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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's Your Point?: Discussing the Different Perpectives Between the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs
Description: During this lesson, students will compare and contrast different point of views from the fairytale, “The Three Little Pigs” and the story, “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieskra. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their opinion on the two stories. Students will then work in groups to create their own podcasts where they are to imagine they are a reporter interviewing the wolf or the three pigs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's the Theme?
Description: This lesson is a beginning lesson to use to introduce the skill of theme. Students will read two picture books "Ranita, the Frog Princess" and "Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody!" determine the theme for each then compare them in a writing assignment.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Similes Made With a Smile
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the definition of a simile. They will watch the teacher model how to find a simile in a text, as well as determine its meaning. Students will also be required to create a simile of their own.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Connect with Coordinates
Description: Students will be involved in hands-on activities that will help them to learn to locate points on a grid. Students will also learn how to correctly read an ordered pair of numbers.  Technology will be implemented through the use of a document camera and a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiply What You Hear!
Description: Students will record the sound that ten different objects make when they are dropped. The students will then use those sounds to create multiplication problems for other students to answer.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Creating Games from ”SCRATCH”:  Computer Programming
Description: This lesson is a collaborative lesson between Margaret Rice and Kay Emfinger.  In this lesson, students will learn how to use Scratch, a computer programming language.  Students will then work collaboratively to create an educational game using Scratch.   This is a hands-on lesson.  Students will use conditionals and operators in their game design. Students will use 21st century skills that include Information & Communication Skills, Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills, and Interpersonal & Self-Directional Skills.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Inner and Outer Planets of the Solar System
Description: In this science lesson students will work collaboratively to learn and introduce the eight planets, sizes, characteristics, and their order.  They will use size comparisons, research a planet, design a poster and create a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Give That Character a Voice with Voki!
Description: This lesson fuses fictional literature with technology through a project-based experience.  Students will use the free online resource Voki to bring a fictional character to "life" and deepen their understanding notion of character, character traits, and the importance of character development within stories. They will create an avatar, compose and edit a script, and supplying the voice befitting the character.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newton's Three Laws
Description: This technology-based lesson will review Newton's three laws of motion. After reviewing the laws, the students will be divided into three groups. Each group will be assigned one of Newton's laws and asked to create a presentation demonstrating their assigned law. The students will present their law to the class and be scored using a rubric.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Evidence of Chemistry
Description: The students will learn to identify evidence that a chemical reaction has taken place.  They will use the Internet to research evidence and find examples.  They will look around their school and neighborhood for examples. They will perform experiments in the science lab. The students will make a podcast, slideshow presentation, or a digital story board to show the types of evidence they collected and examples of each.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: "My Three Words" vodcast compilation or series
Description: Students create vodcasts that use the format of the Good Morning America feature "My Three Words".  This works well as a culminating activity for a unit or a technology-based project.  In groups, students  select a three word phrase to communicate a specific topic/idea, then create a storyboard and choose appropriate multimedia elements to best express their chosen phrase.  They use a variety of software applications to find or create images and produce a video file.  


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Subject: Arts Education (3), or Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Topography of Fruit
Description: This is an attempt to help students understand contour lines in map-making through the vector of digital photography.  This hands-on activity will create an art piece out of fruit that will be analyzed to create topographic maps.


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Subject: Physical Education (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Race for Life: Plant Adaptations
Description: This is an outdoors, hands-on activity.  Create a short race course to engage students in physical activity while drawing comparisons to the plant kingdom. This activity serves as an introductory to the impact small changes can have on the ability of a plant to compete for sunlight, soil, and water. Each race serves as an analogy to a specific type of adaptation.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Everyone Needs to be Counted!
Description: Through a mixture of lecture and hands-on interaction, students will gain knowledge of the history of the Census Bureau, the Census in the United States and the significance of the Census in modern society. The students will view a sample of the Census questions on the interactive board and answer the questions using the Student Response Systems (student clicker). The students will then create their Census questions based on their understanding of the Census.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Machines all Around Us
Description: Student will examine different rooms in the school looking for simple machines. They will use digital cameras to take pictures of the simple machine they have found in the school and Microsoft PowerPoint to create a presentation of their findings. This lesson was created by Miller, Gladden, and Watson- Oscar Adams Elementary School Tech Team.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Properties of Multiplication
Description: This lesson will introduce students to three of the four properties of multiplication. It will provide practice for students to identify and distinguish between the properties, and solve multiplication problems using each property. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weight vs. Capacity
Description: This lesson will introduce students to measuring weight, mass, volume, and capacity using metric and cutomary units. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wired for Learning
Description: As part of a unit on electrical circuits, students will work in collaborative groups to create a video of how to construct parallel and series circuits. 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 (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Time To Travel!
Description: Students will research how transportation has changed throughout the years. Students will construct a timeline of transportation through the years.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Scaling Down the Solar System
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to gain a better understanding of the vastness of space by scaling down the solar system. 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 (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
Description: As a hands-on lesson, the students will recognize the correct usage of the order of operations. In groups, the students will work cooperatively to discover the importance of following step-by-step instructions and apply that knowledge in solving algebraic equations by correctly using the order of operations. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.    


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: $100 Picture
Description: This is a lesson where collaborative learning groups are used to explore  perimeter and area of an irregular figure using pattern blocks. This lesson should be used after students have already had some experience with finding the perimeter and area of a figure.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 (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Beyond the Earth Part II
Description: A continuation of Beyond the Earth Part I.  As part of a unit on the solar system, students will choose a component of the solar system to research.  Students may use a variety of resources such as the Internet, books, and reference materials. Once the research is complete, students will work in collaborative groups to design travel brochures using a desktop publishing program.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 (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: 3,2,1…Spinoff
Description: As part of the study of Space, the students will do research on and create a podcast/vodcast about spinoffs developed from space exploration.  In groups, students will use various websites to acquire information about technological advancements that have been made over time. Groups will then write scripts and compose a podcast/vodcast to be shared on the school’s website.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 (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Beyond The Earth Part I
Description: Students will access prior knowledge of the solar system by completing a graphic organizer.  After participating in a teacher lecture and whole group discussion, the students will work in collaborative groups to create a computer-generated drawing of the solar system.  Students must label each part and write a brief description of it.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 (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Full of Hot Air?
Description: This lesson will give students hands on experience collecting data, measuring circumference and recording data on a bar graph. Students will see how bar graphs can be applied to almost any activity where students are making a comparison. Students will recognize how easy it is to quickly analyze the comparison when data is placed on a bar graph.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 (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Tulip Graphing
Description: Students will create an on-going graph using units of measurement correctly. This graph will represent the growth of a tulip (or other type of flower).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 (5), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fun with Problem Solving
Description: The object of this lesson is to teach students that problem solving can be interesting and fun. It is important to pay attention to what is asked and information that is in the problem.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explorers Come to America (Activboard and related software suggested)
Description: This lesson gives a brief overview of the fact that America had to be discovered. It also provides an introduction to each of the explorers who are given credit for exploring the American continent between 1492 and 1542.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: KEEP IT MOVIN'!
Description: This experiment will provide students with an opportunity to see first-hand the effects of friction on moving objects. This hands-on/minds-on activity will engage all learning styles and provide the opportunity to relate to real-world situations.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Angles in the Mix
Description: In this lesson, students will observe art paintings for angles - straight, right, obtuse, and acute. Using digital cameras, students will find "art" in their environment, which displays those same types of angles. They will use their photos to create a Photo Story describing the angles in their environmental art and share it with the class. Lastly, students will choose one of their photos to paint and label the angles found in their 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.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Scrapping the Biomes
Description: This is a student led exploration of the biomes through art and self-expression, in which students create a scrapbook of assigned biomes. This activity utilizes technology, research, and cooperative learning groups for completion. The biomes included in this activity are the tropical rainforest, deciduous forest, grassland, taiga, desert, tundra, freshwater (including rivers and wetlands), and saltwater (including coral reefs and deep sea). 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 (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Those Cells Look Good Enough to Eat.
Description: This is a student led activity utilizing visualization and association to memorize the parts of animal and plant cells. Students will work cooperatively to develop drawings to connect the parts of cells to one of their favorite things…food. In addition, art, written expression, oral communication, and technology will be used for completion of this activity.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: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Los Paises Hispanos
Description: This lesson will introduce beginning Spanish students to basic reading skills needed to comprehend material in another language while also providing basic information on Spanish speaking countries.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who Am I? Learning With Biographies
Description: Students often have difficulty differentiating between genres of books in the library media center. During this lesson, students learn to identify a biography and understand the types of information included in this genre. Students will have the opportunity to complete and present a multimedia autobiography, then research a notable person and complete a project describing that person's achievements.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Colonial Network News: Ben Franklin Flies a Kite
Description: The students will create a news program about Benjamin Franklin and life in colonial times. The students will work in groups of complete research and prepare a video presentation. Students will utilize books and various web sites to complete their research.


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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 (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mystery Writing with Alfred Hitchcock
Description: During this lesson students will explore the life of Alfred Hitchcock by navigating the Internet. Students will learn about the mysteries involved in his films and become mystery writers themselves.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Whales, Whales, Whales!
Description: During this lesson, students work with other students from another school to collect information about different species of whales. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the differences via video conferences. Students work together to develop a plan to help conserve whales.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Technological Influences
Description: In this lesson students will utilize the Internet to find examples of how technology has impacted daily functioning at home and school, as well as in work settings. Students will determine how these aspects play important roles in our daily lives.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Life in Colonial America
Description: This lesson presents an explanation about who the early colonists were and why they came to America. Students will explore their lives and the economy by navigating the Internet. Students will conclude the lesson by completing a WebQuest about colonial life.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Isaac Newton
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore the life of Isaac Newton. Students use reference books and the Internet to investigate Newton's life. Following group discussion and individual research, students create a slide of an aspect of Isaac Newton's life. The class will create a slideshow presentation and students will deliver it to other classes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shoals Area Landmarks and Sites of Interest
Description: In this lesson students choose a local landmark or site located in the Shoals area and research that site's contribution to history. Students demonstrate their knowledge of a specific Shoals area landmark or site by creating various presentations showing why these landmarks and sites attract people from all over the world.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Quest for The Rajah's Rice
Description: After reading The Rajah's Rice, a mathematical folktale by Dave Barry, students will complete a WebQuest. The WebQuest includes a compare/contrast activity, a recipe activity, and opportunities for more extensions related to the story.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Strong Beat
Description: This lesson explores the use of the strong beat through songs, movement, and playing of instruments. Students will have the opportunity to practice using the strong beat. Students will visit websites to compare their findings on strong beat.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Savvy Story Structure
Description: During this lesson, students learn to actively engage in reading by becoming more familiar with the elements of a story. Students will be required to think at a higher level and will enhance their understanding of selected passages and stories. Students should also begin to relate stories to their own lives.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Where Am I?
Description: During this lesson students explore the 50 states through the Internet. Students discover important facts and information by navigating the World Wide Web.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror? Examining Character Motivation
Description: During this unit, students will ask “Why do we do what we do?” They will read different novels to analyze character motivation. Throughout the unit they will debate whether they think characters made smart choices and why. They will also become more familiar with story elements.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biomes: Where are the Wild Things?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore biomes, ecosystems, and habitats by navigating the Internet. They will research biomes, ecosystems, and habitats in order to create a newsletter. They will have the opportunity to distribute their newsletters and discuss their findings with students in their school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: You, Too, Can Be an Inventor!
Description: How have inventions changed the world? This unit focuses on the importance, the process and the creativity involved in inventing. Through the study of inventions and inventors, students learn how inventions are created and the characteristics that inventors share. They will create a slideshow presentation on an invention/inventor of their choice. Students will work through steps to come up with their own unique inventions. Finally, they will develop brochures to promote their inventions.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Author Study
Description: During this lesson, students will learn more about their favorite authors by researching them on the Internet and presenting to the class, school, and community. Students will see that authors are real people thereby developing an appreciation for reading and writing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Adjectives in a Bag!
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students learn to describe unknown objects by using adjectives. Students have the opportunity to practice using adjectives by exploring an Internet site.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Color of Words
Description: This lesson is a word processing basic skills lesson. It is designed to introduce students to formatting text. The formatting concepts include: changing text alignment, changing text color and changing font size.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Top Ten Books
Description: During this lesson students review their favorite books from the present school year. They navigate the Internet to locate information about the author of their favorite book and write a summary. Students compile their information in a slideshow presentation and show it to younger students to motivate them to read.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Capturing Polygons
Description: During this lesson students discover the different types of polygons. They use a variety of methods to learn to identify polygons. They realize that polygons are everywhere as they search for polygons around the school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dinosaurs: Prefixes and Suffixes
Description: Scientists use prefixes and suffixes to name dinosaurs. In this lesson, students will use a variety of prefixes and suffixes to create their own dinosaur names. They will draw a picture of the new dinosaur, and then type, edit, and print a story using a word processor.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fact Families: Addition and Subtraction Skills
Description: During this lesson students learn how numbers create fact families. Students identify missing numbers from a fact family by working on an Internet site. They also create their own slideshow presentation demonstrating fact families.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing with Presentation Software
Description: During this lesson students use their imaginations to create short stories. Then they create alternative endings to their classmates' stories. Students present their stories using presentation software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My Bad Day
Description: During this writing lesson students go step by step through the writing process to create a story about a bad day. Students use graphic organizers and Internet resources to help improve their writing skills.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Narrative Writing: "A Day in the Life of ..."
Description: In this lesson, students will use what they have learned about narrative writing in an authentic situation. This is part of a welcome packet for students who are new to the school. Students will work in groups to conduct research and compose narrative essays telling about a typical day in the life of a kindergartner, first grader, etc. The project will culminate in the creation of a brochure and slideshow presentation that can be used by teachers to introduce new students to their class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Expository Writing and The Civil War
Description: This lesson is designed to help students strengthen their research and writing skills, while learning more about the Civil War, as they produce an expository paragraph. Students will glean information from an article about the causes of the Civil War and then use the "Step Up To Writing" technique to write their paragraphs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Name Etymology
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to research the etymology and history of their names. Students will begin to understand ways to make history, linguistic history, and cultural history a lot of fun.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Powerful Book Reports
Description: This lesson allows students to identify the critical components of a story while developing expertise in creating and presenting multimedia presentations.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native American Acrostic Poems
Description: In this lesson, students will synthesize the knowledge they have acquired about early Native American tribes by creating and presenting an acrostic poem that incorporates pictures symbolizing important characteristics of the tribes. In creating the acrostic poems students will utilize a variety of technology including digital cameras, scanners, image editing software and word processing software. The lesson will culminate in an oral presentation of the poems.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing the Biographical Sketch
Description: Working in pairs, students interview each other in order to collect information about their partners. They will practice the writing process as they write biographical sketches which incorporate scanned pictures.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Decimals
Description: This lesson gets students involved through the use of the calculator and computers. Students will have the opportunity to use calculators and computers to demonstrate knowledge of decimal place value and how to write decimal numbers to the tenth and hundredths place.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Composers Then and Now
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research the following composers: Kenny G, W.C. Handy, Johannes Brahms, and Amadeus Mozart. Students will learn to navigate the Internet to locate important facts. They will also learn to use publishing software to create a brochure from the information they collect.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Classification
Description: This lesson will explain the reasons that society groups and classifies. The lesson has a hands-on component that helps students connect everyday grouping with the way that scientists group and classify all living organisms.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leaders of Our School
Description: During the first weeks of school, students will be introduced to the administration and faculty within the school. Students will conduct an interview to determine the role of each individual in creating and maintaining a thriving learning environment. Using a digital camera and presentation software, students will record each interview, along with a digital photograph, of the school leader. Students will present the slideshow presentation during Open House. From this lesson, students will better comprehend the importance of the leadership and teamwork within our school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Summarizing Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Description: This is a hands-on lesson to introduce students to Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall series. Students will discover urban life, how to make a timeline, and analyze literary elements while reading Sarah, Plain and Tall.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Trade
Description: Dr. Seuss has created many classics that students love. During this lesson, students will get the opportunity to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book and favorite character with their class by creating a trading card. Students will use their creativity to develop a trading card on the computer. At the end of the lesson, students will trade their cards with their friends.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Computer Hunt
Description: This lesson is a technology-based project designed to demonstrate students' knowledge in keyboarding and Internet skills. It can be used as an assessment after a lesson on keyboarding and basic computer skills has been introduced.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Edible Alabama and Her Agricultural Resources
Description: This is a great culminating activity after a unit study on the natural resources of the state of Alabama. Students will investigate some of Alabama's agricultural resources and create a multimedia presentation about one of them or recipe brochure featuring Alabama resources. Students will then decorate cookies that have been cut into the shape of Alabama, with various food items to represent the agricultural resources found in Alabama.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Critiquing Art
Description: Students will begin to understand that being an critiquing art is not about what one likes or dislikes, but rather if the art makes sense or makes a statement. Students will learn how to use the vocabulary of the Elements and Principles of Design when discussing art.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creek War Journals
Description: After a study of the Creek War, students will explore perspectives of families on both sides of the war. Students will compose journal entries from a selected social class of the era to develop and exhibit an understanding and appreciation for lives led by those who lived during the early 1800's.


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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 (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Lost in Space – A Solar System Study
Description: During this technology based lesson, students navigate the Internet to learn interesting information about the solar system. They use the information to complete a worksheet and to create a puzzle or challenge for their classmates.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Write A Cinquain
Description: During this lesson, third grade students will navigate the Internet to learn about cinquains. They will use their new knowledge to create their own cinquains while learning important word processing skills.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My Math Curse!
Description: Math is a part of our everyday life. Fifth grade students discover how math can help us at home, the store, etc. By exploring the Internet, students practice solving problems they may encounter in life. Their imagination is the limit when they create their own real life problems for their friends to solve.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Quotations and Commas
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to learn the proper way to use quotations and commas. They will view information on the Internet and participate in online activities to help them master this concept.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Go Spreadsheet Silly
Description: In this lesson students will become familiar with spreadsheets. They will learn how to collect and input data into a spreadsheet and how to create graphs from the spreadsheet data.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Using Vivid Adjectives
Description: This upper elementary lesson focuses on the use of vivid adjectives to enhance student writing. Students will explore vivid adjectives in a variety of activities including thesaurus use and story development software.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Keyboard Position & Techniques
Description: In this lesson students will learn the correct position and posture at a computer keyboard. They will see how to divide the keyboard into two parts for efficient use. Students will identify keys that are typed with the right hand and the left hand.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What was Right about the Wright Brothers?
Description: In this unit students will explore the lives of the Wright brothers. The end result will be a student-made documentary highlighting the factors that allowed the Wright brothers to succeed at manned flight when others before them had failed.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Jack's Beans
Description: During this lesson, the classic story of Jack and the Bean Stalk will spark an interest in plants with students. Students will explore the Internet, take a nature walk, and make observations to learn more about plants. A brochure will demonstrate their knowledge of plants.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Better Health in Computer Technology
Description: In this lesson students will learn the rationale for proper hand, eye, and body mechanics when using a computer. Students will discover how to properly use a computer by viewing a presentation, researching the Internet, and by creating their own slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Time Flies
Description: This lesson plan is one of the first in a unit on telling time which addresses the following content areas: language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Students will read several resource books to gather information. They will then sequence information in a timeline. The final project will be a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native Americans
Description: During this lesson, students will recognize that Native Americans were the first inhabitants of our country. They will locate on a map where different tribes lived and compare and contrast different tribes' basic needs and customs.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sugar Detectives
Description: During this lesson, students will learn to make wise decisions concerning the snacks they eat. Students will learn to read food labels and measure the sugar content in foods. Students will be able to determine if they are practicing healthy eating by creating a food guide pyramid of their eating habits. Students will also create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate what they learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Just Plain Living
Description: Students work through a teacher-prepared Webquest in order to learn about the art, food, shelter, clothing, etc. of the Plains Indians. Internet resources are used to collect information in order to make group presentations to the class. Students have the opportunity to decide among several projects to complete in order to demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Rainforest Music
Description: During this lesson, the world of the rainforest will come alive. Students will have the opportunity to explore the music of the rainforest and create a musical instrument of their own. The Internet will be used as a tool to gather additional information for students to use in a multimedia presentation.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What a Jiffy Lesson
Description: During this lesson on George Washington Carver, students will learn about some of his accomplishments and participate in a hands-on activity of making homemade peanut butter. Students will research information about Carver on the Internet and create a short slide show describing important facts about Carver's life.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Moments in Time" Lines
Description: This lesson will give students the opportunity to share important events in their lives while learning to make a timeline.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Use Simple Machines to Help Stuart Little
Description: Students will use their knowledge of simple machines to design a way to bring a birthday package into the Little's living room, using simple and complex machines to make this job easier to do.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Because of Winn-Dixie: A New Point of View
Description: This is a language arts lesson concentrating on point of view and narrative writing. Using the novel Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, students practice retelling part of a story from another point of view.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Learning about Cinquains
Description: After reading/hearing Junie B. First Grader Cheater Pants by Barbara Park and discussing the concept of cheating, following directions, and poetry, students write cinquains and publish a class booklet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Ready, Set,...Research!
Description: Students will have the opportunity to do research on a weather topic in which they are interested. This lesson will teach the students how to use dictionaries, encyclopedias, resource books and the Internet to find facts about the weather. The students will have a time limit in order to help them learn to use their time wisely.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Kids and Money
Description: This lesson is used to show students how a bank pays interest to people who deposit money into it and charges interest to people who borrow money from it.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Patriotic Symbols
Description: Alabama has many patriotic symbols that characterize the state. This lesson plan covers five state symbols associated with the State of Alabama. This lesson will help the students learn interesting facts about each of the symbols and explore more state symbols on the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multimedia Book Report
Description: This lesson gives students a clear understanding of how to create a slide show presentation using PowerPoint. The students will use this information to create a slide show book report.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Do Citizens Make Government Work?
Description: This five-session unit will provide hands-on opportunities for students to explore local, state and national governments. In the process, students will use technology and print media to learn about the leaders of each level of government and explore citizenship as a way to make a difference in their communities and nation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Classification
Description: In this lesson, students will discuss the classification of animals. They will work in groups to research and present classification information about a selected group of animals.


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Subject: Science (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Antarctic Adventures!
Description: This month-long ongoing lesson will give the students opportunities to learn more about Antarctica. They will investigate and research specific information and use it to create a notebook and an information table.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Producing Multimedia Products in Grades 3-5
Description: In this lesson, students, working individually or in groups, will combine two or more media elements to produce projects or presentations. Various elements the teacher and students will consider using are; text, digital cameras, scanners, sound, and video.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Powerful Presentations
Description: This lesson provides teachers with a step-by-step guide for teaching students how to produce a multimedia presentation. A detailed slideshow is included to give the teacher and students a visual guide to work with during the lesson. Students will develop many computer skills during this lesson. In addition, the ability to create multimedia presentations can be useful across the curriculum for a variety of projects.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Honey Bees
Description: The students will do research to learn the various functions of bees within the hive and understand the process of making honey. Students will use numerous resources to find their information including the Internet, library books, encyclopedias, and their science textbooks.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - Integrity
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to identify some of the skills and attitudes that are essential for solving problems effectively. This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. The meaning of integrity is investigated and discussed through the use of research skills, open-ended discussions, digital photography, and cooperative learning experiences.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - Respect for Self, Property, Others and The Environment
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on respect for self, property, others and the environment, an essential quality of good character. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, keyboarding skills, digital photography, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate and internalize the meaning of respect. This lesson will also aid students in understanding how respect is viewed in other cultures.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Eat: An Expository Slideshow Presentation
Description: Students will write a three-paragraph essay explaining the steps necessary to follow a recipe, and then present and serve the recipe to their classmates.


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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Introduction to the Universe
Description: Students use descriptive words to create imagery of the many varieties of objects found in our universe.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Regions of the United States
Description: This lesson provides a variety of activities for the student to become aware of the regions in our country. They will learn the geography and natural resources and how these influence the way of life of the people living in a region.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - "Respect"
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate the meaning of "respect." Practicing good manners means showing respect for yourself, for others, for property, and for the world at large. Many of these basic courtesies are automatically included when the “Golden Rule” (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is the rule of thumb. Giving respect to others and having respect for oneself is an integral part of developing good character.


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Subject: Arts Education (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's Your Style?
Description: Through collaboration with the art teacher and library media specialist, students will use various electronic information sources to research an artist and discover the style of the artist through examination of the artist's work. Students will create their own miniatures in the style of their artist. A poster will be used to present their research information and miniatures. The art teacher will provide instruction concerning the basic concepts of presentation using a poster.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Brochure
Description: In this lesson students will learn about the state in which they live by using child-friendly Web sites to collect facts and pictures about Alabama.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creature Comforts
Description: What do living things need to survive? In this unit, students explore different habitats and the adaptations made by living things to survive. Students will create a website matching an animal’s adaptations to its environment. Then, they will contribute a slide to a multimedia presentation of imaginary creatures and their adaptations to a habitat.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Native Americans and Their Environment
Description: The students will research Native American groups and relate how the environment affected their lifestyles and cultures. The students will create a slideshow presentation depicting this relationship. The students will compare Native American groups in order to observe the differences in their lifestyles and cultures.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explosive Fun with Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson the students will work in groups to make their own volcanoes and learn the different aspects of a volcano.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Dear Santa, It's Me!"
Description: In this lesson students will become familiar with a digital camera and will increase word processing and keyboarding skills by writing a friendly letter to Santa.


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Math in the Outdoors: A Geometric Scavenger Hunt
Description: Math activities taught outdoors enable students to learn important math skills as they explore their natural environment. This lesson will allow students to associate math experiences directly with life situations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama the Beautiful
Description: This hands–on unit combines social studies, map skills, writing, and technology. Researching famous Alabamians and exploring the state's landmarks help students develop an appreciation for their state.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Researching the Oceans of the Earth
Description: This unit is a result of collaboration between the librarian and the 5th grade Science teacher. The Ocean Unit developed by the librarian is hands-on research in various areas of the library utilizing print, software and Internet access. During research students will collect information to complete a folder, brochure, PowerPoint presentation and a webpage.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Clay Animation
Description: This is a hands-on, technology-based project to incorporate creative writing and technology in the classroom. Clay Animation is one way of presenting a story in a nonverbal way.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: It's Not Just a Job
Description: Students will use various electronic information sources to research and create a multimedia presentation on a career and a well-known person engaged in that career field. They will be expected to use CD-ROM and Internet sources and create a bibliography.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Technology and You
Description: In this lesson students will use the Internet to find examples of how technology has impacted human lives. They will then determine of what value these are to their own lives.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Taking Care of Classroom Computers
Description: This lesson will orient students as to the proper procedures for use of computers, equimment, and media. Students will be given a list of procedures to follow and the teacher will demonstrate the proper procedures.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Experiencing Newton's Laws of Motion
Description: This lesson will approach the study of Newton's 3 Laws of Motion using McGraw-Hill Science textbook Unit F. The students will be given an overview of the laws and vocabulary words to study. After introducing and explaining the concept of the laws, the students will be divided into three groups and provided a syllabus for producing a multimedia presentation of one of the laws. The lesson will culminate with the presentation by the students and an activity time in which the laws will be explored with games and activities.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Capturing A Moment In Time
Description: This lesson allows the students to explore imagery poetry through the use of a digital camera. The students visualize an imagery poem then look at a painting that pays tribute to the poem. Then the students think of a moment in time important to them, take a picture that represents it, and write a poem about it.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous Alabamians: Helping Me Learn How I, Too, Can Make a Difference!
Description: In this unit, students will work to create their choice of a presentation on an Alabama citizen who has made a difference in the state, as well as the nation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: That's The Story!
Description: This is a fun lesson where the students use thinksheets and digital cameras. The students take an "interesting" picture using the digital camera. After they have printed them they are given at random another student's picture. They write a story about the picture they are given.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Social Studies 3rd Grade Career Day
Description: The students will develop an understanding of specialized work and learn more about a career they choose to research. The students will use a digital camera and scanner to enhance their career notebook/portfolios. The students will use various sources to gather, interpret, and analyze information.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Picturing Parts of Speech
Description: For this lesson students use digital cameras to take pictures which illustrate various parts of speech, then insert the pictures into a digital slideshow presentation and write sentences about the pictures.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: First Day with the Computer - Beginning Computer Lesson for Grades 3-5
Description: This lesson is designed to give hands-on experience to students during their first week at the computer. Students will learn correct positioning at the computer desk. Students will also learn proper positioning of their hands on the keyboard. Discussion will include benefit for correct positioning with the computer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Do You Have a Babushka?
Description: This lesson will familiarize students with the author Patricia Polacco. Students will use appropriate resources to gather information about Polacco, categorize the information, and record it in a graphic organizer (concept map).


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing with Technology
Description: The students will use technology (portable keyboards) to write a narrative.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Story Add-Ons
Description: This is a technology-rich lesson plan which allows students to explore proper language conventions while utilizing portable keyboards for word processing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Thank-You Notes
Description: This lesson teaches students to write thank-you note using the writing process. Students will draft, revise, edit, and publish their thank-you notes. They will use a computer to view examples of thank-you notes and insert graphics into their own published thank-you notes.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Symbols of Freedom
Description: This lesson is a technology-based social studies inquiry into patriotic symbols. Students will apply their research skills in an independent investigation of United States patriotic symbols. The students will incorporate their newly acquired knowledge into a digital slideshow presentation to be shared with their peers.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Trip to Disneyland or Disney World, Part Two     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, student groups use data collected in the previous lesson to plan a trip to Disneyland or Disney World. Students determine not only elapsed time and distance, but extend their problem-solving to figuring meals, lodging, air travel, and incidentals. As they tackle this more complex task. Teachers have opportunity to observe students growing competence with methods and tools for computation, estimation, problem-posing and solving, interpretation of graphical representations, measuring with standard units, and responding to investigations that require the comparison of data sets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Recreate a Book Cover!
Digital Tool: Book Cover Creator
Digital Tool Description: This tool, located on readwritethink.org, can be a useful resource for students. Students can create their own book covers. Students can create a front book cover, a full  dust jacket, or a front and back cover. Students can “draw” their own pictures and can add text to the covers. This tool is relatively easy for students to use, and would be a good tool for any grade.


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Title: Extra Extra Read All About It!
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: ReadWriteThink Printing Press offers four different ways for students to publish their writing.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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

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Simple Machines
http://www.sciencene...
The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to use Internet resources to explore the parts of a system and develop students' understanding of the interactions between those parts, as well as engage in troubleshooting and design related to systems. In this investigation, students take a closer look at a variety of simple hardware devices. They observe the interactions between the elements of the devices, through both hands-on and Internet exploration.

Podcasts


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Computers Can Be a Real Pain
http://kidshealth.o...
This article discusses proper body posture while using a computer.

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Computer Basics
http://www.gcflearnf...
Are you new to using computers? Do you wonder what people mean when they say the Cloud, Windows, Blackberry, Lion, etc.? Perhaps you would just like to know more about how computers work? When it comes to learning today's technology, Computer Basics has all the basic concepts covered. This resource contains video lessons and interactives to teach the basics of computers.

Informational Materials


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Computers Can Be a Real Pain
http://kidshealth.o...
This article discusses proper body posture while using a computer.

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Learning Keyboard Keys
http://www.seoconsul...
This webpage takes the standard keyboard and breaks down the keys and explains the responsibility of each key.

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Computer Basics
http://www.gcflearnf...
Are you new to using computers? Do you wonder what people mean when they say the Cloud, Windows, Blackberry, Lion, etc.? Perhaps you would just like to know more about how computers work? When it comes to learning today's technology, Computer Basics has all the basic concepts covered. This resource contains video lessons and interactives to teach the basics of computers.

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Keyboarding Technique
http://www.education...
Information about when and why to teach keyboarding. It also gives tips on how to teach it.

Interactives/Games


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Dance Mat Typing
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
This is a great animated site which shows students how to place fingers on the appropriate keys on the keyboard and gives them practice typing with correct finger placement.

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

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Typing Club
http://typingclub.co...
A touch typing tutorial to help you learn to type between 40-90 words per minute.

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Learn Touch Typing
http://typingclub.co...
Sharpen your keyboarding skills by using this free website for accuracy and technique.

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Computer Basics
http://www.gcflearnf...
Are you new to using computers? Do you wonder what people mean when they say the Cloud, Windows, Blackberry, Lion, etc.? Perhaps you would just like to know more about how computers work? When it comes to learning today's technology, Computer Basics has all the basic concepts covered. This resource contains video lessons and interactives to teach the basics of computers.

Learning Activities


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Dance Mat Typing
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
This is a great animated site which shows students how to place fingers on the appropriate keys on the keyboard and gives them practice typing with correct finger placement.

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

Teacher Tools


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Educational Technology-MPS
http://www.mpsaz.org...
Provides many educational technology resources, including activities and links for teachers and students.

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