ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Science (2)
Title: The Rock Cycle
Description: In this lesson, students will watch an educational YouTube video on the Rock Cycle. The class will then be split up into three groups and will work in centers. The centers will include: collaboration with Padlet, working individually on an interactive website, and creating rocks out of crayons. The students will be assessed by drawing, coloring, and labeling the rock cycle.
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Showing the Difference Between Erosion and Weathering
Description: In the lesson the students will be learning about weathering and erosion. They will see examples of weathering and erosion and the difference between the two. They will be performing experiments that show weathering and erosion. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Title: Erupting Volcanoes!
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students learn about volcanoes by making and erupting model volcanoes. Students take measurements and make observations before and after the eruption then compare them to see how the eruption changed their volcano.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: The Rockin' Cycle
Digital Tool: The Rock Cycle Diagram
Digital Tool Description: With this tool, students are being assessed on the material covered from the lesson in a fun, interactive, way. This digital tool is designed as a game. The students answer questions about the rock cycle and get immediate feedback on whether or not their answer is correct. The correct answer appears on a visual diagram of the rock cycle for the student to observe and learn from.
A Field Trip to the Wetumpka Crater
In this podcast, students visit the crater that was formed approximately 84 million years ago when an asteroid slammed into the area now known as Wetumpka, Alabama. The students relay interesting facts about the crater. The podcast includes opening and closing animation as well.
The Land of Alabama
ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us for the first in the series at noon on Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk on the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the state is the result of a half- billion years of changes. It has endured continental collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant coastal plain—twice—and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It has survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been sea bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and valleys. All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs. This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and set the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats series.
John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the connections of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite.
This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.