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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Assets (2)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Doppler is Warning You!
Description: This lesson plan is designed to involve students in research about the impact Doppler Radar has made in regards to weather. An original video podcast will be created by groups to teach others about Doppler Radar and the effects it has had on communities in Alabama specifically.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Prehistoric Connection
Description: This lesson plan is an adaptation of Activity 92 from Project Learning Tree. Students will research the four prehistoric time periods and compare and contrast them with their lives. By doing this, they will recognize the difference between simple subsistence living and modern technology-based living. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.  


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Growing Up During World War II
Description: This is a whole group inquiry lesson that is largely, but not entirely, technology-based. Through the use of a PhotoStory-created movie, students will learn about several basic concepts related to life in Alabama during World War II. More specifically, aspects of life that affected children growing up during this time will be discussed.


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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: 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 (3 - 5), 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: 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: Mathematics (3 - 6), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Can Plants Be Grown in Space?
Description: This lesson allows students to explore finding a solution to growing plants in space. Students will have the opportunity to conduct a scientific investigation to discover if plants can grow in space. Students will also take a virtual field trip and discuss their experiment results with experts from NASA.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Robots in Space
Description: During this lesson students learn the history of robotics in space exploration. They use their creativity to develop a robot. They learn about different career opportunities by communicating with robot specialists at the Johnson Space Center through a video conference.


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Subject: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Title: Glogster: The Creative Visual Learning Platform
Digital Tool: Glogster
Digital Tool Description: Glogster is a network that lets users make interactive posters, or Glogs. A "Glog", short for "graphics blog", is an interactive multimedia image. It looks like a poster, but readers can interact with the content. You can create Glog projects on various subjects. You can create a template Glog that students can use to start their work on a project. You can also monitor all student work during the project. Also, you can group students into classes to reflect class assignments. You can assign projects to separate classes and communicate separately to each class. The content made in one class is only available to other students in that class. Teachers can directly access student accounts and monitor all activities using your teacher dashboard.


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


ALEX Podcasts


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


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Doppler is Warning You!
Overview:
This podcast consists of four meteorologists describing Doppler radar.  The first is Ms. Jessica Talley and Ms. Kristina Sumrall from the National Weather Service in Calera, AL.  She describes how Doppler works.  The second is Ms. Stephanie Walker of Alabama's13 (NBC).  She is a broadcast meteorologists and tells how she uses Doppler to inform the public about upcoming weather.  Finally, James Spann from ABC3340 tells about tornadoes and how they look on Doppler radar.


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A Few of Our Favorite Things...
Overview:
Technology can launch new ideas and engage students in interactive learning environments. This podcast spends time exploring different types of technology that can be used in the classroom to excite students and take learning to a new level. By using 21st Century technology in the classroom, teachers are given the opportunity to create lessons that encourage students to work together and use more reasoning skills. Technology also saves prep time and allows more time for focusing on the students. We hope you enjoy taking a look and also listening to a few of our favorite things that we think enhance instruction and help prepare students for the 21st century.  


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What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
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The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture.

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Thomas Edison’s Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From “New” to You!
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The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with life and technology around 1900 in order to better understand how Edison influenced both. Through comparing and contrasting life and technology in the early part of the twentieth century with technology found in their own homes and experiences, students will gain a greater understanding of how far the fields of industry and entertainment have progressed since Edison's day and of how Edison's work was the foundation for technology they enjoy today.

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