ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Science (K - 3)
Title: April Showers Brings May Flowers
Description: In this lesson you will use the technology tool Popplet and will have students include facts and/or pictures about plants and flowers. While using Popplet you can sort out the different facts about plants. Using a tool like this will help students graph and visually sort out all the material as well as understand the material more easily.
Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Nature's Life Cycle
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), characteristics of living things will be explored. Auntie Litter challenges the Litter Patrol to determine which of three green plants is alive. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.
Subject: Science (3), or Science (5)
Title: Life is a Breath of Fresh Air
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), air pollution will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.
*This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.
Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts.
This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.
Subject: Science (3), or Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Description: This unit will allow students to explore the world of plants and bees. Students will have the opportunity to observe plant growth, preform a plant life cycle play, and work on a multimedia presentation during this unit. The students will utilize the Internet to collect information about plants and bees during this lesson. This unit is a fun and interactive way for students to gain knowledge about plants and bees.
Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Jack's Beans
Description: During this lesson, the classic story of Jack and the Bean Stalk will spark an interest in plants with students. Students will explore the Internet, take a nature walk, and make observations to learn more about plants. A brochure will demonstrate their knowledge of plants.
Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Honey Bees
Description: The students will do research to learn the various functions of bees within the hive and understand the process of making honey. Students will use numerous resources to find their information including the Internet, library books, encyclopedias, and their science textbooks.
Subject: Mathematics (K - 3), or Science (3), or Science (2)
Title: What do Plants Need?
Description: In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.
Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What Kind of Plant Is It?
Description: This lesson provides a fun way for students to learn to classify plants as vascular and nonvascular. Students will use drawing software to create pictures of vascular and nonvascular plants.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Title: What Plants Need to Grow CROPS
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students explore how to grow plants and learn what kinds of things promote growth (warmth, sunlight, water, soil). Their activities involve learning about how seeds and plants grow and participating in a simple, in-class gardening project. Contains investigation / experiment
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: Introducing: A Plant Story
Digital Tool: Narrated Video: A Plant Story
Digital Tool Description: This video illustrates the plant life cycle, while introducing the key topics of seed germination and photosynthesis.
Title: Life in a Plant’s World
Digital Tool: BCC: Schools Science Clips- Life Cycles
Digital Tool Description: This is an interactive game that helps students learnthe parts and functions of a flower by taking it apart and putting it back together.
Title: Taking a Closer Look at Plants
Digital Tool: Growing Plants
Digital Tool Description: With this tool, students are helping "Sparky" with various interactive growing plant activities. Students are given the opportunity to be actively engaged to interact with labeling parts of a plant and helping consrruct a flow chart diagram of the life cycle of plants.
Nature's Life Cycle
In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Patrol learns that one very important characteristic of all living things--plants and animals--is they carry on respiration. They also move, reproduce, grow, and take nourishment. Bobby Bunkle describes a food chain as he scuba dives. Since plants and animals are so important, it's crucial to protect the environment in which they live. The Grunge, for instance, doesn't understand that trees provide animals with oxygen and homes, so he likes to cut them down.
Life in a Rotting Log (Part 1)
This podcast shows the characteristics of rotting logs in various stages of decomposition. It shows the interdependence in an ecosystem of a rotting log. It is a long process that has four stages. The stages go from Stage 1 where the bark is hard and intact to Stage 4 where the log has decomposed to the point where it looks like soil.
Little River Canyon National Preserve
This podcast tells about the green pitcher plant. It is an endangered carnivorous plant located sparsely throughout the United States. It includes pictures, an explanation of what it eats, its location, and what to do if you find one.
Planet H2O- Water Pollution and the Aquatic Food Chain
Biomagnification is the accumulation of a substance up the food chain by transfer of the pollutant in smaller organisms that are food for larger organisms in the chain. It generally refers to the sequence of processes which results in higher concentrations in organisms at higher levels in the food chain (at higher trophic levels). These processes result in an organism having higher concentrations of a substance than is present in the organism’s food. There is evidence that some carnivores at the ends of longer food chains (e.g. larger fish, birds of prey, HUMANS) can then accumulate the water pollutant from eating down in the food chain.
Clean fresh water is vital to life on our planet. What can happen if our waters become polluted? How can that affect us as humans if it is happening in the water and to the organisms in that water? One of the ways pollution impacts humans is through food chains. We have to remember that we are part of the environment and as a result, part of the food chain. We eat many of the aquatic organisms, fish and shellfish, which can be detrimentally affected by water pollution.