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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (4), or Social Studies (4)
Title: A Study of the Physical Regions of Alabama
Description: In this lesson, students will learn the characteristics of the five geographic regions of Alabama by researching the regions using maps, the Internet, and books. The students will also make a salt dough map depicting Alabama’s land regions. This lesson was created as a part of the Alabama History Education Initiative, funded by a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2009. Author Information: Ivy Murry and DeShaundra Johnson (Cohort 1: 2009-2010); Holly Hill Elementary and Hall-Kent; Elementary Enterprise City Schools and Homewood City Schools;  Enterprise, AL and Homewood, AL


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (2), 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: Credit Recovery Science (4), or 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: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (2 - 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: Credit Recovery Science (3 - 4), or Science (3), 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 Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (2 - 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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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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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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