ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Arts Education (K), or Science (K)
Title: Animal Alterations: How Do Animals Change Their Habitats?
Description: Students will begin by describing how humans change their environment in order to provide for their needs. Students will watch a video clip that explains how several forest animals alter their habitats, and then explain how other animals might change their environment in order to survive. At the conclusion of the lesson, students will create a drawing that illustrates how an animal may alter their environment to provide for its needs.
This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Subject: Arts Education (K)
Title: Little Quack
Description: After reading the book, Little Quack, students will explore and recreate a picture from the story using several different textures.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Arts Education (K - 12)
Title: Printing Your Own Money
Description: Art teachers know how fun block printmaking is for students. Once you have your original block cut and ready to go, replicating your art work multiple times is fun and easy. Turn this beautiful art making technique into a classroom fundraiser this holiday season!
Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Class Portrait: An Anthology In Words and Pictures
Description: Students will use a digital camera and word processor to produce an illustrated anthology of original poetry.
Subject: Arts Education (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tantalizing Tangrams
Description: This is an introductory lesson using tangrams. Students will observe the seven geometric shapes that make up the tangram in a variety of ways that exhibit spatial relationships. They will have hands-on experiences using these tangrams to create new shapes. Finally, they will try to make the seven shapes form a square.
Subject: Arts Education (K), or English Language Arts (K)
Title: Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own
Description: Students will summarize a Leo Lionni story through drawing and writing. Students will also mix the three primary colors to make secondary colors.
Subject: Arts Education (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Art Fun With the Fairy Tale, The Fisherman and His Wife
Description: This lesson will give students the opportunity to view a variety of illustrations in different forms of literature. Students will be able to create their own work of art. They will also find that fairy tales can inspire readers to create original works of art.
Subject: Arts Education (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Easter Egg Eggstravaganza
Description: Computer and language arts skills will be introduced, reinforced and enriched through Easter activities related to the book The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood.
Subject: Arts Education (K - 1)
Title: Pig Art
Description: Students will explore three-dimensional art and produce an art object. The art will relate to the story of The Three Little Pigs.
ALEX Learning Activities
Title: Proud to be an American
Digital Tool: Popplet
Digital Tool Description: Popplet is a tool for creating digital graphic organizers. Research tells us that students can only process about 5-9 bits of information at a time. Graphic organizers help our students chunk large amounts of information into more manageable pieces for processing.
In this learning asset, Popplet will be used in the closing activity to help students organize symbols of our nation.