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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We Speak for Earth!
Description: After completing a four-day unit on environmental awareness as it relates to the events that occur in Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, students will create a short Public Service Announcement about deforestation, air pollution, and water pollution. The PSA will provide facts about these three concepts, display images of each, and propose a solution of some sort. 


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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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Informational Text- The Water Cycle
Description: This is an ELA- 2nd Grade lesson on informational text which integrates science and technology. Students will discuss in whole group informational text and its importance. They will use the Close Reading strategy to read informational text on the water cycle. Students will complete a KWL chart throughout the unit. They will discuss their findings in partners and work together to complete a water cycle graphic organizer. They will use the iPad to create a blog post and create an animated movie discussing the water cycle. This is a week long unit. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Who's Side Are You On? 
Description: In this lesson students will compare and contrast two versions of The Three Little Pigs. Students will use the Story Kit app on iPads in groups to recreate the story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Students will write a brief explanation of which story they believe is true and why. Students will "judge" in "court" which version of the story is true based on evidence provided.   


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Subject: Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let Me Tell You A Story: Knowing the Difference Between Legends and Tall Tales.
Description: In this lesson, student's will compare and contrast legends and tale tales to understand what differentiates the two. Keeping your students engaged by leading discussions and using various media mediums is the key to a fun learning experience. (Requires access to YouTube.)


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Health (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Find the Fat
Description: Students will experiment with and evaluate healthy and unhealthy foods.  Students will take digital pictures and view during a class discussion about fat content in foods. Students will watch a video about healthy eating and exercise and respond to the experience through writing and drawing.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Counting at Christmas
Description: In this lesson students will count and represent the cardinality of a given number.  Students will actively be engaged with virtual and tangible manipulatives. Students will be creating and sharing their artworks to represent a given number 0-20.


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Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Health (5), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Bullying is Whack...Get on the Right Track!
Description: In this lesson, students will research several prevention and intervention techniques of bullying.  By using the information gained through an interactive game on ways to prevent bullying, an interactive bullying book app, and various websites, students will create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to share this information with others.


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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Shape Builders
Description: This is a lesson where students will be able to combine shapes to create new two-dimensional shapes.  Then students will be able to describe their new shape's attributes like whether or not it is curved, number of vertex, and sides. Students will need to have a strong understanding of their two-dimensional shapes and their attributes.


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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 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: 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 (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Read Well Letter Chant Podcast
Description: This lesson guides students through creating a Podcast that provides video and audio of the Read Well Letter Chant.   Students take pictures of the cards and record the chant to go along with the cards.


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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: 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: 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: 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: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Searching Solid Shapes
Description: Students will identify solid shapes and work in groups to search for solid shapes (sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone) that have been hidden on the playground. They will create a photostory about their shape to be displayed on the class's webpage.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: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Shape of Things!
Description: With this lesson, students will recognize and use the 4 basic shapes to create objects that they find in their enviornment.  The students will then use their "shape creation" and recreate it on the computer.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: Wheels All Around
Description: Students will use skip counting to see how many wheels visit the school during specified times in one day.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 (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Fast Can You Go?
Description: Students will experience force and speed by constructing model cars in cooperative groups.  The students will explore ways to move their cars at different speeds.  Each group will do a PhotoStory describing their cars.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 (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), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Calendar"
Description: Teachers will enjoy teaching this innovative calendar lesson which incorporates technology through the use of a PowerPoint presentation. Students will be actively engaged as well as entertained. 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: 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: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to explore different types of community helpers. Students begin to identify activities and tools associated with these community helpers. Students also begin to identify helping careers they might enjoy.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Subject: 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: Lucky Charms Graphs
Description: This culminating lesson will use Lucky Charms cereal for review of sorting, counting, tally marks, and graphing. This is a fun and tasty way for students to learn about math.


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Class Portrait: An Anthology In Words and Pictures
Description: Students will use a digital camera and word processor to produce an illustrated anthology of original poetry.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Description: As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Subject: 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: Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Oh, Baby!
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify baby farm animals. The students will view different pictures of baby farm animals and learn many characteristics of baby farm animals.


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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: On the Loose With Dr. Seuss
Description: Students will survey teachers in order to find out the titles of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. They will work in small groups and use digital cameras to take pictures of each teacher and his/her favorite book.


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Subject: Science (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Farm Animals Thematic Unit
Description: Students will participate in a thematic study about the farm. They will work cooperatively to create a book about farm animals using technology resources. This project will take approximately 5 days and can be used in conjunction with or at the end of a farm unit.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Subject: 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 (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Action Verbs
Description: Students will use handheld computers and the Sketchy program to illustrate action verbs.


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


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


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Transformation Creations
Description: The students will use critical thinking skills and artistic abilities to "transform" an image into something completely different. The original images can be taken with a digital camera and printed out or cut from old magazines.


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


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


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Peeking At Pumpkins
Description: As part of a unit about pumpkins, students will learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Student understanding will be aided by the use of the flannel board, individual booklets, and Kid Pix software.


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


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Subject: 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: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Welcome to our Classroom
Description: Students will create a classroom resource book for substitutes to help them feel more comfortable and familiar with faces and procedures in our classroom and school.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together     
Description: Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. King's Dream     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's '' I Have a Dream'' speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Eye Spy Shapes
Digital Tool: Skitch
Digital Tool Description: This tool allows students to apply what they have learned about geometric shapes in a creative way.  Students will use the application Skitch to take photos of geometric shapes represented in real world items.  Then the students will use the drawing portion of the application to create new shapes inside of the real world items that they have found.  


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Title: Picasso Review Badge
Digital Tool: Picasso- Draw, Paint, Doodle!
Digital Tool Description: With Picasso: Draw, Paint, Doodle! , users can create their own masterpieces, upload and edit existing images, or doodle on pre-loaded images within the app. Students can work collaboratively to use the Picasso app to create a "learning badge" to remember the lesson. At the end of a lesson, the teacher can ask students to work in groups to create "badges" to help the class remember the lesson. Periodically the teacher can use the badge to review the lesson that it was created from.


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Title: Flip that Angle
Digital Tool: iFlashcards
Digital Tool Description: iFlipflashcards is a flashcard application developed as an Android application that is available in the Google Play store. This application allows users to create their own digital definitions, images, and graphs on flashcards that are accessible anywhere at the click of a button. iFlipflashcards also allows users to turn their digital flashcards into practice quizzes that the application keeps data on as the flashcards are used. This application is a good resource to use when teaching angles. It allows graphed angles (obtuse, acute, right) to be loaded onto a digital flashcard with the definition of the type of angle and why the displayed angle is considered the angle that it is labeled. This allows students to practice the terms that were learned during a lesson on angles at anytime.


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Title: Poppin' Procedural Text
Digital Tool: Prezi
Digital Tool Description: Prezi is an online program used to produce professional quality presentations. The students will use Prezi to create a presentation for an overview of their original procedural text. Using Prezi as a medium to display or present the procedural text helps to address technology standards as well as writing and language standards. 


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Title: Become a Poet with Technology
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Tool
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity challenges students to use a graphic organizer and write an acrostic poem.


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Title: My Number Thoughts
Digital Tool: ABCya WordCloud
Digital Tool Description: This word cloud generator will provide an engagement activity for ALEX Lesson # 32258 It's Number Time. This online word cloud generator is appropriate for second grade students.


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Title: Fun with Word Clouds
Digital Tool: Tagxedo
Digital Tool Description: Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.


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Title: Dear Junie B...Advice for First Grade
Digital Tool: Letter Generator
Digital Tool Description: The Letter Generator Tool guides students through the process of creating a friendly or business style letter that looks professional and is formatted correctly. 


ALEX Podcasts


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Salute to Veterans
Overview:
This podcast is in honor of veterans. Students and faculty pay tribute to veterans in their family and in and around our school community. Lastly, we will hear from three veterans who are directly related to our school, speak about their time in the military. This podcast can serve as an extension to a lesson on federal holidays. 


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Lego Health Habits Podcast
Overview:
This podcast uses Legos and stop motion technology to explain some activities to do to stay healthy. It shows an example of what some people look like who stay inside all day.


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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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Making the Most out of Learning with Web 2.0 Technologies - Part 1 (Prezi)
Overview:
Since technology is an excellent tool that can be used to enhance the learning process for all students, I have developed a series of podcasts that will introduce you to four Web 2.0 tools.  When these tools are integrated into the learning environment, the possibilities for collaboration and creativity are endless.  This first podcast will introduce you to Prezi, a new and innovating application editor that allows you to create presentations similar to PowerPoint.


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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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Stop, Look, and Find Shapes In Our Environment
Overview:
This podcast gives students a preview of shapes in their environment. Students explore their school to find shapes in their everyday environment while using digital cameras to take pictures of their findings.


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Vodcasting with Camtasia
Overview:
This podcast shows the viewer how to create a video podcast using screen capture software.


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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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Enhancing Your Classroom with 21st Century Tools
Overview:
Why should teachers integrate technology in the classroom and how can it be done? If these are questions that you have then this video is for you! This podcast was created to inspire educators to utilize 21st century education to create lifelong learners for the 21st century.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Creating Paper Slides
http://www.paperslid...
This blog explains about paper slide videos and how to make them. The blog has examples of paper slide videos.

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Word 2010 Tutorial
http://www.gcflearnf...
This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

Informational Materials


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Code Academy
http://www.codecadem...
Learn how to code interactively on this site to create games, Web sites, and apps.

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Word 2010 Tutorial
http://www.gcflearnf...
This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

Interactives/Games


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Make Your Own Puzzle
http://www.funbrain....
Students give FunBrain a list of words which it then hides in the puzzle. Select a level and and you can choose if you want to play against FunBrain or if you want the puzzle to be printed out on paper so you can play it away from the computer.

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

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Tagxedo
http://www.tagxedo.c...
Turn words into a visually stunning word cloud. Words are sized appropriately in relation to the frequency of the word in the text.

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Create Your Own Values Billboard
http://www.values.co...
Create your own billboard to display different values in character education.

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Brainy Box
http://www.classtool...
Brainy Box is a fun and different format for presentations. Students can create a 3-D animated cube to present content using text and/or multimedia. The ability to edit is password protected. Works on iPads and tablets.

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Code Academy
http://www.codecadem...
Learn how to code interactively on this site to create games, Web sites, and apps.

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Start a Story Writing Prompts
http://www.scholasti...
Students pick different story starters and write a story using the theme.

Learning Activities


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Paint with Katie
http://www.growing.c...
Students will create a pattern using paint tools.

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Awesome Clipart for Educators
http://www.awesomecl...
FREE educator clipart, coloring pages, banners, backgrounds, fonts, icons, lines, worksheets and wallpaper with aliens, animals, cats, creatures, dogs, education, holidays, robots, sports, toys, weather & more

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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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Start a Story Writing Prompts
http://www.scholasti...
Students pick different story starters and write a story using the theme.

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AutoRap
http://www.smule.com...
This app will turn any content you enter into a rap song. There are some free songs and beats. You can pay for additional songs.

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Word 2010 Tutorial
http://www.gcflearnf...
This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

Teacher Tools


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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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Code Academy
http://www.codecadem...
Learn how to code interactively on this site to create games, Web sites, and apps.

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AutoRap
http://www.smule.com...
This app will turn any content you enter into a rap song. There are some free songs and beats. You can pay for additional songs.

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