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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Learning Activities (2) 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.
Teacher Tools (1) 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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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Hurricanes
Description: This lesson starts out with a short video clip of Hurricane Ivan and shows the pattern it followed. Emphasis is placed on the fact that Hurricane Ivan struck and the eye traveled over Alabama. Discussion of hurricane facts follow. Students are given hurricane safety rules and procedures.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), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tornadoes
Description: Students answer KWL questions on tornadoes before watching two short videos of a tornado, its formation, and its damage. Using a tornado simulation experiment, students discuss tornado facts. Students read and evaluate a list of safety rules and procedures to produce a poster of the effects of a tornado. 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), 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 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Exploring Weather Disasters
Description: During this lesson, students will discover the differences in four types of weather disasters. They will collect information from selected Internet websites and create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: Science (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Seasons
Description: This early primary lesson teaches students how the earth's rotation around the sun results in the occurrence of four seasons. Through literature, art activities and technology students will explore the four seasons.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (K - 2)
Title: The Four Seasons
Description: This is a reading and writing lesson for special education/early elementary about the four seasons.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Weather Detectives
Description: This is an introductory lesson to a second grade weather unit. The students will be observing the weather each day for one week and recording their observations in a chart. The students will be integrating information from the Internet as well as what they learn in English by using adjectives in their descriptions. After the students have collected data for a week, in cooperative groups, they will predict the weather for the next week. The teacher will show the students guides or weather reports from past years for that particular week in order to guide them in the direction of an accurate prediction. The students will go to a technology lab to look up and record the weather from a teacher-selected web site.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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 - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes. They are also asked to think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan ahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and themselves for the possibility of a natural disaster. Students are therefore introduced to some basic concepts of physical geography, as well as some of the ways in which the physical environment affects people's lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
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



Web Resources


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Weather Wiz Kids
http://www.weatherwi...
This wesite is designed for kids to learn about weather and weather safety. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to help explain the different types of weather to children.

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National Geographic Xpeditions
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This lesson teaches students some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes . It also asks them to think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan ahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and themselves for the possibility of a natural disaster.

Podcasts


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National Geographic Videos
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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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Weather Wiz Kids
http://www.weatherwi...
This wesite is designed for kids to learn about weather and weather safety. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to help explain the different types of weather to children.

Learning Activities


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Weather Wiz Kids
http://www.weatherwi...
This wesite is designed for kids to learn about weather and weather safety. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to help explain the different types of weather to children.

Teacher Tools


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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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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