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Lesson Plans (13) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Unit Plans (3)  Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet.
Learning Activities (1) 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. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: Science (2)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: This lesson is based on the Guided Discovery model. The idea is to have the students think inductively. By doing this, the teacher provides several examples for the students to observe and decide how all of the examples relate to one another. Throughout this lesson, the students will evaluate examples of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation and come to the conclusion that they are all part of one big cycle called the Water Cycle.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Informational Text- The Water Cycle
Description: This is an ELA- 2nd Grade lesson on informational text which integrates science and technology. Students will discuss in whole group informational text and its importance. They will use the Close Reading strategy to read informational text on the water cycle. Students will complete a KWL chart throughout the unit. They will discuss their findings in partners and work together to complete a water cycle graphic organizer. They will use the iPad to create a blog post and create an animated movie discussing the water cycle. This is a week long unit. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Those Sneaky Poets!!  
Description: This lesson integrates the area of science and english language arts. Students will analyze figurative language in the poem A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney and work collaboratively to create a poster of the water cycle that demonstrates their knowledge of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation in the water cycle. Students will then individually produce a paragraph that demonstrates their knowledge of the water cycle using the key words evaporation, condensation and precipitation.


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Subject: Health (4), or Science (2)
Title: WATER you doing to help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), the water cycle will be explored.  Auntie Litter and the Pollution Patrol investigate the water cycle and ways we can prevent water pollution.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: The Magic of Water
Description: Students will use the Internet to learn about the water cycle by accessing various web sites. Students will create a document including pictures relating their knowledge about water and the water cycle.


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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 (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: This lesson will let students have a hands-on experience with the water cycle. They will learn the different parts of the water cycle through experiments and exploring the Internet.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Living Through a Drought      
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students practice map-reading skills. Using a drought map of Afghanistan, students learn how to recognize drought, where drought can occur, and how drought affects the people who live in those places.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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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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: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can We Keep the Lake Clean?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: The Water Cycle     
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students build upon their previous investigations of water by learning about the water cycle and its continuous flow around us. Students begin by reviewing what they already know about water and how it can freeze into ice or turn into a gas depending on how low or high temperatures become. They then learn about the water cycle and its key processes that affect our lands, oceans, and atmosphere. The ongoing need for fresh-water conservation is also highlighted.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: The Water Cycle Adventure
Digital Tool: Scholastic StudyJams Water Cycle Video
Digital Tool Description: The Scholastic StudyJams Water Cycle video can be used in the classroom to introduce students to the three steps that make up the water cycle. There is an included link to a quiz to assess the students learning. 


ALEX Podcasts


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WATER you doing to help?
Overview:
In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", Mr. Grody has found a new place to pitch his trash, tossing it into a nearby lake, but the Pollution Patrol appears promptly to stop him from polluting the water.  Auntie Litter accompanies the Patrol on a quest to convince Mr. Grody that water pollution can have extreme negative effects on all living things.  Once Auntie Litter explains how the water cycle works, Mr. Grody figures he'll go with the flow and wave good-bye to his murky past.  At the conclusion, the Pollution Patrol finds ways to prevent water pollution and conserve clean water.


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The Water Cycle
Overview:
A group of students let the creative juices flow when they enter the classroom of a "boring" teacher who is teaching the water cycle to her students. They liven things up with a song, dance, and music to demonstrate the steps of the water cycle. After the song, students hold a question and answer session about the different steps in the water cycle.


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"The Water Cycle"
Overview:
This podcast describes how evaporation, condensation, and precipitation occur.


Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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