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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Make your Holidays Ornamentally Cellular
Description: During the holidays, the students will use clear ornaments and other craft materials to create plant and animal cells. They will be able to identify the parts of the cell and identify its functions.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Old Is That Tree?
Description: One of the best ways to learn about a tree is to look at its annual rings. Tree rings show patterns of change in the tree's life as well as changes in the area where it grows. In this lesson, students will trace environmental changes using a cross- section of a tree trunk.


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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: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mitosis: Divide to Survive
Description: This lesson includes a Power Point presentation that will guide the students through an investigation of mitosis, or cellular division. The lesson will review the basic functions and parts of animal and plant cells and then introduce the process of cellular mitosis and division. The lesson's graphics will stimulate student interest and deepen understanding.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science
Title: Classification 1: Classification of Living Organisms     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on classification, students learn that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features, and that classification schemes vary with purpose. Students begin the lesson by sorting buttons, then move on to a more complicated sorting exercise using animal cards. Students sort the cards multiple times using a variety of criteria.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Plant and Animal Cells
Digital Tool: Cells Cells Rap
Digital Tool Description: This video is a rap about both plant and animal cells. It also includes the organelles and their functions inside the cell. This is a fun, rhythmic learning experience.


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Title: It's Great to EduCreate!
Digital Tool: Educreations
Digital Tool Description: Educreations is a website/app in which you can create interactive whiteboard lessons.  It is quick and easy to do and students are able to learn at their own pace.


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Title: A cell is more than you think!
Digital Tool: Blogger
Digital Tool Description: The lesson will consist of talking with the class to discuss the animal and the plant cell. After the teacher is finished explaining both, she must ask the students to present their experiences doing the activity. The students will stand up in pairs and presenting together in order to explain to the class three things: their experience learning and teaching each other, one thing they learned teaching and one thing they learned from the other student, and lastly, what aspects of the cells did they find both cells have in common. 


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Title: Do You Know Your Plant's Cells?
Digital Tool: Study Jams Slide Show - Plant Cells
Digital Tool Description: The Study Jams Slide Show has auto-timed advancing slides that show actual photographs of the different parts of plant cells. Key vocabulary is listed on the title page. It provides an introduction to plant cells.  


Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Science
Title: Virtual Pond Dip     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students in an online exploration of a virtual pond. They examine the microorganisms present in a drop of pond water.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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