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Lesson Plans (6) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (3) 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 (3 - 7), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Science is a Wonderland
Description: This is an inquiry lesson to teach students critical thinking skills. The student will learn through discovery what inquiry skills are and how they are used. They will learn how scientists use these skills in the scientific method to do investigations.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)
Title: What's Your Classification?
Description: After completing this activity, the students will understand that scientists group animals into categories. Students will understand that scientists use specific characteristics to group animals. They will also extend their knowledge of the different animal groups by successfully grouping a variety of animals. 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 (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Studies
Description: This was a collaborative effort between Melanie George and Connie Roan. Students will work in collaborative groups and investigate animal characteristics, their habitats and basic needs using the Internet and library. They will then make a power point presentation of their animals to educate the rest of the class.


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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Animal Adaptations     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students participate in classroom discussions about animals. They also visit a Web site to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) they've adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. These activities will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Bird Beaks     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment. Students learn about bird beaks through observation, both virtual and of local birds, and through a variety of games and activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Classification 2: A Touch of Class     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a two-part series on classification, extends the investigation of living organisms carried out in the first lesson by exposing students to the idea that a variety of plants and animals can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group. This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at and discuss different classification schemes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Insect Hunter
Digital Tool: Interactive Insect Classification Tool
Digital Tool Description: This interactive lets students drag a microscope underground to view different bugs, then they can classify them as insects or non-insects.


ALEX Podcasts


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Animal Classification
Overview:
This podcast explains to students how animals are classified into different groups based on the various characteristics of that particular animal group. 


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A trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA with Brock and his family.
Overview:
Join Brock and his family on a fun and educational trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. See pictures of whale sharks, large grouper, manta rays, spider crabs, penguins, alligators, jellyfish and fish from coral reefs. Learn more about where these animals live around the world. This lesson can be aligned with Thinkfinity lesson - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/aquarium.html 


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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List/Pictures of animals that hibernate
http://www.enchanted...
This site tells about hibernation and shows pictures(drawings) of animals which hibernate.

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List/Pictures of animals that hibernate
http://www.enchanted...
This site tells about hibernation and shows pictures(drawings) of animals which hibernate.

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Everything ESL - Animal Classification
http://everythingesl...
Chart for classifying animals, including body coverings

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Animal Adaptations Webquest
http://www.pkwy.k12....
Students use this web quest to investigate animal adaptations, which then leads them to the creation of a "new animal."

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