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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives. 


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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Lucky Charms colors and shapes
Description: Students will complete a hands-on activity by sorting, estimating, counting, and graphing data. Students will sort the Lucky Charms by color and/shape. Students will interpret the data and create a graph.


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Subject: Science (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's the Matter?
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the different states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. The students will be able to have discourse about the states of matter. They will use ActiVote clickers to be interactive with a Flipchart identifying the different states of matter.


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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Adding with the Associative Property
Description: Students will learn ways to add using the associative property of addition. Students will view a PowerPoint presentation to introduce associative property of addition.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spotting Sounds All Around
Description: This is both a hands-on and technology based lesson where students can apply their knowledge of letter/sound relationships while incorporating the use of classroom technology. This Language Arts activity will allow for the students to work with a partner to find objects in the classroom that begin with the initial sounds of selected letters of the alphabet. The partners will use the classroom digital camera to photograph each of the items. The images will then be downloaded to the classroom computer to create a class Power Point presentation about letter/sound relationships.


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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Show Me The Money
Description: Just what is a penny worth? Students explore various websites or printed fact sheet investigating the history and changes in density of pre- and post- 1982 pennies. They will also research the current price of copper and zinc and compare the ratios or pre and post 1982 pennies. Students then complete a hands-on lab experiment to determine the mass, volume, and density of pre and post 1982 pennies. Students determine if the pennies are worth saving?


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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Growing in a Triangle
Description: Middle school students explore the Pythagorean Theorem by measuring and calculating diagonal lengths using the Pythagorean Theorem.  Students view an animated proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. They access an Internet site to view and discuss three examples of the Pythagorean Theorem.  Students apply knowledge of the Pythagorean Theorem to create a scale drawing of a plan to build a triangular raised bed garden for an outdoor classroom. Each group will present their plan to the class.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
Description: This is a project-based lesson that provides many hands-on opportunities for students to learn about shapes in their environment. Students are challenged to find shapes in our world using everyday technology. Students review the characteristics of basic shapes such as squares, triangles, circles, etc. They will then learn how to use digital cameras to capture shapes in the environment and will create a digital book of their photos.


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Subject: Social Studies (9), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Passport to the Great Wars
Description: In this unit plan students will be examining the causes, events, and consequences of the First World War. To launch this project students will be create passports that they will use throughout this unit and in the World War II unit. The content for this unit is taught via a layered curriculum document (attached). During the course of this project students may earn passport stamps by mastering content objectives (quizzes, tests, standards based assessments) and completing layered curriculum products (front page news articles, trench diagrams, personalities brainflips cards, quizlet vocabulary, etc.). After examining the causes and events of the war, students will  participate in a mock Treaty of Versailles (see ALEX Lesson Plan ID: 31048). Lastly, students will compose a five paragraph essay and answer the unit  Driving Question. 


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Days of Our Medieval Lives  
Description: This project is designed for a class on block scheduling with class times ranging from 60-96 minutes. Students will be assigned a character in feudal society. Through this character, students will immerse themselves in medieval culture and "live" through various scenarios and historical events.  Students will journal daily to chronicle these events and will compile these journal entries and artifacts into a scrapbook. Lastly, students will dress in character and display their scrapbooks and other items that relate to their character in a booth at the Medieval Fair. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Biography Project: Exploring the Past in 21st Century Ways
Description: Through this project-based lesson, students will do research on and create an oral presentation based on the life of an influential Famous American. Students will utilize various means to glean information, from online databases, various websites, and age-appropriate biographical literature to prepare for the final product: a "Living Wax Museum." Students will determine the most relevant information to write a script presented in the form of an oral presentation. The presentations will also be recorded and published as a podcast for sharing on the teacher's website.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Zagat's Guide to the Columbian Exchange
Description: This is a unit plan designed for a class that meets for approximately 60-96 minutes. It is also recommended that this project be used to conclude a unit that covers European exploration and the Columbian Exchange. Students will work collaboratively with a partner to create an "Old World" or "New World" restaurant menu. Old World restaurants must only serve foods that are made with ingredients that can only be found in "Old World" countries and vice versa. In this Students will be required to give the restaurant a historically referenced name and theme and use desktop publishing software to create their menu. Once menus have been produced, students will then orally present the menu to a panel of judges or their peers.  


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Constitution Lives
Description: As part of the study of the Constitution, students will do research on and create a Constitutional scrapbook and multimedia presentation on the Bill of Rights. Students will use various media print resources as well as the Internet to acquire news articles which demonstrate any aspect of the Constitution. Students will then summarize the articles making sure to include their opinion to demonstrate working knowledge of the Constitution and its protections.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Adjectives Around Us
Description: Students will make a photo story book using Flickr pictures.


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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: You Can Add!
Description: Students will learn ways to add using the associative property of addition.  Students will view a PowerPoint presentation to introduce associative property of addition.


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Subject: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Dinosaur Fossils
Description: Students will enhance their understanding of fossils. Students explore fossils by creating their own fossil imprints using Play-Doh and Plaster of Paris.


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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: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Surviving in the World!
Description: After learning about the survival traits of the chameleon, students will work in groups to research the survival traits of other animals on the Internet and will create a slide show using the collected information to share with the class.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: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Rockin' Investigation
Description: By using the resources on this web-based activity, students will gain an understanding of the rock cycle including how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks form.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: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Away We Go!
Description: Students will survey various classes about the type of transportation that delivers them to school. Students will then combine data and with the help of a teacher create a virtual graph. 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: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: May the Force Be With You!
Description: The goal of this lesson is to provide students with hands on experiences, while learning about magnets. This lesson engages students in experiments which explore magnet use. An emphasis is placed on open-ended questions which encourage students to ask questions to each other.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: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Promise of a Seed
Description: In this lesson, students will plant seeds, record the changes, and connect the relationship of seeds to plants. This lesson should be taught at the beginning of plant unit.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: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Continent Jump
Description: Students will learn about animals that live on all seven continents. Students and teachers will use websites to learn additional information about the animals from various continents.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: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fraction Fun
Description: The students will participate in a hands-on lesson about dividing a whole object into parts. They will also practice simple addition.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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Description: Students will have the opportunity to learn names of many parts of the human body and how they helps the body function healthy.  Students will put a skeleton together to create a full human body.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: Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: From Egg to Chick
Description: This lesson is intended to help students realize that they can learn much about eggs/chicks or any animal through careful observation. They will become familiar with the importance and proper care of eggs/chicks, whether on a farm or in a classroom hatching project.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: To Push or Pull, That Is The Question?
Description: In group students will learn to identify pushes and pulls. Students will learn how a push or pull will affect various items. 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: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Real-World Linear Programming
Description: The students will solve application linear programming problems and present them to the class. Students are encouraged to write their own linear programming problem for the class.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 (1), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: CELEBRATE!
Description: Students will be introduced to the different federal holidays celebrated throughout the year and will be asked to place pictorial representation of these holidays using a time line.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 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: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: This lesson will teach students about simple machines. Students will have an opportunity to explore and identify simple machines used in their everyday lives. Students will enjoy learning as they play a game on the Internet about simple machines. 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 (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: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Plants, Soil, and Nutrients
Description: In this hands-on activity, students will conduct an experiment that will help them understand the functions of plants. Furthermore, the students will use the scientific method to assist them in their explorations.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: Showing the Difference Between Erosion and Weathering
Description: In the lesson the students will be learning about weathering and erosion. They will see examples of weathering and erosion and the difference between the two. They will be performing experiments that show weathering and erosion. 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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bird Migration
Description: This lesson teaches bird migration by using the award winning Caldecott Medal honor book: Make Way for Ducklings. It accesses a website to give a history of the book and the plot. It promotes student interaction through discussion, internet information and activities to include computer games, videos, and color sheets.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 Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Reptile Adventure
Description: During this lesson, students work with small groups and partners on reptile research. They will have the opportunity to use books and the Internet for research. They will also go on a reptile adventure searching for new information about reptiles.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 12)
Title: Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 2
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will use the information, pictures, diagrams, and narratives created in Part 1 to develop a brochure. The brochure will consist of guidelines for handicap accessible ramps, sample calculations and contact information. It must be suitable for distribution at city hall.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fortune Cookie Verbs
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to create fortune cookies and identify the verbs in the fortunes.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Stop The Bullying
Description: During this lesson, students start to recognize the different types of bullying, causes, and ways of dealing with it. Through literature and the Internet, students learn how to handle bullying. Students will develop presentations to teach other how to handle bullying.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Role of the President
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore the role of the president by navigating the Internet and other resources. Students will learn about the president's family, advisors, and others who help him to accomplish his role as president.


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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: 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 (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 (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Have You Seen My Mother?
Description: This lesson will introduce the sense of smell. It will show how an animal, such as a bat, finds its baby by using the sense of smell. Students will have the opportunity to view information on the Internet to learn more about bats. They will also participate in a hands-on activity to experience how a mother bats locates her baby.


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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: What Is The Main Idea?
Description: During this lesson students begin to identify the main idea of a story they read or hear. Students use graphic organizers to discover the main idea of The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss, and Marsupial Sue, by John Lithgow.


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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: 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 (1), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Summer Vacation
Description: This lesson will be used after a study of Alabama. It will incorporate the theme of vacationing into information learned about state parks in Alabama. Students will make a book about favorite state parks in Alabama and favorite things to do in them.


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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: Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Matter
Description: During this lesson, students explore matter through a hands-on investigation. By participating in an experiment and navigating the Internet, students learn to identify the properties of matter.


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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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Helen Keller
Description: During this lesson students learn about the life of Helen Keller and how she communicated with others. Students have the opportunity to use sign language to communicate with others. Students gain an appreciation for their sight and hearing, as well as admiration for those who do not have these senses.


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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: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Will I Wear to School Today?
Description: Hot, cold, windy, or snowing, students need to know how to dress appropriately. In this lesson, students will learn how weather affects what they wear to school each day. Students will practice choosing the appropriate clothing by using computer software that allows students to dress different people.


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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: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: During this lesson students learn about the six types of simple machines. They define each type of machine, experiment with each type, utilize the Internet to explore each type of machine, and build their own simple machine. This lesson is designed for third grades students but can be adapted for second grade.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Star and a Wish
Description: In this lesson students will use the game "A Star and a Wish" to help develop better fluency in reading. After practicing the game as a whole group, students will be divided into pairs to continue playing the game and have the opportunity to remediate on "wish" items.


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Lashes
Description: This is a fun way to teach young students the concept of counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It is important to be able to count coins and bills and be able to make change. This lesson will sharpen money counting skills and introduce them to some new coins. Students also learn to trade coins for another coin of equal value until they reach a quarter.


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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 (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Far Out Food and Work In Space
Description: Blast off! Take students on a journey aboard the space shuttle to learn about living and working in space. Meet astronauts who think healthy living is a must. See if students have what it takes to be a space cadet.


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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 Hide and Seek
Description: This lesson will help students become aware of how animals use their colors to their advantage. After a discussion and activity about the importance of different animals' colors, students will participate in a virtual field trip with the Bronx Zoo.


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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: Arts Education (K - 1), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Is Your "Bat"itude?
Description: This lesson is for use at the beginning of a unit on bats to help determine students' previous knowledge about bats as well as their bat attitudes. Students will begin by drawing an illustration describing their feelings about bats. Students will then discuss what they know about bats. Finally, students will view factual information and interact with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo through a virtual field trip, "Boo! I'm a Bat".


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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 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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Is it a Moth or a Butterfly?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore the differences and similarities between a moth's life and a butterfly's life. Students will be given the opportunity to improve upon their note-taking skills during a virtual museum tour. Students will enhance their technology skills by designing slideshow presentations from information gathered on the Internet.


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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: 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: 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: 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: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonological Awareness/Rhyming
Description: During this lesson students will be introduced to rhyme in a variety of ways. Students will use picture cards, practice rhyming on the Internet, and listen to a book with rhyme. At the end of the lesson, student should be able to recognize rhyming words.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun-Loving Frogs
Description: During this lesson students will use their imaginations and writing skills to write a story from a wordless picture book, Tuesday, by David Wiesner. They will work in pairs and write text to go along with the pictures. They will also view a website to learn facts about frogs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Cookies and Rhyme
Description: This lesson will help students reinforce reading readiness skills (rhyming) with a chant and activities. After reading the story,Who Took The Cookies From The Cookie Jar, the students will recite the word that rhymes with a word from the line in the story. A puppet activity and Internet games will reinforce rhyming skills.


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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: Nifty Nouns
Description: This lesson will introduce students to nouns. Students will practice identifying nouns in a book and on the Internet. A noun quilt will be created at the end of the lesson to demonstrate students' understanding of nouns.


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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: Shapes in the Classroom
Description: This lesson will teach students to identify solid figures found in the classroom and in magazines. Students will also learn more about solid figures using 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: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Producers and Consumers
Description: This lesson will teach the difference between producers and consumers. It provides an interactive way for students to get involved and actually become producers and consumers.


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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.


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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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Description: This lesson plan is intended to be used during the month of March when the class is preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. After listening to and reading different stories by Dr. Seuss, the students have opportunities to compare and contrast story elements through critical thinking and Venn diagrams.


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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: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Exploring Plant Leaves
Description: During this lesson, first grade students become plant explorers. They explore the Internet and take a nature walk to learn the similarities and differences in plants and leaves.


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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 (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonemic Awareness with Technology
Description: This lesson allows students to use the Internet to manipulate words by changing initial sounds. Students will use computer skills while learning how to change words by changing the initial sound.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Hush Down Under
Description: During this lesson students will listen to a read-aloud of Possum Magic, by Mem Fox. Students will then help the teacher search the Internet for Australian connections (animals and habitats). The students will write in their journals about Australian animals, then the class will create a class book to remember the information they learn during the lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Meet Miss E
Description: Students will be introduced to the letter E. They will learn both the long and short vowel sound, as well as learn to recognize the capital and lowercase letter. They will also put Miss E in the middle of two consonants to sound out one syllable words. They will learn through different types of literature and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Very Quiet Cricket
Description: During this lesson, students will write a sequel to The Very Quiet Cricket. The students will discuss and demonstrate the use of personification in the story. The class will also complete a WebQuest about The Very Quiet Cricket.


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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: 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: 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 (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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #6: Skunks
Description: In this lesson students will learn interesting facts about skunks. They will also design a "nose guard" that people can wear to protect themselves against the smell of a skunk. Then students will have a chance to dramatize a commercial for their "nose guards."


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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: 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 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: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nocturnal Animals Lesson #4: Owls
Description: During this lesson, students will visit various Internet sites to learn facts about owls. They will use this information to draw a picture of the owl food chain, dissect owl pellets, and write a poem about owls.


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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: Primary Technology Maps
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based lesson combines maps skills which include identifying map elements, applying an understanding of cardinal directions, interpreting resource maps, and identifying a location. Students will have the opportunity to work with a group to research a specific continent and create a multimedia slide about the continent.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Celebrating The Chinese New Year
Description: During this lesson, students will learn about the Chinese New Year celebration, including customs, symbols and their meanings, and roles of adults and children. Following the lesson, students will compare the celebrations in United States and China. The students will also draw a picture and write a sentence about their favorite holiday celebration.


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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: 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: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Persuasive Writing with Second Graders
Description: During this lesson students will search a piece of persuasive writing to find details supporting their position. They will participate in a group activity involving brainstorming and writing a persuasive letter, and will then complete their own individual piece of persuasive writing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Ants on a Log--A Language Experience Story
Description: This lesson will allow students to create a snack using celery, peanut butter, and raisins (called "Ants on a Log"). Then the students will write about the experience using transitional words. The teacher can adapt the lesson to any mode of writing desired.


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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: Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Grouchy Ladybug Tells Time
Description: The students will use the book, The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle to tell time. They will also use manipulatives and will draw the clock hands to the appropriate times.


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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.


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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: Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phases of the Moon
Description: This lesson will familiarize students with the phases of the moon. It can be taught in a unit dealing with the solar system. It involves all learning types-kinesthetic, auditory, tactile, and visual.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Pretty Cool Penguins
Description: This lesson is part of an interdisciplinary primary life science unit addressing adaptation and habitats by focusing on penguins. This lesson is primarily technology based and should take place near the end of the unit, after students have had time to become thoroughly familiar with penguins and are ready to synthesize their learning.


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Red Plus Blue Makes Something New!
Description: Primary and secondary colors are important concepts for young children to master. This lesson explores this concept using a variety of technology.


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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 (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Grouchy Ladybug
Description: The students will thoughtfully listen to a story read aloud and comprehend the sequence of events. This lesson will culminate units completed in science and math and will incorporate literature, science, and math.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Hundred Blocks Board
Description: In this lesson students will practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying without regrouping using a hundred blocks board. Students will be given opportunities to identify and discuss different patterns that they discover and relate number patterns to visual patterns.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts!! (Writing)
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will describe the characteristics of a peanut and peanut butter (using their five senses) and record their observations/descriptions on a graphic organizer. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Batty" About Bats!! (Reading)
Description: As a part of a week-long unit about bats, the students will identify the characteristics of a bat and organize the facts using Think-sheets. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, poems, lectures, discussions, individual booklets, and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Batty" About Bats!! (Writing)
Description: As a part of a week-long unit about bats, the students will identify the characteristics of a bat and write an essay about bats. Student understanding will be enhanced through the use of books, poems, lectures, discussions, individual “flip books”, an art project, and the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a Five-Step Sequence Think-sheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Respect
Description: During this lesson students will learn about being respectful. Through different stories, graphic organizers, and acting, students will gain a true understanding of respect. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by creating flyers to display around the school. Students will also have an opportunity to help create a multimedia presentation to illustrate being respectful.


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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: 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: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Yummy Apples!
Description: Students will identify, explore and graph characteristics of several different types of apples.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Word a Day
Description: Word a Day allows students to develop a bank of sight words that are meaningful to them. Each student picks words to add to his/her individual word bank. The teacher can specify particular categories or let the student choose any word. The student then finds a picture or symbol to illustrate each word using a variety of resources.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Once Upon A Bear
Description: This lesson uses children's literature as a basis for a cross-curricular mini-unit on bears.


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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Sodbusters!     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a '' soddie'' to gain a firsthand perspective on the frontier period of American history. After completing the activities in this lesson, students will be able to identify where and when American settlers lived and describe how settlers used available materials to build sod houses. They will also be able to explain how sod houses helped settlers adapt to the environment of the plains and compare living in a sod house with life in a typical home today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies,Arts
Title: Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic in the One-Room Schoolhouse     
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students compare the experience of attending a one-room schoolhouse with going to school today. This unit focuses on the universal experience of going to school, using original photographs to give students a vivid impression of how American children received an education a hundred years ago. It encourages students to explore the similarities and differences of being a student in a one-room schoolhouse versus attending their own well-equipped, modern school.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories     
Description: Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Wizards: Students Making Words     
Description: The Word Wizard activities in this lesson transform phonics from drudgery into delight! Students manipulate letters to make different words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Phonics Through Literature: Learning About the Letter M      
Description: Students learn about phonics by focusing on the letter m and participating in an integrated array of activities, including reading, writing, mathematics, music, art, and technology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey     
Description: Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Let's Build a Snowman     
Description: In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Protecting Our Precious Planet: Sharing the Message of Earth Day     
Description: Students discover that they can make a world of difference when they participate in the online Earth Day bag program.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Living with Lions
Digital Tool: National Geographic Video
Digital Tool Description: This National Geographic video, titled "Lives of Lions," will be used to begin a lesson on identifying characteristics and survival traits of animals.


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Title: The Water Cycle Adventure
Digital Tool: Scholastic StudyJams Water Cycle Video
Digital Tool Description: The Scholastic StudyJams Water Cycle video can be used in the classroom to introduce students to the three steps that make up the water cycle. There is an included link to a quiz to assess the students learning. 


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Title: What's the Matter? Solid, liquid, or gas?
Digital Tool: Science kids
Digital Tool Description: This digital tool is an interactive way to experiment with solids, liquids, and gases. Students are challenged to find the correct category for other examples such as milk, sand, rain, helium, wood and air. Watch what happens when you heat liquids and cool gases. 


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Title: Aboard the Mayflower
Digital Tool: Scholastic
Digital Tool Description: This interactive website allows students to relive part of the journey to America on board of the Mayflower. The website provides pictures and details concerning hardships that were faced in and outside the vessel. Students can also tour the ship and locate up to 7 rooms the Mayflower offered.


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Title: President Voki
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Each student will select a previous President to research information about.  Then students will visit www.voki.com and create an avatar that represents the President they selected.  They will then talk through the microphone to tell the information they gathered on their selected President.


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Title: Finding the Elements of a Story
Digital Tool: Interactives: Elements of a Story
Digital Tool Description: Elements of a Story is an interactive Web site where students can learn about different literary "ingredients" that make up a story. After watching and listening to an interactive version of "Cinderella," students will learn about various elements that are common to all stories: setting, characters, plot, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution.


ALEX Podcasts


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 2
Overview:
This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication, and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 3
Overview:
This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 4
Overview:
This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom:  Episode 1
Overview:
This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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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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Changes in the Alabama Virtual Library
Overview:
Outlines recent changes to the layout and navigability of the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Effective Google Search
Overview:
This podcast will help media specialists or other professionals explain how to perform an effective google search. This video could be for professional development in a K-12 school setting or at the university level for pre-service teachers.  This podcast could also be used to teach middle school and high school information literacy skills.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 5: La Befana
Overview:
This podcast retells the legend of La Befana, a famous gift-giver from Italy. We "flew" to Italy via Google Earth and learned about the country of Italy as well.  After studying about La Befana, children illustrated pictures to retell her story. We also made mini English muffin pizzas to celebrate Italy and their gift giver, La Befana!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 8: Santons
Overview:
Most Christians in America have a Nativity Scene.  We always include the same characters including shepherds, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  In France, Santons or "little saints" are included.   Santons allow the everyday common working man to be part of this Holy Night.  Tune in to find out more about France's nativity or "creche" scenes.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 4: Christmas Cards
Overview:
In this podcast, students share what they discovered about Christmas cards. The first cards were actually sent by children just like us! This student also shares a class activity that we completed together to honor this classic Christmas tradition!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 9: Fabric Balls
Overview:
In this podcast, the children share a tradition from Russia.  We cover a styrofoam ball with fabric scraps as the peasant farmers did so many years ago.  Learn why peasants in Russia wanted to do this.  And you can see how we celebrated by making this traditional ornament for own own trees! 


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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.


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Christmas Around The World Podcast Series
Overview:
Each year in December, second graders study the origins of different holiday traditions.  We "travel" (via Google Earth) to different countries and cities to explore where common customs originated.  View this podcast to catch a glimpse of how this unit is organized and how each country is "remembered". There is always a craft or special snack to remember each country. I hope this podcast can be used for students to research and learn about holiday customs as well as for teachers to learn and implement this unit into their own curriculums. 


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 1: The Christmas Tree
Overview:
This podcast explains how the Christmas tree came to be an important part of many holiday traditions.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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The Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/f...
Library resources

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Ivy's Search Engine Resources
http://www.ivyjoy.co...
Here you will find search forms for the major Internet search engines for kids. Below these are Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids. At the bottom there are links to family friendly or general WWW filtered search engines and links to more pages like this.

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Kid's Search Tools
http://www.rcls.org/...
Search topics on some of the most commonly used search engines for kids and teachers.

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Boston Public Library-Internet Dictionary for Kids
http://www.bpl.org/k...
Age-appropriate definitions of computer terms

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Reference: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Thesauri
http://www.kidsolr.c...
Numerous links to references in specific content areas.

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KidSpace on the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/d...
KidSpace Features: Ask a Question Culture Quest Learning HTML Orca Search Poison Prevention POTUS Say Hello Science Fair Stately Knowledge Story Hour

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Energy Kid's Page
http://www.eia.doe.g...
Online energy education resources include energy activities for kids and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.

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Dropbox Tutorials
https://sites.google...
These tutorials are designed to demonstrate the ease and use of setting up Dropbox as well as how to: use the public folder, share and upload files with co-workers, family members and\or friends. With Dropbox, you can sync your files on all your computers including your ipad and iphone. To sign up for a free account, visit www.dropbox.com to set up for a free account.

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Squirrelnet: Safe Internet Search
http://www.squirreln...
Squirrelnet is a safe internet filter search engine using the SafeSearch filter from Google.

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KidRex Search Engine
http://www.kidrex.or...
KidRex is a safe search engine for younger students. It is easy for younger children to use.

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Sweet Search 2Day
http://2day.sweetsea...
Sweet Search 2day is an informational search engine for current events as well as events occurring in history.

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Alabama Virtual Library
http://www.avl.lib.a...
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources.

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Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/...
Superior reference center includes online newspapers, serials, texts, quotations, style and writing guides, trivia, biographies, state, regional and country information, and many others too numerous to list.

Interactives/Games


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Quintura Kids Internet Search
http://quinturakids....
Quintura Kids Search is a student friendly search engine.

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KidRex Search Engine
http://www.kidrex.or...
KidRex is a safe search engine for younger students. It is easy for younger children to use.

Learning Activities


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Internet 4 Classrooms
http://internet4clas...
Great resource for teachers from PreK-12th grade. This site is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials.

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AOL Kids
http://kids.aol.com/...
This is a kid-friendly search engine including online games and activities.

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AOL Kids Jr.
http://kids.aol.com/...
This search engine is great for younger children. It includes games, activities, and printables.

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Web Search for Kids by Librarians
http://www.kidsclick...
This site is a cataloged subject area search engine for kids.

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Yahoo Kids Study Zone
http://kids.yahoo.co...
This site has a directory section for students to search in different subject areas. Also, it has a great section called "Today on the Web" which lists topics students can click on to take them to a list of links related to that specific topic.

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KidSpace on the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/d...
KidSpace Features: Ask a Question Culture Quest Learning HTML Orca Search Poison Prevention POTUS Say Hello Science Fair Stately Knowledge Story Hour

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Math Projects
http://www.ct4me.net...
Project-based learning is a terrific way to link your curriculum with real world events and applications of concepts that your students are learning. These resources will inform you about project based learning, link you to projects on the Web, and help you and your students to design your own curriculum-based multimedia projects.

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Weather Resources for Students
http://www.wxdude.co...
Nick's favorite resource materials for students to learn more about weather and other sciences.

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Dropbox Tutorials
https://sites.google...
These tutorials are designed to demonstrate the ease and use of setting up Dropbox as well as how to: use the public folder, share and upload files with co-workers, family members and\or friends. With Dropbox, you can sync your files on all your computers including your ipad and iphone. To sign up for a free account, visit www.dropbox.com to set up for a free account.

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History Pin
http://www.historypi...
An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.

Teacher Tools


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Ivy's Search Engine Resources
http://www.ivyjoy.co...
Here you will find search forms for the major Internet search engines for kids. Below these are Internet search engine links, links to web guides for kids, some specialized search engine forms and specialized search engine links of interest to kids. At the bottom there are links to family friendly or general WWW filtered search engines and links to more pages like this.

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Internet 4 Classrooms
http://internet4clas...
Great resource for teachers from PreK-12th grade. This site is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials.

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Reference: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Thesauri
http://www.kidsolr.c...
Numerous links to references in specific content areas.

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KidSpace on the Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/d...
KidSpace Features: Ask a Question Culture Quest Learning HTML Orca Search Poison Prevention POTUS Say Hello Science Fair Stately Knowledge Story Hour

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TrackStar
http://trackstar.4te...
TrackStar is your starting point for online lessons and activities. Simply collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by other educators. Search the database by subject, grade, or theme and standard for a quick and easy activity. There is a fun Track already made for each day of the year, too!

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Math Projects
http://www.ct4me.net...
Project-based learning is a terrific way to link your curriculum with real world events and applications of concepts that your students are learning. These resources will inform you about project based learning, link you to projects on the Web, and help you and your students to design your own curriculum-based multimedia projects.

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TRIP for Teachers: WebQuests
http://trip.schoolin...
Provides links to WebQuests adapted for Alabama Course of Study content standards by Mobile County teachers.

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Science.gov Search
http://www.science.g...
Enables you to search 47 million pages in real time

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Weather Resources for Students
http://www.wxdude.co...
Nick's favorite resource materials for students to learn more about weather and other sciences.

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Energy Kid's Page
http://www.eia.doe.g...
Online energy education resources include energy activities for kids and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.

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QR Code Generator
http://www.onlineqrl...
Create your own QR code.

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Duck Duck Go
https://duckduckgo.c...
DuckDuckGo is a kid friendly search engine. Simple and easy to use for younger students. *Search anonymously (truly anonymous search) utilizing multiple search engines simultaneously (not just one) to see a more authentic representation of search results from across the internet.

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KidRex
http://www.kidrex.or...
Kid safe search engine for students.

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History Pin
http://www.historypi...
An online historical map with tours and collections of photographs. Students and teachers can collaborate and create an historical map.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.     
Description: Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.     
Description: After thinking about TV shows, books, and movies from their childhood, students write about what they remember and revisit how they feel about it at an older age.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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