest in the reptile exhibit. We have taken the opportunity to film this amazing animal as he excitedly feeds on a large batch of crickets. What fun it is to watch reptiles eat.


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Scorpion Science
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Scorpions are fascinating arachnids. We have spent over 3 months handling and caring for 2 Black Emperor Scorpions. This video shows one of them feeding on a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. We have also managed to capture our scorpion as it appears under ultraviolet light. We hope you enjoy this gross yet fascinating footage.


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Venus Flytrap Feedings
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Venus flytraps are carnivores. They eat meat. These plants contain 3 trigger hairs on the roof of the trap (mouth) and 3 hairs on the bottom. When an insect or anything triggers those hairs the plant snaps shut trapping its prey. Check out the video to see this amazing natural mechanism in action. NOTE: This video does not include audio.


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In an Instant: Frog Feedings
Overview:
While showing the Frogs exhibit we decided to use our high speed video camera to capture frogs feeding. These videos were shot at 600 frames per second. It is amazing to watch their movements. Also watch the tongues and the eyes. NOTE: This video does not include audio.


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It's a "Zoo" Out There!!!
Overview:
This podcast allows students to explore five animals found in the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama. The photographs included show great detail about the appearance of each animal. It gives students a description of the size, color, and behaviors associated with each animal discussed. It is both student and teacher narrated and has music in the background in order to make students feel as though they are on an adventure. Let's go explore!


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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Animal Coverings
http://www.uen.org/L...


Podcasts


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National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationa...
This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

Informational Materials


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Camouflage and Mimicry PowerPoint
http://rpsec.usca.ed...
This PowerPoint explains Camouflage and Mimicry.

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List/Pictures of animals that hibernate
http://www.enchanted...
This site tells about hibernation and shows pictures(drawings) of animals which hibernate.

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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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Era of Dino Lite
http://itunes.apple....
Era of Dino Lite is an application with help which you can learn more new knowledge about the ancient inhabitants of our planet who died mysteriously over 65 million years ago. Students will find descriptions of more than 330 dinosaurs and some information about the periods of the Mesoconic era: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. Available for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch

Interactives/Games


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Adaptations-Bird Beaks
http://www.vtaide.co...
Interactive worksheet on bird beaks and printable worksheet. Great pictures!

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Bio Bob's Biodiversity Game
http://www.rigb.org/...
Wow! This one is so much fun! Learn about how to adapt and change in each environment.

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What Lives Where (Animal)
http://www.scienceki...
Students identify animals and place them in the correct enviroment.

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Animal Needs
http://www.harcourts...
Students match the animal characteristics with one of the listed the categories. (oxygen, food, water, protection, shelter,climate)

Learning Activities


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Camouflage and Mimicry PowerPoint
http://rpsec.usca.ed...
This PowerPoint explains Camouflage and Mimicry.

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List/Pictures of animals that hibernate
http://www.enchanted...
This site tells about hibernation and shows pictures(drawings) of animals which hibernate.

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Adaptations-Bird Beaks
http://www.vtaide.co...
Interactive worksheet on bird beaks and printable worksheet. Great pictures!

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Bio Bob's Biodiversity Game
http://www.rigb.org/...
Wow! This one is so much fun! Learn about how to adapt and change in each environment.

Teacher Tools


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Camouflage and Mimicry PowerPoint
http://rpsec.usca.ed...
This PowerPoint explains Camouflage and Mimicry.

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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationa...
This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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