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Lesson Plans (15) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (6) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (3) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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.


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Tree of Life
Description: This is a lesson to help students understand the phylogeny of organisms and how all organisms are linked in a certain way. By navigating an Internet site, students will learn how organisms are classified.


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Cells
Description: Students will research prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The students will then research plant and animal cells, comparing and contrasting the two. Students will also research the major organelles and the function of each. Students will then construct a slideshow presentation with accompanying brochure to communicate the information.


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: It's a Small, Small World
Description: As an introduction to the study of diversity of life, science students will use hands-on inquiry experiments to discover the microscopic world through a microscope. Students will use computers to create a brochure or slideshow presentation to show the three kinds of protists. Students will learn the importance of all life in our biosphere.


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Subject: Science
Title: Spider Web Sites     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the complex social structure of the colonial orb weaving spider. 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: Plant Parents     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a two-part series on reproduction in plants, covers how most plants normally reproduce--sexually. In this lesson, students learn the parts of the flower and the process of sexual reproduction in plants.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Cells 2: The Cell as a System     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students begin to understand the cell as a system by exploring a more familiar and tangible example of a system--a factory. Throughout the lesson, students compare the factory to a cell, beginning to understand how both can be thought of as a system.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Feather Analysis     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a technique for tracking the migration of songbirds that involves analyzing their feathers. 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: Lizard Mates     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about what female lizards look for when selecting a mate. Research shows that the lizards are more interested in the male's territory than his size. 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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Photosynthesis, Trees, and the Greenhouse Effect     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students study photosynthesis and then then transfer their understanding of this topic to a consideration of how trees can help reduce the negative impacts of the greenhouse effect. They read a Web page describing the greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide's role as a greenhouse gas, and the role of humans in exacerbating this effect. Students also browse the Web site of an organization that sponsors tree planting programs and consider how these programs might help reduce or slow down the increase of the greenhouse effect. They conclude by writing paragraphs telling younger kids about the benefits of trees and plants.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Department of Crane-Land Security     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn how to protect cranes in the wild as they migrate. They use an interactive tool to create a profile on a given crane species.
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
Title: Seal Cam     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nature photographers have recruited Weddell seals to help them shoot film under the Antarctic ice. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter     
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn what coral reefs are and about the different types of reefs, study the ecology surrounding these biological playgrounds, and explore the human impact on them. Additionally, this lesson provides an opportunity for students to debate whether human contact should be impeded around coral reefs, a constructive approach for defending controversial environmental issues.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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 - Botany - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Venn Diagrams to Compare Two Ecosystems     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson helps students identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. Many students believe that the Earth's only rain forests are found in the tropics. On the contrary, temperate rain forests can be found along the coast of North America's Pacific Northwest. These stands are as endangered as and much smaller than their tropical cousins. By acquiring geographic information from a number of sources, and by using that information to complete a Venn diagram, students come to understand the distribution of temperate and tropical rain forests and the unique characteristics of both.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Classify That!     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students get acquainted with diverse forms of life by using modern biological classification systems to group animals that are related. Students learn about basic scientific groupings like genus, species, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. One of the Web sites featured in this lesson allows them to pair different vertebrate animals and learn more about their common traits. By doing this, students begin to classify organisms in a more sophisticated way.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Field Trip
Overview:
This podcast gives a brief overview of our field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  This incredible weekend excursion provided 35 8th grade science club students a chance to explore a barrier island, view marine life hands-on, and study ecological and evironmental elements of the Gulf of Mexico.  The students participated in several activities such as trip to the local estuarium, a boat trip on the sea lab research vessel, a salt marsh trip, shark dissection, and a plankton study.  The students learned a tremendous amount about the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island.  The trip was amazing and the students still talk about it today!


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Dissection of the "Perfect" Flower!
Overview:
This PodCast was created as 7th Grade students dissected the "Perfect" flower.  As the students dissected the flowers they were allowed to view the parts of the flower which we had discussed in Life Science Class.  This lab was part of the AMSTI program.  The 7th graders really gain a better understanding of the plant parts and functions through conducting this lab activity. 


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Subject: Science
Title: Spider Web Sites     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the complex social structure of the colonial orb weaving spider. 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: Feather Analysis     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a technique for tracking the migration of songbirds that involves analyzing their feathers. 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: Lizard Mates     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about what female lizards look for when selecting a mate. Research shows that the lizards are more interested in the male's territory than his size. 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: Seal Cam     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nature photographers have recruited Weddell seals to help them shoot film under the Antarctic ice. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Podcasts


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Flowering Plants
https://voicethread....
Flowering plants, or angiosperms—described taxonomically as the division Magnoliophyta—are the largest grouping within the plant kingdom (Kingdom Plantae)in terms of the numbers of described species. Approximately 260,000 species of flowering plants have been named so far, constituting nearly 90% of all known species of plants. The distinctive feature of this group is the flower, a cluster of highly-specialized leaves which participate in reproduction.

Assessments


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Photosynthesis
http://www.neok12.co...
The parts of leaf and the process photosynthesis of are labeled and scored to assess mastery, in this interactive assessment.

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Plant Life Cycle Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of the plant life cycle are identified in a ten question quiz that is computer graded.

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Interactive Animal and Plant Classification Quiz
http://www.quia.com/...
This website allows students to take a quiz on the general characteristics of animals and plants.

Informational Materials


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Mitosis Animation
http://www.biology.a...
Great animation of the process of mitosis. Go to the bottom of the page for the animation.

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Photosynthesis
http://plants.pppst....
Website with PowerPoint for photosynthesis, plants and others

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Flowering Plants
https://voicethread....
Flowering plants, or angiosperms—described taxonomically as the division Magnoliophyta—are the largest grouping within the plant kingdom (Kingdom Plantae)in terms of the numbers of described species. Approximately 260,000 species of flowering plants have been named so far, constituting nearly 90% of all known species of plants. The distinctive feature of this group is the flower, a cluster of highly-specialized leaves which participate in reproduction.

Interactives/Games


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Mitosis/Meiosis
http://www.cellsaliv...
Great animation of mitosis in an animal cell and interactives for meiosis and the cell cycle.

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Mitosis Animation
http://www.biology.a...
Great animation of the process of mitosis. Go to the bottom of the page for the animation.

Learning Activities


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Mitosis/Meiosis
http://www.cellsaliv...
Great animation of mitosis in an animal cell and interactives for meiosis and the cell cycle.

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Photosynthesis
http://plants.pppst....
Website with PowerPoint for photosynthesis, plants and others

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Life Cycles in Nature
http://www.mrsoshous...
Students will compare the life cycle of two species of animals that live in the same environment.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Science
Title: Save Our Animals     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, provides directions and links needed for students to complete a project in which they create a campaign to increase awareness about endangered species.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall.     
Description: After exploring the ways that monarch butterflies react to seasons, students complete an inquiry study to examine how other things change because of the seasons and create a class anthology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Department of Crane-Land Security     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn how to protect cranes in the wild as they migrate. They use an interactive tool to create a profile on a given crane species.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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