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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Life Cycle of Ferns, A Seedless Vascular Plant
Description: Students will listen, watch, and read while the teacher goes over the life cycle of the ferns. Students will then use the textbook or Internet websites to draw, label, decorate, or color the life cycle of ferns. Students will also use various resources to answer questions about ferns. 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: Arts Education (1), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Botany Scavenger Hunt Where's the Ginkgo?
Description: Students use a science nature journal to log in plants native to Alabama. They sketch pictures of leaves, identify the special characteristics of the plant, and describe the environment where it was found. They also research special characteristics and classifiy the plant. 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), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Circles of Life
Description: This is an inquiry based cooperative learning unit that can be used in biology as a graduation exam review or in botany for a nine week project. The students will learn the life cycle of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The teacher can choose to do the cycles together or separate.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 - 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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Identifying trees with Leafsnap for iPads
Digital Tool: Leafsnap for iPads
Digital Tool Description: The application uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of the leaves.


ALEX Podcasts


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Moncots and Dicots: Do you know what they are?
Overview:
This is a podcast describing the two classes of Angiosperms, Monocots and Dicots. The podcast provides real examples of how you can view a leaf and identify a plant as moncot or dicot. The leaf examples are native to northern Alabama. The podcast can be used in class to introduce the topic or as a review of the topic.


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Living Things
http://fi.edu/tfi/un...
This website identifies plant kingdom divisions through this unit study on living things.

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Popular Groups on the Tree of Life
http://tolweb.org/tr...
The Tree of Life Project provides information about animals and plants, their history and characteristics.

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Electronic Leaf Collection
http://leafsnap.com/...
LeafSnap is an electronic field guide for trees of the Northeast and is quickly adding trees of the Southeast. The mobile app has visual recognition software and can identify trees by their leaves. Students snap a picture of the leaf and works through an identification process.

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Electronic Leaf Collection
http://leafsnap.com/...
LeafSnap is an electronic field guide for trees of the Northeast and is quickly adding trees of the Southeast. The mobile app has visual recognition software and can identify trees by their leaves. Students snap a picture of the leaf and works through an identification process.

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