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Lesson Plans (10) 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. Assessments (2) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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Subject: Science (6), or Social Studies (3 - 6)
Title: Where am I?
Description: This lesson teaches one of the geography themes called location. Students will learn about absolute location and relative location as they search the globe. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
Description: During this lesson students are going to take a look at moon phases and sunrise-sunset times in order to learn about daylight hours. Students discover that we do not always have the same amount of daylight each day. This lesson is best completed in December and January.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Reason for the Season     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
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: Mathematics
Title: Measuring Shadows     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the pattern (length and direction) of shadows cast by sunlight during a several month period. They develop an interpretation of the daily and seasonal patterns and variations observed.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: The Four Seasons     
Description: This purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to dispel common misconceptions and help students understand that the tilt of the earth's axis causes seasons. After reading about the topic, students observe a demonstration of tilt.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Tilted Earth     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the cause of Earth's tilt, which is responsible for the change of seasons. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: What Do People Know About the Arctic and Antarctic?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the landscapes, climates, and animal life of the polar regions. They then interview people to find out what they think and know about the regions. They conclude by writing paragraphs explaining why it's important to know about the polar regions and detailing the differences between the two regions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates     
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Mr. Strickland and the Gridded Earth
Overview:
Latitude and longitude are important tools to reading a map.  By allowing us to grid the surface of the Earth, they make locating areas, countries, and regions easier.  They also help to explain the hours of the day, and the climate experienced in different parts of the globe.  This podcast uses humor and easy to understand explanations to describe both latitude and longitude, and their usefulness in mapping the globe.  


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Tilted Earth     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the cause of Earth's tilt, which is responsible for the change of seasons. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Podcasts


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Assessments


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Simply Seasons
http://highered.mcgr...
Interactive site to help students understand the tilt of the Earth and the Reasons for Seasons

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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Informational Materials


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Interactives/Games


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Simply Seasons
http://highered.mcgr...
Interactive site to help students understand the tilt of the Earth and the Reasons for Seasons

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Learning Activities


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Teacher Tools


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Reason for the Season     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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