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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Heart Graphing
Description: During this lesson students will complete hands-on activities.Technology will be incorporated with this lesson. Students will sort conversation heart candy by colors. Students will then use their data to complete picture graphs.


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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animals that Measure Up!
Description: Students will learn how to order items by length. They will use plastic toy animals for hands on learning and then students will locate pictures of animals of various lengths and sizes in their natural habitat on the Internet. They will use those pictures in creating a five slide presentation. The students will put those slides in order from longest animal to shortest animal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Digging In For Dirt Day!
Description: This lesson is managed through stations that students will rotate around every 20- 30 minutes. Each second grade teacher conducts one station. Parent volunteers can also be used to manage stations. Students will use an auger to gather soil, produce a soil painting, make a dirt cup to represent layers of soil, do a Shake It Up! activity to examine how soil settles, and examine local soil. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Fantastic Fractions"
Description: The students will use sugar-free Gummy bears to identify fractional parts of the whole.  The students will create a graph using the information obtain.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Build a Keyboard!
Description: Keyboarding for young children with short attention spans can be hard to teach. In order to create an exciting atmosphere, the class will build a classroom keyboard character. Children will learn about basic parts of the computer. The class will build a keyboard character to display in the classroom. The children will also use Type to Learn, Jr. in order to learn early typing skills.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Moon
Description: In this interactive activity, students will review details about the moon through children's literature. Students will also be responsible for collecting data about the moon and its phases. Finally, the students will produce original podcasts to display their data.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: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Time to Tell Time
Description: Students will learn how to tell time to the minute using an analog clock manipulative and an Internet based program.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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Hurricanes
Description: This lesson starts out with a short video clip of Hurricane Ivan and shows the pattern it followed. Emphasis is placed on the fact that Hurricane Ivan struck and the eye traveled over Alabama. Discussion of hurricane facts follow. Students are given hurricane safety rules and procedures.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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Solar System
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the planets and sun in the solar system. Students will work together to research assigned planets and create an advertisement poster to promote their planet as a great vacation get away. Students will learn the order of the planets, the size of the planets, and some characteristics of each planet.This lesson incorporates technology, reading, writing, and art. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Five Senses- How They Relate to Our World
Description: This lesson will demonstrate and incorporate the use of the five senses. Through hands-on and exploratory experiences, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the five senses. Students will also gain an awareness of the limitations for those who do not have use of all of their senses. 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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tornadoes
Description: Students answer KWL questions on tornadoes before watching two short videos of a tornado, its formation, and its damage. Using a tornado simulation experiment, students discuss tornado facts. Students read and evaluate a list of safety rules and procedures to produce a poster of the effects of a tornado. 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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Are You a Square or a Rectangle?
Description: During a hands-on, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and non-standard units of measure. 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: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Napping House
Description: During this lesson, children "wonder" when interacting with text. Instead of predicting what comes next in the story, students use their imaginations to wonder about what might happen. They create their own wondering multimedia slide about a new text. This is a great way to encourage creativity.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Why Does It Rain?
Description: The focus of this lesson is to demonstrate how rain occurs. Through trade books, Internet exploration and a teacher-led experiment, students become familiar with the water cycle.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to explore different types of community helpers. Students begin to identify activities and tools associated with these community helpers. Students also begin to identify helping careers they might enjoy.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Beanie Baby Habitats Collaborative Project
Description: With the booming market of "Beanie Baby" type stuffed animals being so prominent in students' lives, this project brings that interest into the classroom through the use of research, science, hands-on experiences, and technology. The project includes research of living things and habitats through various resources including textbookss, trade books, encyclopedias, and the Internet. It also includes a hands-on project where students design and create a habitat for a chosen living thing. Students will work collaboratively in the classroom and use communication skills to share information with another classroom using distance learning capabilities throughout the project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Tour of Birmingham: WebQuest
Description: This inquiry-based project will provide opportunities for students to learn about the history of Birmingham. Students will discover the variety tourist attractions in Birmingham, Alabama.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Flutter By, Butterfly!
Description: This technology-based lesson will teach students the basic characteristics of different types of butterflies. It should be presented after a unit about the life cycle and habitat of butterflies. Students will use approved Internet sites to locate illustrations and facts about various species of butterflies. Students will work together and with teacher assistance to create a slideshow presentation that combines all of the species of butterflies the students locate.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: WANTED: A Few Of Our Favorite Authors
Description: This unit is designed to spotlight the work of one children's author each month. Students explore the life and writing styles of each author studied, as well as incorporating studies of story elements in the various works.


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Subject: Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Community Helpers
Description: In this unit, students will be learning about community helpers. They will look at several different community helpers individually, and discuss their jobs and how they are helpful. Students will decide which community helper they think is the most important and why. Finally, the students will create a presentation which shows their favorite community helpers.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Clifford's Class Trip by Norman Bridwell
Description: During this lesson students learn new vocabulary words through an enjoyable children's book. Students use knowledge of the new words to create a slideshow and original story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: An Ocean Adventure
Description: Students will listen to a story and then, using the writing process, write their own story using word processing software. They will then create an ocean picture to illustrate their stories.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Amazing Antigravity Stem
Description: This lesson consists of an experiment which will demonstrate how a plant uses its stem to carry water and minerals from the roots to the leaves and other parts of the plant. Students will then use their word processing skills to record what they know about the stem of a plant.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Read, Write, and Say
Description: In this lesson students improve their ability to spell sight words and decodable text. Students use a slideshow presentation to practice spelling frequently-used words. This lesson will improve students' writing skills.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Readers' Theatre for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Description: This readers' theatre of Verna Aardema's Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain crosses the curriculum to incorporate language arts, social studies, and science objectives. Students will become familiar with the text of the story and then present the story as a play with parts.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Classroom Feud
Description: As part of a unit about the state of Alabama, students spend time collecting information about the state, which they in turn report to a classroom in another state using distance learning equipment. Then the two classroms in different states "battle it out" in a game show about the two states written by the teachers.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's About Time
Description: During this lesson students gain an understanding of an analog clock and a digital clock. Students watch a movie that explains the importance of time. Students make a clock, see how it works, and complete activities that demonstrate understanding of the concepts covered.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Become a Thanksgiving Historian
Description: Students may be surprised to find out that some ideas they have about the history of Thanksgiving are actually myths. In this lesson students become a true "Thanksgiving historian" by completing a Venn diagram about the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims with information acquired through Internet searches.


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Weather
Description: Over this three-week unit, students will learn basic concepts about weather and the part it plays in their everyday lives. Students will make a slideshow presentation that summarizes the content presented about seasons and things in the sky. Also, students will make a flyer that summarizes the content presented about severe weather and severe weather safety. Finally, students will keep a daily log of local weather and put this information into a website.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Word Families: -ig and -ip
Description: This technology-based lesson will help students develop their phonemic awareness by teaching students to hear the sounds in the -ig and -ip word families. It also leads students to apply what they have learned.


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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Geometric Shapes
Description: During this lesson, students will explore shapes and become aware of shapes all around them. They will search for shapes in a variety of places and explore shapes on the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Legendary Lighthouses
Description: In this technology-based interdisciplinary lesson, students will discover many facts about lighthouses by navigating the Internet. Students have the opportunity to use the facts they learn to create their own stories about lighthouses.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Christmas Around The World
Description: This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Vocabulary Magic
Description: This lesson will take words that are unknown to students and teach students how to determine their meanings. This will help open up the world of reading to students.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
Description: This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Teeth
Description: During this lesson, students will be taught the importance of good oral hygiene. They will learn about life-long care of teeth. They will also learn about common tooth problems. Students will have the opportunity to view important tooth facts on the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Identifying and Using Action Verbs
Description: It is important to know how to use verbs correctly. This lesson will demonstrate how to use action verbs. Students will visit Internet sites to learn more about action verbs. They will have the opportunity to use newly-learned action verbs to write a story and act it out.


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Subject: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Is Alive?
Description: This lesson is the opening lesson for a unit of study entitled "Why Doesn't A Caterpillar Grow Up To Be An Oak Tree?" during which students take a look at life cycles of plants and animals. This lesson will encourage students to explore the concepts of "living" and "non-living" by comparing them.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Johnny Appleseed
Description: During this lesson, students will learn about Johnny Appleseed through a variety of sources. From the information, students will distinguish between fact and fiction. Students will use the writing process to create their own stories about Johnny Appleseed. They will have the opportunity to publish their work and share it with the class.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Good Hygiene: Hands and Teeth
Description: During this technology based hands-on lesson, students explore the Internet to learn about the importance of hand washing and teeth brushing. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate these methods of guarding their health.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Magnet Mania
Description: Students will discover the power of magnets through this interactive lesson. First, students will participate in a virtual field trip. Afterwards, students will create electronic posters about magnets using information learned during the field trip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun on the Farm
Description: During this lesson, students will navigate the Internet to learn about farm animals. Students will take a virtual field trip with the teacher to explore a farm. They will also visit a website and explore farm animals and their sounds.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animal, Insect, and Bird Classification
Description: As a follow-up to a unit on the classifications of animals, insects, and birds, students will attend a distance learning field trip. The students will then e-mail trusted adults some of the information learned about the classification of animals.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Upper and Lower Case Match-up
Description: This technology-based lesson has students navigate Internet sites to assist them with learning the letter names and sounds. Students also use slideshow presentations to identify letter matches and learn beginning sounds.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's Great to be ME!
Description: This lesson addresses the similarities and differences among people. Incorporating the literature of Eric Carle and a virtual field trip focusing on healthy habits and the five senses, students will have a greater sense of their connection to each other.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fire Safety
Description: This is a week-long fire safety unit. Students will learn fire safety procedures, what firefighters do, and the difference in fighting fires in schools, home, forests and on water. Internet games will reinforce fire safety knowledge.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Computer Alphabet Book
Description: During this lesson, students will use the computer to make an alphabet book using word processing software. Students will demonstrate their ability to list pictures with the same beginning sound as the letters of the alphabet and learn how to insert clip art and type words in a document.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Tales
Description: During this lesson, students will recall events from a story and describe the life cycle of the butterfly. Students will use their imaginations, writing, and computer skills to create a butterfly tale. They will discuss and integrate words that describe butterflies in their butterfly tale.


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Subject: Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Five Senses
Description: In this lesson students discover the five senses through literature and the Internet. Student create a presentation to demonstrate the five senses. Students also become aware that not everyone has all five senses.


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What To Buy?
Description: During this lesson students get to experience shopping through a slide show. They have to choose an item and then place the correct amount of money beside the item they wish to purchase. Students also practice counting money via the Internet.


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Subject: Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Safe or Not Safe
Description: During this lesson, kindergarten students learn many safety rules by navigating different Internet sites. Students also view a presentation to help them learn safety rules around school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Label It!
Description: During this lesson, students will work to create word cards or "labels" to identify parts of the computer. Students will use basic letter sounds to help spell the correct words. Students will demonstrate their new knowledge by labeling parts of a computer.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mixing Colors to Make Orange and Green
Description: This is a hands-on lesson using paints to mix colors. This lesson could be used when teaching a unit on color recognition and would follow lessons where the three primary colors had already been introduced. It utilizes an interactive website about colors.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Favorite Time of Day
Description: This is a hands-on mathematics lesson for telling time to the hour. Students will use individual clocks with partners for guided practice. The assessment will be a writing/drawing activity incorporating the use of a computer for word processing purposes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Solar System
Description: This is an introductory lesson for a unit on the solar system. Students will identify the order and characteristics of the nine planets. Cooperative learning groups, consisting of two students, will research information on a given planet via the Internet, encyclopedias, books, etc. Students will use the knowledge gained to write a descriptive paragraph about a designated planet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Little House
Description: During this lesson, students will actively listen to the story, The Little House, and determine the sequence of events. This lesson will be used to help students differentiate between natural changes and man-made changes in environments over time. The students will use word processing software to write about the little house's feelings. The students will also create their own little house.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Going Batty
Description: Students will participate in a research project about bats, which will culminate in a virtual field trip to discover more about bats. Students will collect information on the Internet using the Alabama Virtual Library and other bookmarked sites. This is a collaborative project involving the library media specialist and the classroom teacher.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonological Awareness/Beginning Sounds
Description: During this lesson students will develop phonological awareness through activities that focus on beginning sounds. Students will go on a scavenger hunt, make a picture book, and play games on the Internet in order to help them learn to identify beginning sounds.


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tell Time to the Hour and Minute
Description: This lesson will teach students how to tell time by allowing them to use manipulative clocks and navigating the Internet. The students will even create their own clock to take home and demonstrate what they learned to their parents.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Edible Edits
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story Max's Wacky Taxi Day by Max Grover and edit capitalization and punctuation taken from the story. The students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by working on the Internet.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Congruent Figures
Description: This lesson is an introduction to a unit about congruent shapes. Students will begin by listening to a book about shapes. They will then complete several hands-on activities, including sorting shapes, using their bodies to form congruent shapes, and using activities on the Internet to practice forming congruent shapes.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Lucky Charms Graphs
Description: This culminating lesson will use Lucky Charms cereal for review of sorting, counting, tally marks, and graphing. This is a fun and tasty way for students to learn about math.


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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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: I Am Poems
Description: Students will write and illustrate I Am poems. An I Am poem is an 18-line, three-stanza poem which students write about themselves, or a real or fictitious character. When all students have presented their poems to their classmates, the poems will be compiled in a booklet and shared with others.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Do Magnets Work?
Description: During this lesson students will examine magnets and determine that they have two poles (north and south). They will observe which poles attract and which poles repel.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: All About Clouds
Description: This lesson uses hands-on activities and trade books along with websites to explain the formation of clouds. This lesson may be used in conjunction with a weather unit.


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Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Book of Seasons
Description: During this technology based lesson, students produce a book of the four seasons that relates to their everyday life. They learn many facts about seasons by navigating the Internet.


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Subject: Arts Education (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We’re A Rainbow of Children
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify colors. The students will have the opporunity to explore colors by listening to a book, working on computers, singing songs and viewing colors on the Internet.


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Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Zoo Animals
Description: This theme unit on animals includes activities that can be used in centers or in a whole-group setting. A variety of subject areas are addressed with emphasisis on the use of technology.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Writing Poems that Rhyme
Description: This lesson uses technology in the presentation and publication of student poems. A slideshow examples of poems that rhyme and practice poems to finish with the students. It also outlines and models the steps of the writing process used to write a poem. The students may publish their poems by typing them on a slide and/or a newsletter template.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonics Lesson: The ir, er, and ur Girls
Description: This phonics lesson will introduce the ir, er, and ur girls, but will focus on the /er/ sound. Students will learn that when found together the letters e and r make the /er/ sound instead of two separate sounds. Students will have the opportunity to make words with "er" on a dry erase board (or AlphaSmart) and will reinforce the lesson on the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Get to Know Big Al
Description: During this lesson the students will read and discuss the story Big Al, by Andrew Clements. Students will identify the story elements of Big Al and complete a story element map. Students will also do a character analysis of Big Al.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mexico
Description: In this lesson, students explore Mexico by navigating the Internet and reading a variety of literature. Traditions, holidays, clothing, etc., of Mexico will be compared to American culture. A newsletter creates a way for students to share and educate family members about Mexico.


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Subject: Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Science Egg Experiment
Description: Students will participate in a hands-on activity that will determine which egg is easier to break, a hard boiled egg or a raw egg. Students will be introduced to the concept of hypothesizing and will be active participants in a simple science experiment. Using visual learning software, students will summarize the activities.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting Into "Shape"
Description: Through observation and hands on activity, students identify plane shapes that make up geometric solids (space shapes).


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We Are Super-Duper!
Description: This lesson will be conducted in a classroom guidance setting by a school counselor. It will help children to understand that each person is unique and special. This lesson is interactive and incorporates both art and music.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Move Over: A Sequencing Lesson
Description: During this lesson students will learn about the sequencing of stories. Students will have the opportunity to retell stories using sequencing words they learn. They will also navigate an Internet site to reinforce the skills they learn during the lesson.


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We All Scream For Ice Cream!
Description: Students will learn the value of coins and a one dollar bill and to count coin combinations. This activity will provide them with a real world experience in which to practice these skills.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Parts of a Computer: A Beginning Computer Lesson
Description: This lesson is designed to give hands-on experience to students during their first experience at the computer. Students will learn correct positioning at the computer desk, proper positioning of hands on the keyboard, and the basic parts of a computer.


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Subject: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Exploring Weather Disasters
Description: During this lesson, students will discover the differences in four types of weather disasters. They will collect information from selected Internet websites and create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Traditions At Home and Around the World
Description: Each student will research his/her own family traditions and report findings to the class using presentation software. In partner groups, students will select a country to research. Their research will focus on traditions of a chosen country and will be compiled in brochure format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fishing for Facts!
Description: This lesson will involve a visit to the Library Media Center to research different sea creatures. Using an encyclopedia, students will find two facts about their sea creature. Using the Internet, students will work in small groups to find a picture of their sea creature. All work will be combined into a sea creature booklet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Creepy Caterpillars to Beautiful Butterflies
Description: Students will explore the life cycle of a butterfly using a website and observations of caterpillar metamorphosis. This lesson will incorporate science, mathematics, language arts, and art.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Little Bear's Adventure
Description: During this lesson, students will read about Little Bear's adventure in the book Little Bear by Elsie Minarik. Students will learn about the elements of a story and then explore Little Bear through a WebQuest on the Internet. Students will also navigate a website to complete several tasks to learn more about Little Bear.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fishing for Computer Parts
Description: Young students will learn the basic parts of a computer and their care. They will then practice identifying the parts with a game of "Go Fish."


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Fabulous Four
Description: In this lesson, first grade students will learn about each of the four seasons. They will learn about different activities we engage in during each of the seasons. Students will also learn about the appropriate attire for each seasonal activity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Publishing a Book Report Using Word Processing
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps to using word processing. Students will use word processing software to publish a final copy of a book report. Students will review the main parts of a book report. This lesson will teach students technology skills they will use throughout their school career.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Toy Store Money
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to use real coins to purchase items in a class department store. Students will work to determine which coins they need to purchase an object. They will also practice counting skills on the Internet before the big shopping day.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Writing Process: Brainstorming
Description: This lesson will be used to introduce the writing process. Students will learn about the first step, brainstorming, through webbing activities. Students will also view other students' work on the Internet. Students will learn how to use Kidspiration software to begin the writing process.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Vibrations We Can See, Feel and Hear
Description: This four-part lesson allows students to explore the question of how sounds are made. Using wooden rulers, tongue depressors and tuning forks, students will explore and experience sound. Students will use what they have learned to create instruments. Throughout the unit students will use technology to record their thoughts and observations.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Talk!!
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based unit combines language and social studies skills in order to encourage communication between verbal and non-verbal students. Students in early elementary classes are paired with students who are non-verbal and multi- handicapped and challenged to explore ways to communicate with and learn things about each other.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Layers of Life...A Walk Through the Rainforest
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the animals and plant life that live in the various layers of the tropical rainforest. Students will view a slideshow with many different facts and pictures of the rainforest. They will also research animals and plants of the rainforest by searching Internet sites. Students will also share what they learn through an typed report.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Come with Me to the Islands
Description: Students will explore several islands by watching a multimedia presentation prepared by the teacher on islands and how they were formed. Students will then use globes and maps to find various islands using cardinal directions given by the teacher. Students will work to make models of islands and draw and write about islands using software.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Graphing M
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a graph using M&M's. Students will compare the different numbers of M&M's by creating different math problems. Students will practice working different math problems on the Internet. Experience from this activity will be used to participate in the voting process.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Eat Five A Day
Description: During this lesson designed for students with moderate disabilities, students will learn the importance of eating at least five fruits and vegetables a day. This lesson includes a field trip to the grocery store to purchase fruits and vegetables. Students will learn about the food guide pyramid during the lesson. Students will also navigate the Internet to learn more about fruits and vegetables.


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Subject: Science (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Seasons
Description: This early primary lesson teaches students how the earth's rotation around the sun results in the occurrence of four seasons. Through literature, art activities and technology students will explore the four seasons.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Now and Then and Back Again: A Study of Transportation
Description: By using a slideshow presentation and a Conestoga wagon project, students will experience different ways people have conquered the human and social need for transportation in America. Students will begin by studying ancient and Native American cultures and progress to the pioneer’s use of land vehicles for exportation of goods. They will create their own small wagon by using very simple materials, and have a contest to see whose cart can carry the most pennies. Upon conclusion of the study, students will compare and contrast our transportation today to that of the past by creating a multimedia presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Cooking Experience with Blueberries For Sal
Description: This lesson will enhance the study of the color blue by providing a story, cooking experience and writing activity.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Creating Holiday Cards
Description: This lesson for incorporates painting and word processing software to create a card. Students will create original art work, insert it into a document, and print it. This can be done in a classroom or a lab setting with any age from second to fifth grade.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Book About Animals
Description: This lesson will allow students an opportunity to create a book about the different characteristics of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects. This lesson can be used as a wrap-up project for a unit on animals. This is a fun way for students to share what they have learned throughout the unit.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Go To The Zoo
Description: Students will create their favorite zoo animals using play dough. Using a word processor, students will create a sentence or short story about their animals.


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Subject: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Seeds and Germination
Description: This lesson will be introduced to the students as a part of a unit of study about plants. The students will learn to accurately diagram the parts of a seed and will predict what conditions are needed for germination.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penguin Tale or Tail?
Description: This interdisciplinary approach to science, language arts and technology will guide students into a study of real information about penguins and their habitat. They will learn to identify homophones and share what they learn using appropriated communication and listening skills.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: On the Loose With Dr. Seuss
Description: Students will survey teachers in order to find out the titles of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. They will work in small groups and use digital cameras to take pictures of each teacher and his/her favorite book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Dig It!
Description: Children will enjoy learning about dinosaurs through the use of technology, research, hands-on activities, discussions, and written and oral presentations. This unit will help students to collaborate as a group and manage their own time.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Long and Short Vowel Sounds
Description: During this lesson, students will learn the different sounds vowels make. They will view a slideshow presentation that teaches them the different sounds. Once they have learned the sounds, students will create a document of pictures representing the different vowel sounds. Students will also navigate the Internet to practice identifying the different vowel sounds.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Children's Zoo of Mammals
Description: This lesson is a technology-based project. This lesson can be taught as a part of an unit on mammals. Students will research different mammals and identify characteristics of mammals. They will also contrast and compare humans to other types of mammals. They will create a group multimedia presentation identifying mammals, characteristics of mammals, and a picture of the assigned mammal. Students will then use Publisher to design a newsletter to inform family members of our studies on mammals. A web site can be developed to enhance the students’ study of mammal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Life Cycles
Description: This unit introduces students to a study of life cycles by having them examine the life cycle of a butterfly. The students will observe, record and describe the changes in caterpillars as they become butterflies. The teacher will conclude the unit by having each student prepare a slide about a butterfly he/she has researched for a class slideshow presentation about butterflies.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Recognizing Letters of the Alphabet
Description: This lesson reviews the alphabet with very young learners and introduces the concept of shelving in the library. The lesson incorporates software, reading, and games to address individual learning modes of the students.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bats, Bats, Bats!
Description: This lesson allows students to utilize the Internet to learn characteristics and behaviors of bats. It also introduces echolation. Students will use websites to view types of bats and their habitats.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Email Pals
Description: The students will participate in an Internet pen pals exchange. They will exchange email with students in other parts of the United States or in other countries. They will learn about the culture and climate in other states and countries through participating in this activity.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Kids, Keys and Care
Description: This lesson will present a visual demonstration of the care of a computer keyboard and mouse. Students will be able to demonstrate with hands-on involvement the general care rules of the keyboard and mouse.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Food Guide Pyramid
Description: This lesson will teach students how to use the Food Guide Pyramid to eat healthy meals. Students will learn about the six different food groups and how to plan a meal incorporating all six.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Do We Have It and Where Can I Find It?
Description: Students will use the electronic card catalog to locate books in the Media Center. Students will determine if the Media Center has a particular item, if it is currently available, and where the item is located in the Media Center.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting to Know the Computer
Description: Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will view a teacher-made multimedia presentation introducing the basic parts of a computer. The kindergarten and first grade students will then identify the parts verbally. The second grade students will identify the parts by clicking on the correct answer provided in the presentation.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Study of Plants
Description: In this lesson, students will incorporate reading and writing concepts to learn the parts of a plant. Several different technology resources will be incorporated to aid in the learning process.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spine Labels - What are they and why are they there?
Description: This is a first or second grade library skills unit, conducted by the librarian with help from the art, computer, and homeroom teachers. Students will create: their own book cover and title page containing title, author & slideshow template; and one part of a class web page. It is possible to use only certain parts of this unit as a stand-alone lesson for use in the library, however, standards addressed assume completion of entire unit.


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Subject: Mathematics (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Double Your Flavor
Description: As students begin memorizing the multiplication math facts, they will need many ways to visualize and practice the multiplication concepts. In this lesson they will begin practice with arrays, skip counting, and moving manipulatives for the 0,1,2,3,and 4 times tables.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fifty States Project
Description: Students will follow simple research steps in the school media center and on the Internet to complete a poster on an assigned state by identifying the state's symbols and agricultural products.


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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.


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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Counting Zero to Five
Description: Students will be introduced in this lesson to the numerals zero through five. Students will associate the numeral with the correct number of objects. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the quantities zero through five showing "How many?" by counting their fingers or using a closed fist for zero.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animal Cracker Sorting
Description: In this lesson students will be given the opportunity to practice using mathematical vocabulary to describe a set of data. Following data collection students will also create a graph using the computer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Habitats
Description: What is a habitat? In this lesson, students will identify that a habitat has four elements, food, water, shelter, and space. Students will identify their own habitat and create a brochure describing the habitat in terms of food, water, shelter, and space. They will work in cooperative groups to create a multimedia presentation describing the food, water, shelter, and space needs of one animal.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Beginner's AVL (Alabama Virtual Library)
Description: Students will research the red fox using an online encyclopedia from the Alabama Virtual Library web site and answer questions provided by the teacher. This is a good lesson for students' first experience in using the AVL.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Sounds: What We Hear!
Description: Students will create a descriptive writing about the sounds they hear in a favorite place. This is a good follow-up to a science unit on sound.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Introduction to PowerPoint
Description: Second grade students will view a teacher-made digital slideshow. The teacher will then walk the students through the process of opening PowerPoint or other presentation software, picking a slide format and adding text.


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Subject: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fundamentally Fish
Description: The science portion of this lesson provides opportunities for students to recognize that structure and function are directly related to specific animals and to their survival. The body shape and the position and size of the mouth of a fish tell a great deal about where it lives and what it eats. A basic computer research component orients students to fundamental processes of online investigation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Looks Like Snow
Description: This lesson uses the book, The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirley Neitzel, to build writing skills as well as introduce students to the skills of alphabetizing, sequencing, and recognizing synonyms. This lesson could be used to integrate a winter weather unit into the Language Arts curriculum.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Weather Detectives
Description: This is an introductory lesson to a second grade weather unit. The students will be observing the weather each day for one week and recording their observations in a chart. The students will be integrating information from the Internet as well as what they learn in English by using adjectives in their descriptions. After the students have collected data for a week, in cooperative groups, they will predict the weather for the next week. The teacher will show the students guides or weather reports from past years for that particular week in order to guide them in the direction of an accurate prediction. The students will go to a technology lab to look up and record the weather from a teacher-selected web site.


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Monster Descriptions
Description: The class will participate in an Internet project called Monster Exchange. They will partner with another class to exchange directions on drawing a monster. They will then share the monsters drawn from the directions by posting them on the Monster Exchange website.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting to Know You
Description: The students will go on an in-school scavenger hunt to get to know the many kinds of people that make up an elementary school community. They will work in small groups and use digital cameras to take pictures of the workers they find. By completing the scavenger hunt, the students will gain a better understanding of how we are all dependent on one another in a small community.


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Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Three Awesome Bears
Description: The lesson will be implemented during a study of bears. Books, class discussions, and the Internet will be used to learn about bears and their characteristics. Black, brown, and polar bears will be categorized according to their food and their habitat. As a culminating activity the students will use "Kidspiration" software to match bears with their habitat and food.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nouns, Verbs, and Describing Words
Description: This language arts lesson uses technology to assess students' understanding of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Each student will use a digital camera to take a picture at school. He will then write a descriptive sentence about the picture using a word processor. Students will use a specified colored font to identify the nouns, verbs, and adjectives in the sentence.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Very Busy Spiders
Description: The students will work from a computer and a specified Webquest to complete a unit on spiders. The lessons will incorporate literature, writing, science, art, and graphing.


ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: A Walk in Their Shoes: Exploring the Underground Railroad
Digital Tool: The Underground Railroad: The Journey
Digital Tool Description: In this interactive tool, students are presented with real life situations that a slave might have faced when attempting to escape on the Underground Railroad. In these situations, students must decide if yes they would or no they wouldn't go forth with the options presented to them. Students are introduced to multiple people who were instrumental in the success of the Underground Railroad, such as Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, Frederick Douglas, and Susan B. Anthony. If followed all the way thorough, students will conclude their journey in Canada as free citizens. 


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Title: Word Chomp
Digital Tool: Screen Chomp (iPad app)
Digital Tool Description: Students will use the iPad app ScreenChomp to improve sight word recognition and fluency reading skills.


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Title: Interdependence: How are we connected?
Digital Tool: National Geographic Global Closet Calculator
Digital Tool Description: The Global Closet Calculator is an interactive tool that allows students to see how we are connected to other countries through the use of resources. The first part of the interactive shows students how their clothes connect them globally. In the second part, the students will have to make critical decisions as they follow the journey of making a pair of blue jeans or an MP3 player.


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Title: Journey to the Center of the Earth Meets the Internet
Digital Tool: Weebly
Digital Tool Description: Weebly is a great technological tool that allows the user to design their own website. This tool is great for students because it introduces them to the technological aspects of web design. It allows the user to design the website with various themes to choose from. The site also allows the user to add photos, videos, and other audio players to their website. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can also be linked to the website. Webpages for the site can also be created and managed to include blogs and comments about anything the user desires.


ALEX Podcasts


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"What Hath God Wrought": A Brief History of Recorded Sound
Overview:
This podcast can be used by either technology teachers or Civics teachers.  Technology teachers can use it to teach the use and possibilities of the new technologies.  The civics teacher can use it to open up discussion on laws and regulations involving those same technologies; as well as the history of recorded music up to today.  The podcast uses hip, cutting edge references to the internet and its associated uses, so kids will "get" it, but it also contains information that parents can use to help them understand their child's use of the internet.


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I've Recorded My Video Onto My Flip Or Digital Camcorder, Now What?
Overview:
This podcast walks you through uploading your video to iMovie from a flip video or digital camcorder.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Lesson: What do the parts do?
http://www.kidsandco...
This page can guide a lesson on the basic parts of the computer and teach the concepts of "input" and "output".

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Organizing A Computer Folder
http://www.sciencene...
Students will realize that computers can store and organize information and that this information can be easily retrieved whenever they want to access it.

Informational Materials


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Keyboard Shortcuts
http://www.kidsolr.c...
This site gives several keyboard shortcuts that teachers may want to share with their students. The site may be too overwhelming for younger children.

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Computer Dictionary
http://www.kids-onli...
As students click on a letter, this site takes them to a list of computer terms and a brief definition of each term.

Interactives/Games


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Learn the Keys Game
http://www.abcya.com...
Imagine that your keyboard fell apart and you had to put all the keys back in their correct places! Now is your chance to practice! Your job is to put a keyboard back together. You can click and drag letters to their correct places. Only the letters in the right spots will stay! Choose the keyboard design you like below and click on it to begin.

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ABCya!
http://www.abcya.com...
This interactive game allows students to click on common web buttons and learn about their functions.

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Typing with Katie
http://www.growing.c...
This site will help students learn the keys on the keyboard.

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Click-N-Learn
http://www.kids-onli...
This site provides a graphic image of the inside of a computer. By clicking on different parts, the user receives and explanation of their functions.

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Drawing Pad
http://www.collectib...
Use your mouse just like you do with an etch-a-sketch.

Learning Activities


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Under the Sea
http://www.growing.c...
In this activity, you will open and view a presentation. Then you will complete the last slide in the presentation and view the presentation as a slide show.

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Click-N-Learn
http://www.kids-onli...
This site provides a graphic image of the inside of a computer. By clicking on different parts, the user receives and explanation of their functions.

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