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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who's Talking?
Description: This lesson provides an opportunity for the students to write a biography and provide an excerpt of the bio using a Web 2.0 tool. This is a week long activity using the 5 stages of writing. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Make your Holidays Ornamentally Cellular
Description: During the holidays, the students will use clear ornaments and other craft materials to create plant and animal cells. They will be able to identify the parts of the cell and identify its functions.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama's Prehistoric Indians
Description: In this seven-day lesson, students will explore, in depth, the lives of prehistoric Indians who lived in Alabama. Then students, working in cooperative groups, will choose one tribe to focus on as they create a musical parody about the tribe they have chosen.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted: Angles of all Sizes! 
Description: In this lesson, students will explore straight, right, acute and obtuse angles. Students will go to the playground to search for angles. The students will use digital cameras to record their findings. They will use their findings to create a Power Point to present to the class.


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


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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Master of Disaster (Elementary Grades)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring the world with P.W. Cracker!
Description: This lesson can be completed in a whole group or small group setting. After reading the book “P.W. Cracker Sees the World,” the students will complete an inquiry project that connects social studies/geography to what they read in their story.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are We There Yet?
Description: In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to solve subtraction word problems.  Students will solve distance word problems to find the difference between any 3-digit number and 1,000. 


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fast Track to Multiplication Facts
Description: In this lesson, students will learn how to use tricks to master multiplication facts. Students will be introduced to the only 15 facts they must know to master multiplication facts through 9X11 with the prerequisite that they know the 0's,2's,5's,10's, and 11's. 


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sign Shapes
Description: Students will take a field trip (or use computer) to locate 9 different shapes in the form of store signs. They will use digital cameras to take pictures (or copy and paste pictures) of the shapes and then create a slide show using the pictures. On each page of the slide show, the student will name the shape, number of sides, angles and vertices and also draw lines of symmetry.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Angle Scavenger Hunt
Description: In this lesson, students will explore straight, right, acute, and obtuse angles.  Students will go on a scavenger hunt throughout the school to search for examples of these types of angles.  The students will use digital cameras to record and communicate their findings.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Nursery Rhyme Word Problems
Description: In this lesson students will create basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems using common nursery rhymes.  Students will distinguish the key elements of word problems and incorporate those elements into a nursery rhyme.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Little Red Riding Hood's Journey to Grandma's
Description: The students will listen to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and work subtraction word problems connected to the story. The problems are related to distance traveled. They will work cooperatively with partners and share subtraction strategies with their peers. At the end of the lesson they will work a subtraction story problem and show strategies for solving.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Cows on the Clock
Description: In this lesson students will calculate elapsed time using the storybook Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Students will identify the time pasted between two given times in a.m. and p.m.


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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: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My adventure with Lewis & Clark
Description: Over the course of five days, students will create a daily journal in the style of Lewis and Clark. At the end of the week, the students will create a video using their Flip cameras recreating their journals.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Down with Describing Nouns?
Description: This unit is a fun, exciting, and engaging unit that uses many 21st century tools to help students working in collaborative groups understand what an adjective is and how adjective use is vital to making writing interesting.  Furthermore, students will use technology to research and explore the use of adjectives in their daily writings, readings, and environment and determine how adjective use can influence consumers.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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: 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: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Should man explore space?
Description: This lesson will bring students through a series of activities so that they will be able to make an informed decision as to whether man should explore space.


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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: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Yo! The Slaves Have Gotta Go!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the events leading up to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Students will work collaboratively to research and report their findings.


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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), 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Arts Education (5), or English Language Arts (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: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Aunt Chip and the Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Pollaco
Description: In this lesson, students will read and summarize the book by pages. After publishing, students will use their slides as sequencing exercises. This lesson plan can be adapted for any grade level or book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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: English Language Arts (5 - 6), or English Language Arts (5 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Telling It the Digital Way: Stories of Sports Spectacular Stand-outs
Description: During this lesson students design, develop, produce, and present a five-minute biographical video highlighting the life of a famous sports spectacular stand-out such as baseball's great Babe Ruth.


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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: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: From Tyranny to Freedom
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research famous battles of the American Revolution and document these battles in a timeline, which they will construct. Students will also create a slideshow presentation about the American Revolution to be shared with classmates.


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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: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creating a Website on Explorers
Description: After researching famous European explorers and choosing the most important ones, students create a web page highlighting European explorers and the discoveries and impact these explorers had on the world. The web page will contain a survey which will allow visitors to select their "Explorer Idol" after reading about each explorer.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Parent Brochures for English Language Learners
Description: In this lesson English Language Learners will design and publish a brochure that introduces the school to their parents. The brochure includes English and native language translations, pictures, and explanations of school function. The lesson can be adjusted for any grade level.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or 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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Me in a Box
Description: During this lesson students develop a sense of self awareness and appreciation for their own individuality and uniqueness. Students use graphic organizers to identify personality traits and collect items and pictures that represent the traits. The class has fun trying to identify to whom each box belongs before they are presented.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or 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 English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What is It?
Description: Technology is incorporated into this "riddle" lesson as students select an image to capture using a digital camera. This is a fun lesson designed to introduce students to the use of digital cameras. After editing the picture, they practice their writing skills to construct a simple sentence to give a hint of what the image might be.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Mathematics (7), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Investigating the Weather
Description: During this lesson, students will study, record, and predict weather. Students will work in groups to create a weather word wall, research and make a barometer, and create a video about weather. Students will also use the Internet to learn more about weather.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Warm, Cool, Warm, Cool
Description: During this lesson, colors will become more meaningful to students. They will learn to recognize that certain colors make them have different feelings. They will begin to understand that colors can be use to create emotions. Students will have the opportunity to create a collage out of warm and cool colors. They will also be able to create a work of art on the Internet.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Ambiguous Pictures/Abstract Art
Description: In this lesson students learn how perspective can change the meaning of art. The students will use a digital camera to take extreme close-ups of objects, thus causing the pictures to become resemble abstract art. This project incorporates art, writing and technology.


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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: 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 (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: 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 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creating State Brochures
Description: Students will work in pairs to research online and/or in print a chosen state and create a travel brochure incorporating the information gathered.


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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: 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: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Looking at Conestoga Wagons
Description: This lesson combines information literacy and technology skills with subject area skills. It is designed to be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. The topic of conestoga wagons is reseached from the perspective of a scientist, mathematician, English teacher, artist, geographer, engineer, or historian.


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Subject: Arts Education (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Digital Camera Self-Portraits
Description: Third graders use digital cameras and draw/paint software to create original self-portraits.


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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: 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 Social Studies (4), 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 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 - 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: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Action Verbs
Description: Students will use handheld computers and the Sketchy program to illustrate action verbs.


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Subject: 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: 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.


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Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Forces That Change the Land
Description: Students will use websites and other resources to find information about the following landforms: mountains, canyons, and valleys.


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



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Subject: Educational Technology,Social Studies
Title: More Amazing Americans: A WebQuest     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students use the Meet Amazing Americans Web site created by the Library of Congress to explore the lives of some celebrated Americans. Working in small groups, they complete a WebQuest, identifying facts and locating different types of information in order to determine the criteria used for selecting these Amazing Americans. In addition, they nominate their own candidates for the title of Amazing American, using additional Web sites to create a profile of their nominee.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Simile and Metaphor Cube
Digital Tool: Read Write Think-Cube Creator
Digital Tool Description: Cube Creator is a digital resource where students can demonstrate their learning and understanding of similes and metaphors. This tool allows students to insert examples of similes and metaphors they have created into an interactive and printable cube.


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Title: Educreating a Disaster Plan
Digital Tool: Educreations
Digital Tool Description: Educreations allows you to create and record lessons for students to view independently.  In addition, it give students a creative media they can use to prepare presentations for their teachers and classmates.


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Title: Fraction's Narration
Digital Tool: EduCreations
Digital Tool Description: Educreations is a digital white board where students can draw, narrate, and view different lessons. Students can create their own lessons or view ones that other people have made.


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Title: Journey to the Center of the Earth Meets the Internet
Digital Tool: Weebly
Digital Tool Description: Weebly is a great technological tool that allows the user to design their own website. This tool is great for students because it introduces them to the technological aspects of web design. It allows the user to design the website with various themes to choose from. The site also allows the user to add photos, videos, and other audio players to their website. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can also be linked to the website. Webpages for the site can also be created and managed to include blogs and comments about anything the user desires.


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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: Pollution Publicist!
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink-Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: The “Printing Press” is an interactive tool in which students are given the option to create a newspaper, flyer, booklet, or brochure. By using this tool, the students will be able to describe what they learned about how human populations cause pollution which in turn affects the organisms living in an ecosystem. This is a great way to assess what the students have learned and mastered in regards to the relationship between populations and ecosystems.


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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.


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Title: Comic Strip Solutions!
Digital Tool: Make Beliefs Comix
Digital Tool Description: This website is a tool for students to use to create their own comic strip story. This Make Beliefs Comix tool will be used in this activity as a closing project following a lesson on identifying the problem, action, and solution of a story.


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


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Title: I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr.
Digital Tool: Blabberize--Create a video of your own
Digital Tool Description: Blabberize will allow students to take their own voice and add it to a picture that talks. In this lesson, students will create their own "I Have a Dream" speeches and put them with a picture of how they may see themselves in the future (example: a picture of a pilot, nurse, teacher....) The picture will talk with the words of the student's own speech.  


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Title: Create Comic Relief about Revolutionary War Heroes
Digital Tool: ToonDoo
Digital Tool Description: ToonDoo is a digital comic creator that allows you to add backgrounds, characters, props and speech bubbles. You can tell a story through pictures.


ALEX Podcasts


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


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


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


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


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


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


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AVL-SIRS Discoverer
Overview:
In the third of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the search functions of the SIRS Discoverer database of the Alabama Virtual Library. Items discussed include an overview of the categories within the database, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom. An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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Medieval Times-Entertainment
Overview:
        During a study of the Middle Ages, the third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted and talented students at E. R. Dickson Elementary researched elements of Medieval life.  In this podcast, one student took the idea of Music and Entertainment and wrote and performed a song about the steps to becoming a knight.  The song highlights on the life of a Page, Squire, and Knight.    


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Medieval Times- Court Jesters
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During a study of the Middle Ages, the third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted and talented students at E. R. Dickson Elementary researched elements of Medieval life.  In this podcast, two students took the idea of Court Jesters and wrote and performed a comedy routine based on the elements of the time period.  The routine includes sketches on Medieval food, knights, castles, and even Black Death.  The students also wrote Medieval commercials and interjected those into the routine. 


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Introduction to Alabama 
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This podcast in an introduction to the state of Alabama. An influential person, landmark, or event in Alabama is represented by each letter of the alphabet. The podcast serves as an example for students before they create a podcast. After the students watch the podcast, the students will be assigned to a letter of the alphabet. The students will research an influential person, landmark, or event in Alabama to represent each letter of the alphabet. The podcasts will be combined to create a class podcast.  


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Using Wordle with AVL
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In the fourth of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the search functions of Kids InfoBits database of the Alabama Virtual Library. Items discussed include an overview of the categories within the database, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom. An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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W.C. Handy  Father of the Blues
Overview:
This is a podcast created by a student for her assignment on researching a Famous Black Alabamian during the month of February. She chose to research and report on W.C. Handy. She used her research findings and compiled the important information about Handy into a podcast. Her goal was to educate others about this famous Black Alabamian and his achievements.


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AVL--Literature Resources from Gale
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In the second of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the basic search function in the Literature Resources from Gale database of the Alabama Virtual Library. Items discussed include an overview of the basic search screen, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom. An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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Giggle Poetry aka Clerihew Poetry
Overview:
This podcast was created by using students' Clerihew poems they created. It reinforces what they learned about the guidelines of Clerihew poetry, gives examples and illustrations of their poems, then reviews the audience on what they have seen and learned from viewing this podcast. This podcast can be used as a way of teaching Clerihew poetry, as well as an example of what the teacher expects of the students at the end of the lesson plan on Clerihew Poetry.


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


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


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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

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New School Brochure PBL
http://wveis.k12.wv....
This is a project-based learning unit plan that requires students to create a brochure of their school after surveying the school layout, gathering data, and calculating time and distance required to travel across the campus.

Podcasts


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Digital Tools- Podcast- Vocaroo
http://www.vocaroo.c...
An easy way to create podcasts and record audio for reading and discussions.

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Digital Tools- Podcast- Podbean
http://podbean.com...
This site allows you to create and share teacher/student podcast.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Voicethread
http://voicethread.c...
A way to create, talk and share your images, documents and videos.

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Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com...
Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

Assessments


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Squigly's Pencil Puzzles
http://www.squiglysp...
Offers many different types of printable puzzles in several different topic areas.

Informational Materials


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

Interactives/Games


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CD/DVD Cover Creator
http://www.readwrite...
This student interactive, used in a number of ReadWriteThink lessons, allows students to write texts and create illustrations for the front cover, spine, and back cover of a CD or DVD case. Users can also create a booklet to go inside the case.

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Digital Tools/ Writing/ Kerpoof
http://www.kerpoof.c...
Create animated movies, cards, stories, pictures and drawings on the Internet.

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Digital Tools/Writing/ToonDoo
http://www.toondoo.c...
Create and publish your own comic strips.

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Squigly's Pencil Puzzles
http://www.squiglysp...
Offers many different types of printable puzzles in several different topic areas.

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

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Trading Card Creator
http://www.readwrite...
Trading Card Creator allows students to create "trading cards" about fictional or real people, places, events, physical objects, or abstract concepts. The template guides students through typing in information before printing out the card. They can also insert pictures and images.

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

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Tellagami
https://tellagami.co...
This is a free app that allows you to create a scene with characters to tell your own story.

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

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Creating Online 3D Pop-up Books
http://www.zooburst....
ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.

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Write a Word Cloud
http://www.abcya.com...
An interactive site for students to create word clouds. Recommended for grades 2 through 5.

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

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Emaze
http://www.emaze.com...
A free, online presentation tool, similar to Prezi. There is also an app.

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

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Create a Comic
http://www.readwrite...
ReadWriteThink activity for students to create a comic strip.

Learning Activities


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Rubric for Visual/Digital Literacy
http://www.readwrite...
Using this rubric from a ReadWriteThink lesson, teachers assess student-created fan magazines, or "zines", about their favorite popular culture icons. Teachers can evaluate how students use the computer, interactive publishing tools, images and more. Click "Display Full Record" and see the Relation field for a link to the lesson this assessment tool supports.

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Digital Tools- Podcast- Vocaroo
http://www.vocaroo.c...
An easy way to create podcasts and record audio for reading and discussions.

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Digital Tools- Podcast- Podbean
http://podbean.com...
This site allows you to create and share teacher/student podcast.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Voicethread
http://voicethread.c...
A way to create, talk and share your images, documents and videos.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Mixbook
http://www.mixbook.c...
Create and upload photo books online.

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Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com...
Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Slideshare
http://www.slideshar...
Upload powerpoint, documents, pictures to share on the Internet

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Digital Tools/Photo & Art Mashups/Be Funky
http://www.befunky.c...
Turn your photos into artwork with one click.

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Digital Tools/Photo and Art Mashups/Lunapic
http://www.lunapic.c...
Create and turn your photos into artwork to share on the Internet or print.

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Digital Tools/ Writing/ Kerpoof
http://www.kerpoof.c...
Create animated movies, cards, stories, pictures and drawings on the Internet.

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Digital Tools/Writing and Art Mashups/Glogster
http://www.glogster....
Create posters with images, video, audio and apply a wide ange of text effects. Link to your website to share with the world.

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Squigly's Pencil Puzzles
http://www.squiglysp...
Offers many different types of printable puzzles in several different topic areas.

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ALICE
http://www.alice.org...
ALICE is an animation program that can be used by teachers for students to create animated stories.

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

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

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Create a Comic
http://www.readwrite...
ReadWriteThink activity for students to create a comic strip.

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Publish Work Online
http://www.calameo.c...
Calameo is a web publishing tool that will allow teachers and students to upload any type of document (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and then see it as a page-turning webpage that they can share via Email, embedding on their school or student site, or even

Teacher Tools


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Digital Tools- Podcast- Vocaroo
http://www.vocaroo.c...
An easy way to create podcasts and record audio for reading and discussions.

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Digital Tools- Podcast- Podbean
http://podbean.com...
This site allows you to create and share teacher/student podcast.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Voicethread
http://voicethread.c...
A way to create, talk and share your images, documents and videos.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Mixbook
http://www.mixbook.c...
Create and upload photo books online.

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Digital Tools/Storytelling/Animoto
http://animoto.com...
Create and upload video and pictures to share on the Internet.

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Digital Tools/ Storytelling/ Slideshare
http://www.slideshar...
Upload powerpoint, documents, pictures to share on the Internet

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Digital Tools/Photo & Art Mashups/Be Funky
http://www.befunky.c...
Turn your photos into artwork with one click.

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Digital Tools/Photo and Art Mashups/Lunapic
http://www.lunapic.c...
Create and turn your photos into artwork to share on the Internet or print.

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Digital Tools/ Writing/ Kerpoof
http://www.kerpoof.c...
Create animated movies, cards, stories, pictures and drawings on the Internet.

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Digital Tools/Writing/ToonDoo
http://www.toondoo.c...
Create and publish your own comic strips.

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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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Squigly's Pencil Puzzles
http://www.squiglysp...
Offers many different types of printable puzzles in several different topic areas.

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Online Storybook Maker
http://storybird.com...
Storybird is an artful way to tell stories. Create, read, and share stories online via any device. Free teacher accounts for up to 75 students.

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Creating Online 3D Pop-up Books
http://www.zooburst....
ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.

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

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Emaze
http://www.emaze.com...
A free, online presentation tool, similar to Prezi. There is also an app.

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

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Create a Comic
http://www.readwrite...
ReadWriteThink activity for students to create a comic strip.

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Publish Work Online
http://www.calameo.c...
Calameo is a web publishing tool that will allow teachers and students to upload any type of document (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and then see it as a page-turning webpage that they can share via Email, embedding on their school or student site, or even

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Drive Through Time     
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras and create a photo album of their trip using period photographs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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