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Lesson Plans (15) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) 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 (2)


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Edible Cell
Description: As part of the study on Life Processes, the students will watch a video clip at Cells Alive to see a model of the cell and its componenets. The students will use edible products to create an animal cell. Each product will represent a component of the cell. This will be done whole group.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 (4 - 5), 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: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biomes: Where are the Wild Things?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore biomes, ecosystems, and habitats by navigating the Internet. They will research biomes, ecosystems, and habitats in order to create a newsletter. They will have the opportunity to distribute their newsletters and discuss their findings with students in their school.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Identify and Classify
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students learn about scientific classification by navigating the Internet. They will examine a variety of potato chips in order to create their own classification key.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Vertebrates or Invertebrates
Description: During this lesson, students navigate the Internet to discover facts about vertebrates and invertebrates. They use the facts they learn to participate in several class activities.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Classification
Description: This lesson will explain the reasons that society groups and classifies. The lesson has a hands-on component that helps students connect everyday grouping with the way that scientists group and classify all living organisms.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I Know What I Am... but, What Are You? (Classifying Living Things)
Description: During this lesson students will develop an understanding of how to classify living things and what creates the distinction among them. They will learn to classify living things by effects, environment, and activity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Systems Every "body" Needs to Know
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore the human body through a WebQuest with Internet and multimedia resources provided for research. Students will create a cell diagram, write a letter, and create a slideshow presentation to demonstrate knowledge of the subject and appropriate use of technology.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals: Unique Creatures With Great Features
Description: During this unit of study, students will become knowledgeable of animals' characteristics, basic needs and habitats. The purpose of this unit is to educate students through investigation and research about various animals and the characteristics which link them to specific animal groups. Students will present information through models, oral reports and presentations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Classification
Description: In this lesson, students will discuss the classification of animals. They will work in groups to research and present classification information about a selected group of animals.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Power of the Presentation
Description: Students will research an endangered African animal using resources from the Alabama Virtual Library and other Internet sites, and then design and present a persuasive and informative digital slideshow presentation on the animal and how to prevent extinction.


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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 - 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
Title: Life in a Drop of Pond Water     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the second in a two-part series on microorganisms, students observe microscopic organisms found in pond water using a hand lens, 30x magnification, and 100x magnification. Then students participate in discussions about how single-celled living things might satisfy their needs for food, water, and air.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: What Makes You Wild?
Digital Tool: Build Your Wild Self Interactive Activity
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity is offered through New York Zoos and Aquarium.  It allows students to create an avatar of themselves using animal characteristics.  When the avatar is finished, information about each featured animal is provided to describe the student's "wild" avatar.


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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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Polar Bears
Overview:
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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Millipedes
Overview:
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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African Dwarf Frogs
Overview:
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. 


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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Kid Zone - Animal Classes
http://www.kidzone.w...
Introduction to animal classes.

Interactives/Games


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Variation in Living Things
http://www.crickweb....
This website provides 3 different interactive activities that allow students to classify, compare, and contrast living things.

Learning Activities


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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."

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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