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Lesson Plans (13) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (2) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (9) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (6) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (7) 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). Learning Assets (2)


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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.


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Subject: Science (3)
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.


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (2 - 4)
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.


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Subject: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Plants, Soil, and Nutrients
Description: In this hands-on activity, students will conduct an experiment that will help them understand the functions of plants. Furthermore, the students will use the scientific method to assist them in their explorations.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 English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2 - 3), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Seeds: How They Grow
Description: The students will be collecting, germinating and planting seeds to show the process of plant growth. The students will be recording the information in their science journal. In addition, the students will be observing the water cycle as the plants grow in the cups.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: Science (3), 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 3), or Science (3)
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.


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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.


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Subject: Science
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


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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.  


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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. 


ALEX Podcasts


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Nature's Life Cycle
Overview:
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.


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Life in a Rotting Log (Part 1)
Overview:
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. 


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Pitcher Plant Little River Canyon National Preserve
Overview:
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.


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Planet H2O- Water Pollution and the Aquatic Food Chain
Overview:
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.


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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Ecosystems
http://gk-12.osu.edu...
Lesson plans of activities in ecosystems(animals and how the environment affects them)and recycle.

Podcasts


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From Seed to Plant
http://www.teachertu...
This video demonstrates the life cycle of a plant from the seed stage to the plant, while identifying its parts and describing its functions.

Assessments


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Know Your Cells
http://www.sheppards...
On this interactive site, students can play and interactive game by labeling the parts of a plant, animal, and bacteria cell. They can also take a quiz that gives the definition and they pick the correct word.

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Plant Life Cycle Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of the plant life cycle are identified in a ten question quiz that is computer graded.

Informational Materials


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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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Parts of Plant PowerPoint Presentation
http://classroom.jc-...
This is a PowerPoint about the parts of a plant.

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Biology of plants
http://www.mbgnet.ne...
Information on various aspects of plants (growth, parts, making food, pollination, plant adaptations, seed dispersal, plants & life on earth).

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Plants and the Environment
http://library.think...
This site explains the role of plants in the environment.

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Photosynthesis
http://plants.pppst....
Website with PowerPoint for photosynthesis, plants and others

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University of Illinois Extension-Plants
http://www.urbanext....
Multiple interactive and printable activities on plants: -parts -life cycle -growth factors etc.

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How plant and animals help each other
http://schools.bcsd....
This page will help students understand how many plants depend on animals for pollination and seed dispersal, and animals depend on plants for food .

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Brain Pop Jr. - Plant Life Cycle
http://www.brainpopj...
Information & activities on plant life cycles

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The Seed Site - Plant Life Cycle
http://theseedsite.c...
Diagram of plant life cycle

Interactives/Games


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Harcourt School - Food Webs
http://www.harcourts...
Interactive site on food webs

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University of Illinois Extension-Plants
http://www.urbanext....
Multiple interactive and printable activities on plants: -parts -life cycle -growth factors etc.

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Birmingham Grid for Learning - Plant Life Cycle
http://www2.bgfl.org...
Plant life cycle information and interactives

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Know Your Cells
http://www.sheppards...
On this interactive site, students can play and interactive game by labeling the parts of a plant, animal, and bacteria cell. They can also take a quiz that gives the definition and they pick the correct word.

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Plant Life Cycle Interactive
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The life cycle of a plant is identified in this interactive.

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Pick-it to Pieces
http://www.scienceki...
An interactive flower dissection activity that will help the student find out more about the flower petals, sepals, carpel, nectaries, receptacle and stamens. They will experiment with the different parts of a flower, sort them into the correct categories, label them and learn useful information.

Learning Activities


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Parts of Plant PowerPoint Presentation
http://classroom.jc-...
This is a PowerPoint about the parts of a plant.

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Harcourt School - Food Webs
http://www.harcourts...
Interactive site on food webs

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Photosynthesis
http://plants.pppst....
Website with PowerPoint for photosynthesis, plants and others

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How plant and animals help each other
http://schools.bcsd....
This page will help students understand how many plants depend on animals for pollination and seed dispersal, and animals depend on plants for food .

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Brain Pop Jr. - Plant Life Cycle
http://www.brainpopj...
Information & activities on plant life cycles

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Birmingham Grid for Learning - Plant Life Cycle
http://www2.bgfl.org...
Plant life cycle information and interactives

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Ecosystems
http://gk-12.osu.edu...
Lesson plans of activities in ecosystems(animals and how the environment affects them)and recycle.

Teacher Tools


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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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