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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) 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).


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Social Studies (3 - 4)
Title: Alabama, The River State
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the abundant water resources in Alabama. Concepts include: water is essential for life and water is a natural resource we must preserve and protect.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Science (4), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Let Them Eat Cake! - Topography Lesson
Description: Contour lines on topographic maps require visual processing to read and interpret. This hands-on activity helps give a tasty mental image.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth has Many Layers
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that will help students explore what geologists do to study the different layers of the Earth. Students will work in cooperative groups to complete this activity. Students will also keep a Science Journal telling about their findings. This lesson will follow the Learning Cycle.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 (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Ocean Floor
Description: Students will learn about parts of the ocean including the beach, ocean ridge, continental shelf, and trenches. Also, students will research the Internet for information on the ocean floor and animals of the ocean. Students will recreate the ocean floor using their own creativity. 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), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Description: Over time, volcanoes all over the world have caused the earth to change. Using various activities, research, and dynamic media, students will discover what causes volcanoes to erupt. They will learn different volcanic shapes and how volcanoes are predicted.


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Subject: Science (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Antarctic Adventures!
Description: This month-long ongoing lesson will give the students opportunities to learn more about Antarctica. They will investigate and research specific information and use it to create a notebook and an information table.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explosive Fun with Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson the students will work in groups to make their own volcanoes and learn the different aspects of a volcano.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Landforms Acrostic Poetry
Description: Students will write acrostic poems using scientific information about various landforms. These poems will reinforce concepts learned in science.


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Subject: Science
Title: Salt: Up Close and Personal      
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students predict, observe, and explain the details of salt as they view it under a variety of magnifications. They observe salt with the naked eye, and then under a hand lens, microscope, and electron microscope (the electron image is via the Internet).
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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 - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
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 - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Are Islands Formed?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson provides students with information about how islands are formed, including a basic knowledge of plate tectonics. Using the islands of Hawaii as an example, students learn about the Earth processes that cause the formation of islands over time, including volcanoes and hot spots.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Changing With the Tide     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about and act out the functions of the salt marsh habitat. They learn about the changing nature of salt marshes and imitate the actions of the plants and animals that live there in order to understand life in the salt marsh.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why Is Oceanography Important?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about some of the important discoveries that oceanographers have made and some areas that they are investigating. They use two Web sites to gather this information, including National Geographic's Blue Frontier site. They conclude by making posters explaining how oceanography is used and why it's important.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Active Earth     
Description: In this lesson, students investigate natural disasters and create a poster showing '' '' The Active Earth.'' '' They look at examples of weather maps and create their own weather map based on the current weather conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Earthquakes and Volcanoes     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards. They also research specific volcanoes or earthquake zones and write pretend letters to residents of these areas describing the risks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Geological Features of Earth
Overview:
This podcast was created by fourth grade students. They researched bodies of water, beaches, ocean ridges, continental shelves, plateaus, faults, canyons, sand dunes, and ice Caps. They drew pictures and told about each feature. 


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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National Geographic Xpeditions
http://www.nationalg...
This website has a lesson with volcanoes and earthquakes.

Podcasts


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PBS Kids-Science
http://pbskids.org/e...
Student interactive site, plus lesson plans, etc. about plants, animals, the environment, etc.

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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Geography for Kids
http://www.kidsgeo.c...
This site is a free online geography textbook written for kids. Geography is the study of the Earth as it exists today. This site also includes interactive geography games.

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Beach Kids
http://water.epa.gov...
This site contains information on beaches, pollution, water safety, games, parent info on beaches, and other useful links. The game is interactive.

Interactives/Games


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PBS Kids-Science
http://pbskids.org/e...
Student interactive site, plus lesson plans, etc. about plants, animals, the environment, etc.

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Geography for Kids
http://www.kidsgeo.c...
This site is a free online geography textbook written for kids. Geography is the study of the Earth as it exists today. This site also includes interactive geography games.

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Beach Kids
http://water.epa.gov...
This site contains information on beaches, pollution, water safety, games, parent info on beaches, and other useful links. The game is interactive.

Learning Activities


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PBS Kids-Science
http://pbskids.org/e...
Student interactive site, plus lesson plans, etc. about plants, animals, the environment, etc.

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Geography for Kids
http://www.kidsgeo.c...
This site is a free online geography textbook written for kids. Geography is the study of the Earth as it exists today. This site also includes interactive geography games.

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Beach Kids
http://water.epa.gov...
This site contains information on beaches, pollution, water safety, games, parent info on beaches, and other useful links. The game is interactive.

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.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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 - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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