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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (3 - 4), or Science (5)
Title: Recycle to Renew
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), renewable resources, such as trees, 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: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Touch and Feel: Plant Adaptations
Description: This introductory lesson centers on getting hands-on before getting drug into the vocabulary and nomenclature. In cooperative learning groups students will describe leaves in simple terms.  Then, students will use various resources for specific identification of leaves.


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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Physical Education (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Field Challenge Strategy Game: Plant Adaptations
Description: Use a game to challenge students to understand the fight for sunlight, nutrients, and water. This simple strategy game encourages students to balance ability with need in taking over an open field. Succession is the end game.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (K - 5), or Science (2 - 4)
Title: Little River Canyon's Carnivorous Green Pitcher Plants
Description: A digital slide program introduces the Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) to the students.  Students use a model of the Green Pitcher Plant and plastic insects to role play. They will tell the story of habitat adaptation and interaction around the pitcher plant bog. Pitcher Plants and the animals in the neighborhood have lives interconnected to the environment. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Physical Education (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Race for Life: Plant Adaptations
Description: This is an outdoors, hands-on activity.  Create a short race course to engage students in physical activity while drawing comparisons to the plant kingdom. This activity serves as an introductory to the impact small changes can have on the ability of a plant to compete for sunlight, soil, and water. Each race serves as an analogy to a specific type of adaptation.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (1), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making Tracks
Description: This lesson will allow students to explain or interpret possible scenarios from a single set of observations. Emphasis should be on supporting interpretations with concrete observations.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog
Description: During this lesson students explore the life cycle of a frog. They will raise frogs in the classroom from tadpoles and document and describe each stage of the life cycle.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals with Backbones
Description: Students will learn about animals with backbones and then create a slideshow presentation that shows the characteristics of the different groups of vertebrates. They will also create a brochure explaining how a specific animal is adapted to survive in a particular environment.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Environment and Adaptation
Description: In this lesson students will enjoy different activities focusing on how animals adapt to their environments. They will begin by researching two animals, their environment, and the ways the animals adapt to this environment. In small groups students will invent a new animal, including its environment and adaptations. Using presentation software, students will introduce their new animals to the class.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Crowding Animals- How Close is Too Close?
Description: In this lesson students will explore the concept of crowding as it relates to people and animals. The main purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize the possible negative consequences to people and animals as a result of crowding.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: At Home in a Biome
Description: This lesson allows students to study and learn the names and characteristics of Earth's six major biomes. The biomes are introduced with a slideshow presentation. A paper-folding poster activity gives students the opportunity to reinforce what they have learned. The culminating activity, a diorama, provides an avenue for creativity as students create a three-dimensional model of a biome.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Adaptations
Description: Students use technology tools to research and produce a multimedia product on animals and their habitats. This a collaborative project involving the library media specialist, classroom teacher, and special education teacher.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creature Comforts
Description: What do living things need to survive? In this unit, students explore different habitats and the adaptations made by living things to survive. Students will create a website matching an animal’s adaptations to its environment. Then, they will contribute a slide to a multimedia presentation of imaginary creatures and their adaptations to a habitat.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 6), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Now You See Me...Now You Don't!
Description: An animal’s physical characteristics, such as its body color, may give it a better chance of survival. For example, the body colors of many animals blend with their background. In this investigation, students will see that body color may help some animals survive by making them nearly invisible to predators. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of camouflage as an animal adaptation.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (K - 4), or Science (K - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted Dead or Alive!
Description: In this lesson students will identify the characteristics of living and nonliving things.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (3)
Title: Importance of Fur for Animals
Description: This is a lesson to teach students how to read a thermometer and gain an understanding of why fur is important for some animals' survival.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: Pond Life     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on microorganisms, students investigate familiar and unfamiliar ecosystems using Internet resources, explore how various organisms satisfy their needs within their environments, and study the kinds of relationships that exist between organisms within an environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
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, 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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Aquarium Habitats     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider how aquariums can provide realistic habitats for marine animals. They use the Internet to visit three aquarium habitats and determine whether these aquariums succeed in providing high-quality environments for the animals that live in them. Students conclude by designing their own aquarium habitats based on what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Activities


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Title: Ecosystems and their food chains
Digital Tool: Educreations
Digital Tool Description: Student will use educreations app to create a small powerpoint type presentation describing given ecosystems and the food  chains within them. Student will include images of animals/food web, textual information presented neatly, and narration explaining the information in the presentation.


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Title: Speaking of Habitats
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Voki enables users to express themselves in their own voice using a talking character/avatars. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of people or characters… animals, monsters, etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice, which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.  In addition, Voki will create a voice for your avatars from the text you enter. Voki lives on your websit, blog, or social network profile. You will also be able to download it to most video supported phones.


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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 learn the parts and functions of a flower by taking it apart and putting it back together.  


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Title: Biomes of the World
Digital Tool: National Geographic Biomes of the World Video
Digital Tool Description: National Geographic is a website that provides free maps, photos, videos, and articles about animals, the environment, cultures, history, and all the latest news on science topics. In this lesson, National Geographic will serve as a reference for students to get information on certain biomes of the world to make colorful posters to present to the class. They will focus their research on the habitat conditions in the biome that support plant and animal survival.


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Title: Do You Remember the Life Cycle of a Butterfly?
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool
Digital Tool Description: The ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool is a simple online brainstorming tool.  In this activity, the Webbing Tool will be utilized to review the concept and vocabulary of a butterfly metamorphosis and life cycle.


ALEX Multimedia


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Polar Bears
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This is an overview of the wonderful polar bear.  It tells about the size, habitat, diet, and survival of the polar bear.


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Nature's Life Cycle
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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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Make a Difference!
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Mr. Grody has one last lesson to learn.  In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", Auntie Litter and the Pollution Patrol remind Mr. Grody why pollution must be stopped.  By describing the connections between people, plants, and animals in the cycles of life, Auntie Litter guides Mr. Grody to grasp the interdependence of all living things on Earth.  The Patrol reviews how the prevention of pollution and the protection of plants and animals are necessary for everyone's survival.  Mr. Grody joins the Pollution Patrol and at last each Patroller knows how to make a difference every day to save our world, because we're all in it together.


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Life in a Rotting Log - Part 2
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This video shows how living things use their environment to survive and how these living things depend on each other. It shows some organisms that live in a pond and rotting log and the role they play in their ecosystem. There are three groups in any ecosystem. These groups are called comsumers, producers, and decomposers. Filmed in the outdoors.


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The Life Cycle of the Darkling Beetle
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Every living thing has a lifecycle.  This podcast expains the stages of a darkling beetle's lifte cycle.


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Millipedes
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Using AMSTI Animals Studies unit, student give a summary of their experience with millipedes.  Students go through the various activities that were completed in the millipedes section of the unit.  Students share their knowledge they acquired about millipedes.  They also share the steps and process of creating the millipede habitat.  Students follow up with millipede care.


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Bearded Dragon Feeding
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From June 16th thru September 23rd 2007 the Exploreum is experiencing a reptile invasion. One of our newest visitors is a Bearded Dragon, yet to named, who lives in the Ciba Lab and visits with guest in the reptile exhibit. We have taken the opportunity to film this amazing animal as he excitedly feeds on a large batch of crickets. What fun it is to watch reptiles eat.


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Scorpion Science
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Scorpions are fascinating arachnids. We have spent over 3 months handling and caring for 2 Black Emperor Scorpions. This video shows one of them feeding on a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. We have also managed to capture our scorpion as it appears under ultraviolet light. We hope you enjoy this gross yet fascinating footage.


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Venus Flytrap Feedings
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Venus flytraps are carnivores. They eat meat. These plants contain 3 trigger hairs on the roof of the trap (mouth) and 3 hairs on the bottom. When an insect or anything triggers those hairs the plant snaps shut trapping its prey. Check out the video to see this amazing natural mechanism in action. NOTE: This video does not include audio.


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In an Instant: Frog Feedings
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While showing the Frogs exhibit we decided to use our high speed video camera to capture frogs feeding. These videos were shot at 600 frames per second. It is amazing to watch their movements. Also watch the tongues and the eyes. NOTE: This video does not include audio.


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Planet H2O- Water Pollution and the Aquatic Food Chain
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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.


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African Dwarf Frogs
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This podcast provides an overview of how to care for an African Dwarf frog. It was created by 4th grade students and is aligned with the AMSTI lesson of The Life Cycle of a Frog. 


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A trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA with Brock and his family.
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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 


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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