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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: 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: English Language Arts (5), or 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: 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 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 (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Waste Not, Want Not
Description: The students will take a look at the different items that they come in contact with everyday.  The students plan ways that they can reduce items that need to be recycled.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 (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's Your Guess? (Probability)
Description: This lesson will allow the student to experience  a series of informal comparisons,  The student will explore the chances of various outcomes of an event. The student will use vocabulary associated with probability.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 (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Up or Down? (Rounding Numbers)
Description: This is a lesson in which students identify and demonstrate usage of the rules for rounding numbers to the nearest 100.  Once the rules are internalized the students can extend the process of rounding number  to 99,000,000.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 (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I'm Into Money!!!
Description: Many students come to third grade needing to review and/or be retaught counting money and making change.  This lesson will begin with a review of counting money.  It will then introduce making change.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 (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "What do we do? Natural Disasters in the United States"
Description: During the course of this lesson, the students will research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States and what someone should do in the event of that disaster. The teacher and library media specialist will collaborate during the planning, instruction, and research phases of this lesson. The students will take the information they collected and place it on a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. This information should include several pictures that will be located on the Internet. The Library Media Specialist will guide the students through the process of obtaining permission for the use of various images.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biographical Poetry
Description: Students will work with a partner to write an original poem using information learned about a person involved in the American Revolution. The students will then share the poems by creating a multimedia slide show.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Men and Women of Space Exploration
Description: As part of the study of Space, the students will choose an astronaut to do research on and write a report. A list of possible astronauts will be provided including many females who a have traveled to space and work on the International Space Station. The students will use a variety of resources including books, reference materials, and the Internet to find the required information. This will be done mostly outside of class; however one or two days will be set aside to take the students to the computer lab and to the library to get information.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I Will Survive
Description: As part of the study of animals and their adaptations, the students will explore different adaptations animals have and how they use them (either as prey or predator). The students will also identify camouflage (blending in with the surroundings), mimicry (looking like something else), and behaviors (hibernating). The students will use the internet to find animals that use the various types of adaptation. This will be done in cooperative groups, preferably in a computer lab.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 (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Edible Cell
Description: As part of the study on Life Processes, the students will watch a video clip at Cells Alive to see a model of the cell and its componenets. The students will use edible products to create an animal cell. Each product will represent a component of the cell. This will be done whole group.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 (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Inner and Outer Planets
Description: As part of the space unit, students will learn about the physical and chemical components of the planets. The students will compare the planets in list form. It will also incorporate math by using measurement and numerical order.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What Color are the Leaves?
Description: Where do the brilliant colors of fall come from? Most leaves appear green. In the fall, leaves turn orange, yellow, and red. Most leaves aren't changing colors. The pigments are always present in the leaves. The green pigment overpowers the other colors during spring and summer. Using chromatography, students will be able to see the colors always present in a leaf, even if the only color they can see is green. 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: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Declaration of Independence: Purpose, Explanation, and Grievances of King George III
Description: In this lesson, students will be able to state the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence, and explain their significance. The students will be able to know the purpose of and explain the Declaration of Independence, as well as the grievances toward King George III.


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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 (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: From Weeds to Worms
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to guide students in researching and discovering the importance of the interdependence of living and nonliving things in an ecosystem. Students utilize technology independently and cooperatively to establish requirements for conducting experiments.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Baseball Rocks!
Description: Through videoconferencing, two classes battle out their knowledge of rocks and minerals and the rock cycle by playing baseball. Each class completes a unit on rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle which includes gathering facts from print and non-print resources, classroom activities, and experiments. Each class then creates PowerPoint slides with questions (and answers) to pitch to the opposing team. The teams meet on the videoconference playing field to determine which class is the champion of rocks! The virtual baseball game serves as the culminating activity of a unit on rocks.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous Alabamians
Description: In this lesson, students will use print and non-print reference sources to examine the lives of famous Alabamians and their contributions to our society.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Studies
Description: This was a collaborative effort between Melanie George and Connie Roan. Students will work in collaborative groups and investigate animal characteristics, their habitats and basic needs using the Internet and library. They will then make a power point presentation of their animals to educate the rest of the class.


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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: English Language Arts (4), or 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: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Collaborative Project on the Civil War
Description: During this lesson two or more schools will work together using distance learning to investigate and share their community's involvement in the Civil War.


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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: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: State Jeopardy - How Much Do You Know About My State?
Description: This lesson is a distance learning collaborative project involving another school. Each school will do research on the other school's state and be able to answer questions about that state posed by the other school. Students learn not only about another state, but about their own in formulating questions to stump their opponents.


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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 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: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Orchestra Instruments and Their Families
Description: During this lesson students learn the orchestra instruments and to which family each instrument belongs. They visually identify instruments and navigate Internet sites to see and hear each instrument.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Prepared?
Description: Natural disasters come in many different forms. In order to be better prepared, students have to know the different types of disasters. In this lesson students will research natural disasters in order to create a brochure highlighting an event and featuring ways to protect themselves.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Literary Elements in Jan Brett's The Mitten
Description: Students will analyze such literary elements as plot, cause-effect relationships, sequence, and prediction in Jan Brett's The Mitten. Students will enjoy predicting upcoming story events and retelling the story from a dialogue that shows a text-to-self relationship.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco by Janice Repka
Description: This lesson will lead students in relating literature to their own lives. The book, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, will be read aloud to students. Afterward, students will create short stories about things which they'd like to change around their school.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Quadrilaterals
Description: During this lesson students explore the Internet to learn about quadrilaterals. Students create the different types of quadrilaterals and use technology to learn how to classify quadrilaterals.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War, Research, and Technology
Description: During this social studies lesson, students conduct research on specified topics related to the Revolutionary War. The lesson should be used at the culmination of a unit of study on the American Revolution. Students will use word processing software and the Internet to create summaries of what they have learned during the unit.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Geo Picture
Description: During this lesson students use their imagination to create a fascinating picture using only straight lines. Students have the opportunity to illustrate their designs on an interactive Internet site.


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Addition With Regrouping
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to add 3-digit numbers using regrouping. Students will use manipulatives to help them learn this new concept. Students will have the opportunity to reinforce what they learn by navigating different websites.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: El Dinero y La Bandera de España (o Mexico, Peru, etc.)
Description: This plan is a research activity in which foreign language students use technology to discover the currency of a country. This research will lead to an historical scavenger hunt and end with the country's current exchange rate to that of the United States. Also, students will discover and explain the country's flag and its historical significance. This plan is based on a Spanish class lesson, but could be applied to any foreign language.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Archeology: Can You Dig It?
Description: In this technology-based, interdisciplinary study, students will discover how archeology helps us learn about our past. They will navigate the Internet to discover different methods archeologists use and gain an appreciation of the relationship between the past and the present.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Energy
Description: During this lesson students will learn about energy. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the Internet to locate information about energy. They will also have the opportunity to create a slideshow to demonstrate their new knowledge about energy.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Defending Personal Freedoms
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the Civil Rights Movement in American history. The social and political impact of the current events and key people who played an integral role during this era provide a wealth of insight into the driving forces that inspired human rights for all citizens of the United States.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Kids Search In The Classroom
Description: This is a technology-based lesson that will focus on using the Kids Search database in the Alabama Virtual Library. Students will work in teams to access information about animals. This lesson will allow students to research a particular animal and write a report on the information they collected.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Pictographs
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a pictograph by collecting data and using pictures to represent the data. Students will have practice reading pictographs and will learn to create a pictograph using spreadsheet or software.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplication Facts, Facts, Facts and Some Reese's Pieces for Snack!!
Description: This lesson teaches the basic math multiplication facts in a fun way so that students will want to remember them. Knowledge of all multiplication facts will help with learning subsequent skills in longer multiplication, division, fractions, etc.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Happy Trails
Description: Math can be experienced everywhere and every day. During this lesson, students become active learners while discovering and sharing the mathematics existing in their everyday environment. Students explore the school and create mathematical problems using different concepts relating to what they find.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Proper Noun Race
Description: During this lesson, students will review nouns and identify common and proper nouns in context. A short story will be written using both types of nouns. An interactive Internet site will be used to reinforce the lesson.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplying With Nine As A Factor
Description: Students will participate in activities to help them learn to multiply with nine as a factor. Students will learn several strategies to memorize the multiples of nine through a multimedia presentation and practicing in groups. Finally, students will participate in activities on the computer and the Internet for practice as well as assessment.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous African-Americans
Description: During this unit students will study the lives of famous African-Americans who have had an impact upon history or present day society. This interdisciplinary hands-on unit will incorporate the subjects of social studies, reading, language arts, and technology. After studying African-Americans and viewing a presentation, students will select (or be assigned) a person to research, write a biographical sketch about, and then create a newsletter depicting facts from that person's life. The entire unit will cover a two- to three-week period.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I Know What I Am... but, What Are You? (Classifying Living Things)
Description: During this lesson students will develop an understanding of how to classify living things and what creates the distinction among them. They will learn to classify living things by effects, environment, and activity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Helen Who?
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the contributions of Helen Keller. The students will learn about Helen Keller through research on the Internet, a book, and a role-playing exercise.


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Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: This lesson will let students have a hands-on experience with the water cycle. They will learn the different parts of the water cycle through experiments and exploring the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 6), or English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Social Studies (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who Will Be President?
Description: This lesson will allow students to experience the election process of an American President through a mock election. Students will learn the steps that must be followed in order to have an election. This is a great way to get students motivated to be involved in the election process.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Historic Indian Tribes of Alabama
Description: This lesson will focus on researching, analyzing, and comparing the culture of four Indian tribes from Alabama's history. The rich culture of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indian tribes contributed to the rich history of Alabama. Collaborative research in small groups will culminate in presenting knowledge with a variety of visual and oral presentations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: USA--State Facts
Description: During this technology-based lesson, fifth grade students explore different states by locating information on the Internet. Students use the information they find and create a presentation to help their classmates learn about the states.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's The Weather Like?
Description: Students will use the Internet to compare the weather forecast for their city with other cities throughout the United States each week during this unit. Data will be charted for a five-day period then analyzed and discussed.


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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The American Spy in Me
Description: This is a fun and innovative lesson that will allow students to travel through history in a most unique fashion. Through Internet research and video conferencing students will get a real blast from the past. Students will hold on to their seats as they travel back in history in order to learn about colonial espionage and spy rings. Students will enjoy reenacting history with themselves as the main characters. This lesson will help foster a better understanding of the American Revolution and the sacrifices made by our great patriots.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Graph
Description: This lesson can be implemented during a study of different types of graphs that are used to display and organize data. Students collect and display data in a bar graph.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Never, Ever Give Up!
Description: This lesson plan introduces the importance of perseverance. Students will discover that success comes through perseverance. Students will also have the opportunity to research Abraham Lincoln on the Internet to document examples of perseverance.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Underground Railroad
Description: The Underground Railroad of the 1800's inspired talented writers of all ages. This lesson will integrate some of these famous writings to encourage students to develop their questioning techniques for analysis of literature while furthering their knowledge of this era in American history. As an extension of this study, students will create a class quilt to illustrate the depth of their research.


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Light, Dry and Nutritious - A Look at Dehydrated Food
Description: This is a hands-on, inquiry-based activity that involves study and exploration of dehydration and dehydrated foods. Students are actively involved in using math and science skills.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Description: This unit will allow students to explore the world of plants and bees. Students will have the opportunity to observe plant growth, preform a plant life cycle play, and work on a multimedia presentation during this unit. The students will utilize the Internet to collect information about plants and bees during this lesson. This unit is a fun and interactive way for students to gain knowledge about plants and bees.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Bullying
Description: Students sometimes find themselves in situations where they are uncomfortable and uncertain in relating to difficult peers. This lesson is designed to equip students with information they need not only to identify bullies, but to develop strategies to combat them.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Are Rainbows Created?
Description: Students will discover how the rays of the sun produce colors. In addition, students will learn how water causes the sun's rays to bend, producing rainbows. Students will also explore rainbows by navigating the Internet.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mysterious Matter
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to create a mysterious substance. They will use experiments to try to determine the state of matter of various substances. This lesson is a fun, hands-on way to get students excited about matter.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weather Word Search
Description: This lesson will give students the opportunity to search the Internet for weather-related words. The students will define weather words prior to creating their own weather word search.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Comparing Modes of Transportation
Description: In this lesson students will visit different websites in order to decide the best mode of transportation from their home town to New York City. Students will graph the results and write a persuasive paper.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Friendly Letters
Description: This lesson teaches students the five parts of a friendly letter. Students will be able to write friendly letters utilizing the writing process. Students will visit various websites to learn more about writing friendly letters. Students will also create a letter by navigating a website on the Internet. The students will use a word processing program to develop their finished products.


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Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Look To the Future
Description: This lesson is designed to encourage self-analysis of interests and skills as related to occupations, and to encourage future thought about a career identity or role. This lesson will allow students to organize career information to create a slideshow presentation that includes a scanned image of a drawing as they might see themselves in a future occupation. Students will also have the opportunity to create a newsletter help-wanted ads section using desktop publishing software to encourage exploration of various occupations.


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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: Arts Education (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Back in Time: Hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt
Description: There are over 500 ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Students will use the Internet to translate their names into hieroglyphs. They will use the translation to design a clay cartouche.


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Subject: Arts Education (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Art of Rene Magritte
Description: This unit is about the artist, Rene Magritte. Students engage in hands-on research in various areas of art utilizing images, software, and Internet resources. Students will then create their own image, and work in groups to create a slideshow presentation on Magritte.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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 (4 - 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 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: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Move the Cherokee People
Description: During this lesson, students will explore facts about the Cherokee people, their history, their culture, and their future. This lesson will help students begin to realize how the actions of our predecessors affected people in the past and today. The Internet will be used as a research tool to help students learn more about the Trail of Tears. Students will also have the opportunity to produce a slideshow presentation to share their new knowledge about the Trail of Tears.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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 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: English Language Arts (3), or 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 - 2), 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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), 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 (4), or 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), or 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 - 4), 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 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: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Communicating in a Technological World
Description: Through utilizing the Internet to discover technological advances in the 20th century and interviewing relatives and friends who experienced these changes in communication, students will discover firsthand how technology has changed communication.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), 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: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Spanish Travel Brochures
Description: Students will incorporate information from Internet research in creating original travel brochures for Spanish speaking countries using word processing or publishing software. Students could alternatively create wikis or podcasts.


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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 Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dream Vacation
Description: This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technology-based project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or 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: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: AUP! Is it for ME?
Description: A district/school Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will be the main instrument used in this lesson. Students will interpret and make inferences about their school/district AUP. AUP contracts encourage responsible behavior by students and staff and give administrators enforceable rules for acceptable use of school computers and network services.


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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 English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals as Pets: Everything You Need to Know
Description: Choosing pets and caring for them appropriately is important for children. Many times children choose a pet without knowing the responsibility that is involved in pet care. In this lesson the students will work in pairs to research and present detailed information about a selected animal, including specifics about the animal and how to care for it as a pet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Using Technology in Teaching Reading
Description: Elementary students, while working on their basal reader story for the week, will use various forms of technology to increase comprehension and other reading skills. (Other strategies may be substituted if some of the technology mentioned is not available.)


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: Stop Cyberbullying
Digital Tool: On-line Interactive Website
Digital Tool Description: Infinity Interactive Learning Lab provides a interactive training site for teaching them how to prevent cyber bullying to students. Students watch a video and apply the concepts they have learned.


ALEX Podcasts


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Are You Smarter Than a Cyberbully?
Overview:
Cyberbullying is becoming prevalent in our technological age.  This podcast follows a student named Vicky through several episodes of being cyberbullied.  See how Vicky solves her cyberbullying problem.


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FBI's Safe Online Surfing
Overview:
This is an overview of an online program called FBI-SOS. It helps students learn how to be safe online.


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Fisher Facts-Internet Safety
Overview:
This podcast gives helpful tips on how student can be safe on the Internet.


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Facebook for Parents
Overview:
The purpose of this podcast is to demonstrate the various security settings available in Facebook, provide suggestions for parents, and point out both potential dangers and possible benefits of using any social network.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Talking Safely Online (3-5)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions related to safe online behaviors. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast online-only friends and face-to-face pals, analyze why private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult, and debate how to respond if an online-only friend asks them personal questions.

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Internet Safety for Kids
http://www.gcflearnf...
Information on this site is created for kids. Lessons provide information about internet safety including online predators, scams, cyberbullying, and more.

Podcasts


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Sharing Information: A Day in Your Life
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, ways in which information is collected from consumers going about their daily lives.

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Keeping Kids Safe Online
http://www.commonsen...
This 3:21 long video provides rules for keeping safe online. A print-out of the rules would be a great take-home assignment to be signed by a parent.

Informational Materials


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Internet Safety/Think U Know?
http://www.thinkukno...
Information and resources on Internet safety to use in the classroom or at home.

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Social Safety
http://www.socialsaf...
Social Safety is an effort to educate US teens on the dangers of social networking.

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Stop Cyberbulling
http://www.stopcyber...
A website with a variety of resources on cyberbullying for teachers, students and parents.

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NetSmartz
http://www.netsmartz...
Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discusses various Internet safety topics.

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The Cyber bullying Detective
http://www.cyberbull...
This website provides resources, articles, and links to information about cyber bullying. Students click on different objects to work their way through the detective's office, gathering information along the way.

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

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Internet Safety for Kids
http://www.gcflearnf...
Information on this site is created for kids. Lessons provide information about internet safety including online predators, scams, cyberbullying, and more.

Interactives/Games


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The Cyber bullying Detective
http://www.cyberbull...
This website provides resources, articles, and links to information about cyber bullying. Students click on different objects to work their way through the detective's office, gathering information along the way.

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Digital Passport
https://www.digitalp...
Digital Gaming platform that teaches online safety and digital etiquette. Set up your classroom for free individual instruction. Grades 3-5 Common Sense Media "Web-based games and videos engage 3rd - 5th graders in independent learning"

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

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The Case of the Cyber Criminal
http://www.onguardon...
In this game from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, students work to prevent an online spy from getting their personal information.

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Be a Webonaut
http://pbskids.org/w...
An interactive game for young students to learn safe online skills.

Learning Activities


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Be a Webonaut
http://pbskids.org/w...
An interactive game for young students to learn safe online skills.

Teacher Tools


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Digital Passport
https://www.digitalp...
Digital Gaming platform that teaches online safety and digital etiquette. Set up your classroom for free individual instruction. Grades 3-5 Common Sense Media "Web-based games and videos engage 3rd - 5th graders in independent learning"

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