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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Science (5)
Title: The Layers of the Atmosphere
Description: This week we are going to be talking about the different layers of the Earth's Atmosphere. There are 5 layers that we will be discussing this week. This lesson will have technology incorporated into it with the smart board and the computer. The students will be using the internet to view the layers of the Earth with the weather channel, Google Maps and Google Earth. 


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: Grow a GEM
Description: Students will  grow crystals out of different substances.  Students will also document and make a podcast video of the growth of their crystals. Students will make and identify different geometric shapes. 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: Mathematics (7), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Puzzling Pangaea
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to research information in order to prove or disprove if a super continent ever existed. Students will create a model of Pangaea to show how their research findings ‘connect' in a puzzle format. Students will conduct a survey to find out their peers opinion of Pangaea and communicate the results in graphs.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Doppler is Warning You!
Description: This lesson plan is designed to involve students in research about the impact Doppler Radar has made in regards to weather. An original video podcast will be created by groups to teach others about Doppler Radar and the effects it has had on communities in Alabama specifically.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Researching the Oceans of the Earth
Description: This unit is a result of collaboration between the librarian and the 5th grade Science teacher. The Ocean Unit developed by the librarian is hands-on research in various areas of the library utilizing print, software and Internet access. During research students will collect information to complete a folder, brochure, PowerPoint presentation and a webpage.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Water Cycle Animation (A lesson involving handheld computer/Palm Pilots)
Description: This technology-rich lesson involves students using handheld computers, such as Palm Pilots. Students will use the program "Sketchy" to create animation of the water cycle. Students will also use "Word to Go" to write a paragraph on the water cycle.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Learning the Three Layers
Description: This lesson will help students visualize the Earth's crust (lithosphere), mantle, and core. The students will work in groups to research and design a model of the Earth's layers. Some of the types of models include: computer, fruits such as peaches and apples, and Play-Doh.


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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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Doppler is Warning You!
Overview:
This podcast consists of four meteorologists describing Doppler radar.  The first is Ms. Jessica Talley and Ms. Kristina Sumrall from the National Weather Service in Calera, AL.  She describes how Doppler works.  The second is Ms. Stephanie Walker of Alabama's13 (NBC).  She is a broadcast meteorologists and tells how she uses Doppler to inform the public about upcoming weather.  Finally, James Spann from ABC3340 tells about tornadoes and how they look on Doppler radar.


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Space Camp Podcast, March 2009
Overview:
  Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the March 2009 Space podcast. July 20, 2009 marks the 40 year anniversary of the first successful flight to the moon. That year Neil Armstrong took his first historic step out onto the moon’s surface. Listen as Scoot-R, space camp’s training robot, tells a little about Dr. von Braun and the history of the space program. The video also features Kelly who discusses hydroponics and its importance to the space program. Learn how scientists are able to grow plants in any environment with just water and plant food. This will allow astronauts to grow their own food in space while making longer flights to other planets in the future.  


Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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