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Lesson Plans (16) 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. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) 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.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Human Population Growth WebQuest
Description: This is a technology-based lesson plan that integrates science and math to determine dynamics in population growth.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Organism PowerPoints/ Booklets
Description: This lesson requires students to use technology to research information on any organism from one of the six kingdoms. Students use the information to produce a PowerPoint presentation or booklet to present to their classmates. This project covers several biology and zoology objectives and is intended to be a review of the material previously covered.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: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Oh, Deer!
Description: Oh, Deer helps students to understand food, water, and shelter as three essential components of an organism's habitat. It is intended to show how food, water, and shelter are limiting factors that affect the population growth of other organisms. 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: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Diverse Life forms of the Ocean
Description: This lesson allows students to view and draw conclusions on the importance of life in the ocean. It uses student created movies to explore what is going on, as well as identifying the zones and diverse life associated with the oceans. The teacher will be able to facilitate mult-faceted questions concerning the oceans and all the interactions of life within it.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: About a Tree: The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Mark Olson     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson's efforts to identify extinct or nearly extinct plants and the reasons for the plant losses. They consider the issues surrounding conservation efforts in dry tropical regions. Students read articles highlighting the tension between wildlife conservation and agriculture, compare the perspectives of those who are most intensely involved in both, and form an opinion as to what might be done to resolve the conflict. Students research both sides of the issue and write an editorial or letter to Congress supporting their opinion. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article titled Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Fish and Flowers     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a study that compared the flora around ponds with fish to the flora around ponds without fish. University of Florida ecologist Robert Holt and his colleagues studied eight freshwater ponds. 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, Social Studies
Title: Managing the Everglades Ecosystem     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to explore the Everglades ecosystem using the Internet. Students develop an understanding about conservation of resources in the context of the Everglades, explore relationships between species and habitats, and develop an understanding of how human beings have altered the equilibrium in the Everglades.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery     
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Biomagnification in the Great Lakes Ecosystems     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on biomagnification as it relates to the ecosystems of the Great Lakes region in the mid-western United States. As they work through the lesson, students diagram a food chain and label maps to show progress on environmental issues.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Tree Torture     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research being done to keep Arizona's San Pedro River from drying up due to increased demands for water in the area. 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: Mammoth Extinction     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore a Web resource that presents various hypotheses about why the woolly mammoth became extinct, with a special focus on an infectious disease as the cause. After exploring the information, students discuss how species might become extinct as well as how researchers look for evidence to support their hypotheses and theories.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather and Agriculture     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Owls: Top of a Food Chain     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson serves as proof that owls eat rodents and use this energy to survive. Owls excrete the parts of the rodent that they are unable to digest, leading students to infer that they are recycled in the soil. Using commercial owl pellets, students can try to identify the type of rodent eaten by the owl. Students are capable of creating a food chain based on prior knowledge: Owl-vole-grain or seeds-sun.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health
Title: Farmers & Pesticides     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the dangers associated with exposure to pesticides. 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



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Fish and Flowers     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a study that compared the flora around ponds with fish to the flora around ponds without fish. University of Florida ecologist Robert Holt and his colleagues studied eight freshwater ponds. 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: Tree Torture     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research being done to keep Arizona's San Pedro River from drying up due to increased demands for water in the area. 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: Health
Title: Farmers & Pesticides     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the dangers associated with exposure to pesticides. 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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Ecology and Biome Unit
http://www.accessexc...
A lesson plan for an ecology and biome unit, including day-by-day activities and projects.

Informational Materials


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Types of Symbiosis
http://users.rcn.com...
This site explains the interactions between two species that live in close association for long periods.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Science
Title: Mammoth Extinction: E-sheet     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students in an online exploration of the possible reasons Woolly mammoths went extinct.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.     
Description: A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery     
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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