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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Elements of Poetry
Description: This lesson helps students explore elements of poetry and their effects on meaning, tone and style. Within the lesson, students analyze various forms of poetry both in pairs and independently. Students also create their own poems and present slide shows to analyze poetic elements within their writing.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pyramids on the Nile
Description: As part of a unit on ancient studies, students will create a pyramid explaining the ancient Egyptian civilization.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: African American Poet Research
Description: Students will research the life of an African American poet using print and online resources. Students will present their findings by writing a research paper and creating a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Need for Speed
Description: After viewing an introductory illustrated podcast on speed, distance, time, and velocity, students explore distance-time graphs using interactive websites. Working in cooperative learning groups, students will investigate the motion of toy pull-back racers and collect data to analyze the speed of the cars between various positions marked on the race track. Students will use the data to create graphs, analyze data and present findings to the class.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Circling Around
Description: Students will calculate the diameter, circumference, and ratio of a real world object. Students will create an electronic slideshow to illustrate the process of determining the diameter, circumference, and ratio of these objects.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Bloodstain Pattern Doesn't Lie......
Description: Students will formulate a hypothesis about the relationship (linear, direct, indirect, etc.) between the distance a drop of blood falls and the diameter of the splatter it makes. To test their hypothesis, the students will work collaboratively to make blood droplets, on paper, from different heights. After graphing droplet diameter and height using a spreadsheet program, individual students will evaluate their hypothesis. Students will use their graphed data to: 1) write an equation for the mathematical relationship of droplet diameter and height. 2) interpolate the height from which a blood droplet made by someone else was dropped. The students will compare data from different groups to determine possible sources for differences.


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Subject: Social Studies (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: European History Art Presentations
Description: The students are assigned an artist from the period of European history that the class is studying at the time of the assignment.  The students will research their artist and write a one page paper giving the general background information on the artist.  Additionally, the student will create a visual presentation of the artists' work and make a first person presentation to the class lasting not more than ten minutes.


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Satisfy Your Vacation Hunger!
Description: Students will prepare and present a group project detailing the menu for a 5 day vacation. Each group will select a vacation destination and describe activities involved in the vacation and the meals that will be served. Groups will be given a budget of $200 for the 5 days of meals for 4 people. Students will use various forms of technology to research needed information, prepare the budget, and to present the final product. Projects will be turned in as a binder with required information and as a multimedia presentation to be shared with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: So, You Want to be a Citizen?
Description: Students work in groups to create a slide presentation in presentation software aimed at informing immigrants of the qualifications and steps in naturalization as well as the rights, responsibilities, and duties of citizens. Lesson is an interdisciplinary unit teaching publishing software.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: So You Think You Are a Citizen?
Description: Students will learn about the status of citizenship in the United States.  Using a graphic organizer and interactive game, students will decide what it means to be a citizen and how can citizenship be obtained.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are A Walking Geography Billboard
Description: Students will investigate personal items to discover the item's origin.  These results will be displayed for the class to see via a digital poster/chart.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Interest.....ing Math Lesson
Description: Eventually everyone will need to borrow money for one reason or another. A good understanding of how interest works will go a long way when applying for a loan. In this lesson students will complete a KWL chart about the purchase of a new vehicle. Students will visit several Websites where they will be able to practice computing simple interest. Then students will have an opportunity to compute simple interest problems that are located in a interactive whiteboard presentation. Students will also answer several written questions about simple interest. They will also create a presentation that will contain information that they gathered during one of the activities that are included in this lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Giver - Authority
Description: A unit lesson using the book The Giver by Louis Lowry that will have students be researchers and recorders in the process of finding information on Utopian societies, cults and authority. Students will complete a Powerpoint, Glogster, essay or news broadcast by the conclusion of the essay.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Parts of Speech "Blabbers"
Description: Students will create animated images in Blabberize.com to define, explain, and give examples of usage for an assigned part of speech. Teacher will then compile saved video clips into a photostory presentation explaining all eight parts of speech and present final copy for class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Constructing Narratives: A Unit Plan for Taking Apart and Reconstructing Stories
Description: This lesson is designed as a project-based unit plan that will take students through the narrative process from deconstruction to construction.  After initial discussion, students will use the Interactive Story Map feature at Read Write Think to deconstruct a short story.  Students will use pictures to put together a PowerPoint-based storyboard that other students will use to construct a story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting
Description: This lesson is a persuasive strategy lesson plan for Tuck Everlasting. It allows the student to incorporate technology in the development of an original thirty second commercial.


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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: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Marshmallow and Pretzel Sensory Writing
Description: This language arts lesson applies hands-on materials to help students apply the sensory details need for writing. It also incorporates writing skills for comparing and contrasting. In addition, students will utilize Thinkfinity Interactive to write poetry using sensory words.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Movie Madness
Description: This language arts projects motivates students through being a movie-based project. This lesson will have a duration of five days. The students will view a movie of their choice and analyze the movie to complete a chart listing literary elements for them to identify. Then the students will create a PowerPoint presentation based on the chart and present the information to the class.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: My First Apartment
Description: This lesson plan is a 2-day, technology-based, real-world application that will help students understand the expenses of their living conditions when moving into a new apartment with a roommate. This lesson plan can be used in Pre-Algebra, Algebraic Connections, and Business courses. Students will create an expense portfolio with given occupation and expenses.  


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Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Moon Phase Craze
Description: This lesson is designed to use online technology resources to practice and reinforce knowledge learned in class on Moon Phases. Students will view online animations with student interaction, while keeping a log of their phase activities. They will also take an online assessment upon completion of the activity. Following this activity, students will use Oreo cookies to make the phases of the moon in order from new moon through one complete phase and identify each. They will also take pictures of each of their cookie phases and insert into a multimedia slideshow project. On the last page of the slideshow, they can insert a video made with video editing software such as "Movie Maker" and the pictures will loop together that show the moon's phases all in one motion.      


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Human Body Inc.: What's an Arm and a Leg Worth?
Description: In this technology-based project, students will take on the role of a legal defense team and prepare the court defense for a body organ that is currently an employee of Human Body Inc.. Due to recent cost increases, the Human Body has had to fire workers. Assuming the role as lawyer, students' responsibilities are to conduct research, collect and analyze material, and produce an informative and explanatory multimedia presentation (PowerPoint, PhotoStory, Keynote, etc.) defending their body organ's position in the company and what would happen if their client were fired. In addition, they are to create a brochure, highlighting the trendy spots, the exciting activities, etc., of the body system in which the organ works, convincing the corporation of the importance in keeping their client. The students will present their case at an administrative hearing to the Human Body Committee (whole class), the corporate group who will decide the ultimate fate of the body organ.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Make Something Simple...Hard
Description: Students will have completed a unit of forces and motion prior to the current unit of study on simple machines (lever, inclined plane, screw, wedge, pulley, wheel and axle). Students will review the functions and examples of simple machines and view example Rube Goldberg machines. Students will create a compound machine out of all six simple machines to complete a simple task of their choosing. The machine should meet the limitations given in the rubric and be able to be demonstrated at school. Students will complete a PowerPoint slide show about the history of Rube Goldberg machines and write an expository essay about their finished machine.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: University and College Tuition Webquest
Description: This is a technology-based and interdisciplinary project incorporating mathematics, language, and technology standards. Each student will research on the university's website: location, the mission statement, historical and interesting facts, and the tuition costs (for which they will have to compute the median, range, and mean). Each student will use other Internet sources to find the distance from home. An expository essay explaining the importance of researching about universities and a PowerPoint presentation will also be requirements of the project.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: How Are We Living?
Description: In this lesson, students collaborate to research economic systems of the United States and two other countries. Students will collect, evaluate, and synthesize information to create a multimedia presentation that compares economic systems of assigned countries, how these systems affect various factors that influence quality of life for its citizens.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Great Golly Graphs
Description: This activity allows students to create their own survey question and ask people around the school to see the results. Students will take the results and display it in several types of graphs. The class will also discuss biased graphs and survey questions. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Party Planner
Description: In this activity, students will work in groups to plan a party.  Students will work with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to pay for their party supplies.  Students will create a multimedia presentation to the class about the party supplies they decided to purchase.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Can you survive in the real world?
Description: Living in the real world is expensive and sometimes hard for a new college graduate to adjust to. This lesson will allow students to see the importance and need of budgeting money. Students will have to make choices and research different budget areas. Can they survive in the real world? This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Aquarium Project
Description: The class is given money to purchase fish for a class aquarium.  Students must use the size and lifestyle requirements for the fish to decide which type to buy.  Students must present their proposal to the principal in a letter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Average Middle "Schooler"
Description: In this lesson, students will work in groups to find the average middle school student.  They will measure members of the group, find the average, and convert to different units of measure.  Students will also conduct a survey and display the information in graphs.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 7), or Science (5), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Questioning NASA
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to explore the "Big Question" that led up to this lesson was "Why are there two solid rocket boosters used to launch the space shuttle instead of one with the same amount of fuel?" 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 (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Is the Cell Membrane Semi-Permeable?
Description: As part of the study of the cell, students will perform a three day hands-on inquiry to determine if the cell membrane of an egg is semi-permeable. Students will work individually or in groups as they explore the functions of the cell membrane. Students will create a lab report using the scientific method. The program Excel or any other comparable program will be used to assist students with developing graphs and charts in for the data section. The Internet will be used to assist student in exploring illnesses associated the malfunctioning of the cell membrane.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: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Digital Book Talking: Promoting a School-Wide Appreciation for Literature
Description: Students will work collaboratively to create and produce a digital book talk based on their personal thoughts of a novel. The digital book talk will be shown throughout the school to spark excitement in the book.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Find that Height!
Description: The students are to find the height of several objects around the school. They will set up proportions in order to find the height of tall objects not easily measured. Students will use a digital camera to record the objects they are measuring.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Description: Students will learn basic information on a specific element found on the Periodic Table. Students will produce a reference book appropriate for a third or fourth grade child on the topic of the element the student is assigned. The book will include all of the basic information about the element while making the elements appeal to a young audience.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Early Americas Civilizations PowerPoint
Description: This lesson is for cooperative learning groups. This lesson will take place in the classroom and the computer lab. Students will create PowerPoints on the early Americas civilizations of the Hohokam, Anasazi, Mississipians, Inuit, Iroquis, Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Students will compare these early Americas civilizations. Students will explain the government, culture and society of each of the above groups. Students will also create a codex on themselves using information learned from the Mayan codices.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Plants
Description: Students will take notes on plants and as a review they will create a multimedia presentation on topics learned including information about their favorite flower. For the duration of the lesson students will also solve and create help wanted ads based on plant organs. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ecology Collage
Description: Students will use magazines and other pictures to create a food web collage topics (teacher should assign food web topics). Students should be divided into groups. Each group should research and prepare a Power Point presentation about their assigned food web topic. This activity would be a good follow up for an ecology unit. 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 (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!!
Description: Working in cooperative learning groups, students research early astronauts, both men and women. They research various rocket and space shuttle designs. With this information, they use Newton's laws to plan, design, and create a paper rocket. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: If Earth No Longer Existed. . .
Description: Students will work in cooperative groups to research characteristics of each of the planets in our solar system. Students will design a travel brochure outlining the characteristics of each planet. Each group will make an oral presentation on their brochure.


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Subject: Arts Education (1), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Botany Scavenger Hunt Where's the Ginkgo?
Description: Students use a science nature journal to log in plants native to Alabama. They sketch pictures of leaves, identify the special characteristics of the plant, and describe the environment where it was found. They also research special characteristics and classifiy the plant. 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 (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Endangered Species
Description: Students research and create a brochure project on an endangered species of their choice integrating aspects of math, science, social studies, art, reading and writing. This project allows the students to make connections across the curriculum. Students present their ideas to a group of peers persuading the group to help save or become interested in helping the endangered species. Students are also encouraged to make connections between the activities of the human population and their effect on the natural world. This project may be completed using the media center computers, computer lab, or individual computers as a homework project. 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 (7), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 8), or Mathematics (6), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are What You Eat
Description: Girls and boys explore the connections between a well-balanced diet and a healthy body. Students keep a food diary, then compare their diet to the recommended daily allowance of food servings. Students use Thinkfinity websites to examine and explore food labels and the nutrients in various foods. They examine their own diet and come up with a healthy eating plan that they can live with using the MyPryamid.gov website. Students will then research diseases in our society related to diet and nutrition and present their findings to the class in a presentation form of their choice. 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: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Classy Sports (Basic Spreadsheet)
Description: Students will be introduced to basic spreadsheet design. Students will learn basic spreadsheet formatting. Students will use formulas to calculate totals.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: PowerPoint Graph Animation
Description: This lesson provides students with the skills to work with multiple applications, copy data between applications, and animate an Excel graph in PowerPoint to increase viewer interest in the presentation.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: All I Want for Christmas (a spreadsheet investigation)
Description: Students will complete a Santa list using a Spreadsheet. Students will enter a list of items they want for Christmas, try to estimate the cost, and total their cost. They will then go on an internet shopping trip to find the actual cost of their items. They will then have an itemized list they can give to their special "santa".


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Fasching
Description: A 5-8 day project that divides students into groups and allows a greater number of students to benefit from two computers in my classroom.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets -- A New Study Tool
Description: Students will learn to use spreadsheets to enter if-then statements that can then be used for study guides for any subject area. Students will create a generic spreadsheet that gives feedback when they enter a correct response to a particular question. They must understand the questions they are entering in order to enter the correct formula to get the desired feedback.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Using Spreadsheets to Calculate Your Grades
Description: This practical use of spreadsheets will allow students to practice entering data, and finding the sum and the mean for the set of data. It will reinforce skills the students have already learned about spreadsheets. In addition, students will be able to manipulate their data to see the effects of low scores on assignments.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!


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Subject: Mathematics (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Shape Are You?
Description: In this lesson, students will read "The Greedy Triangle" by Marilyn Burns, participate in class activities to classify two- and three-dimensional shapes, produce a powerpoint describing a chosen shape, and make a picture of themselves as one of the shapes.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Calculating the mean, mode, median and range using spreadsheet software
Description: This lesson plan involves using spreadsheet software to aid in calculating the mean, mode, median, and range of the distance each student in the class travels from home to school each day. It also involves comparing the use of spreadsheet software for calculations versus doing calculations by hand. It will also help students better understand spreadsheet software including terminology and functions.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Day at a Theme Park (Mathematics, 6th grade, Coordinate grid)
Description: Rationale: The sixth grade curriculum and state standards require the students to understand the coordinate grid, quadrants, etc. This lesson allows the students to apply their knowledge of the coordinate grid, coordinates, and plotting points all while developing technological skills. The lesson also permits the students to create a coordinate grid and plot points on the x and y axis using a map of a theme park.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Congress: Requirements for Office, Members Currently Serving in the United States Congress, and Characteristics and Experiences Needed for Election to Public Office
Description: The students will research and present a computer slide-show on the requirements of office of the Senate and the House of Representatives and a special focus on the two Senators and a House member from one selected state. The students will create an election brochure in which they themselves will run for one of the above offices.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring Asia
Description: Students (in groups of 2 or 3) will gather information on an assigned Asian country. After organizing the required information, students will develop a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Laws, They Are A-Changin'
Description: This unit will cover the key people, places, and events of the Civil Rights Movement. The students will create a Powerpoint presentation, a brochure, and a website so that they can use and extend their technology skills. They will also use and extend their research skills in this process.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Where Did You Get Those "Jeans"?
Description: This lesson can be interdisciplinary involving science, mathematics, and language arts. The primary nature of the lesson is inquiry, project, and technology-based. In science this project is a culminating activity in the heredity unit.


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Watch That Plant Grow
Description: This lesson allows students to explore horticulture within a controlled environment, a greenhouse. Students engage in hands-on activities as they grow their own plants and chart data concerning the conditions related to plant growth in a greenhouse. The data collected is recorded on a spreadsheet to aid in growth prediction over a specified amount of time. This lesson should precede other lessons regarding research on plants grown in a greenhouse.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Visual Dress Code
Description: Primarily designed for ESL students who need visual representations to reinforce the meanings of words, this lesson encourages ESL and native speaking students to extend their vocabulary and conversational skills as they create a slideshow presentation or illustrated booklet of the school or system dress code.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain
Description: Students research the history and the traditions surrounding the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and bullfighting and its significance to the Spanish culture. Students submit a typed report on their findings and in pairs present those findings to the class.


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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 (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Author Trading Cards
Description: In this lesson students conduct print and Internet research to gather information about a contempory author. Students create an author trading card featuring this information and then collect and/or trade these cards as they select reading material.


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


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Integrating Grammar and Literature through Digital Storytelling
Description: In this lesson students create digital stories in cooperative groups using multimedia tools to demonstrate comprehension of the elements of grammar, literature, and technology introduced in the lesson. Students become actively involved in literature, recognize an author's intent, and examine the importance of word choice in writing. This lesson incorporates sentence manipulation, the elements of fiction, storyboarding, and the production of a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching Mark Twain's Early Life and Experiences
Description: This lesson requires students to use the Internet to research the early life of Mark Twain and the influence of his childhood experiences on his writing. The lesson includes letter writing, reading, role playing, and working in a group to create a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
Description: Before reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, students examine different aspects of Victorian Life in London through a variety of research projects requiring hands-on computer activities.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring the Culture of Europe
Description: In this technology-based lesson, students will create a slideshow presentation or a travel brochure to highlight attractions in a chosen country and the historical significance of each attraction. Students will present their created products to the class at the end of a European culture study.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comparing Two Fossil Localities
Description: During this lesson students go on a field trip to locate fossils. Students investigate their findings and identify them using resources from the Internet. They then videoconference to compare/contrast their hypotheses with those of another school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Lois Lowry's The Giver: Using a WebQuest to Create a Persuasive Brochure
Description: After reading Lois Lowry's The Giver, students use a WebQuest to research ideas and themes from the novel. Students use their research and persuasive writing skills to create a brochure designed to sell a way of thinking or way of life addressed in the novel.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Reading, Writing, and Sounder
Description: The activities included in this lesson plan require the reading of William Armstrong's Sounder. This technology-based lesson fosters critical thinking and includes journal writing, student-led discussions with another class via video conferencing, vocabulary development, and persuasive writing.


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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to All?
Description: This lesson is designed to be taught after an introduction to immigration history or as a culminating activity. This is a hands-on, technology-based lesson that relates a student's individual immigration history to the boom of immigration in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. This lesson also gives students insight into the rise of anti-immigrant feelings in the United States during this time period.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Vamos a Viajar
Description: Students will learn about Spanish-speaking countries around the world. They will create brochures or newsletters to illustrate their research.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Comics
Description: Using the book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud as the primary resource, this unit focuses on comics as a tool for communication. Students participate in activities which include journal and essay writing, a graphic organizer, and a distance learning field trip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What’s Going On and Where Am I?
Description: In this lesson, students write a descriptive essay about an historical event as seen through the eyes of an alien from a different planet and time. The lesson encourages the use of colorful and exciting adjectives, adverbs, and verbs in the essay.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Heritage Project
Description: This research project requires students to connect with the past by researching both primary and secondary sources for family history. Their findings are presented in a keepsake portfolio and in a multimedia presentation comparing the historical time period of an ancestor to their own.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Finding Pi - A Math Adventure
Description: In this lesson students will hear the story of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi and participate in class activities to discover pi. Technology resources will be used to display results.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Lou Gehrig and Character Education
Description: After reading book or short story about Lou Gehrig, students conduct online research to learn more about him. Using the material they gather about his life and character, students create a flyer/poster. Students then participate in a virtual field trip from the Baseball Hall of Fame entitled "Lou Gehrig: The Iron Horse."


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who's Who on Olympus and Why Should I Care?
Description: References to mythology extend far beyond the basic exploration of a genre. This unit will serve as an exploration of the creation myth across cultures, an introduction to the major Greek gods and goddesses, and an opportunity to link mythology to today's world. Students will research and create a newsletter on a creation myth and the culture from which it came. They will also plan and present a slideshow presentation about a major god or goddess of ancient Greece, including allusions to him/her in today's world.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Will I Do With My Life?
Description: This lesson gives students a better understanding of careers that fit their personalities. Students take an interest survey, calculate salary, search for possible jobs available in their area, and create a business card.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
Description: This lesson provides students with a hands-on, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Let's Make A Change
Description: A business marketing class and a family and consumer science class collaborate to redecorate the Oval Office for a newly-elected President from Alabama. One class researches the history of the Oval Office and the other supplies the measurements, colors, and furniture choices for the redecoration. A budget is prepared, a spreadsheet utilized, design boards made, and presentation projects created. (The lesson can be adapted for one class.)


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring African Tribal Masks
Description: This lesson allows students to learn about a very important aspect of African culture. It features the use of technology for research and also hands-on experience in creating an African Mask. The lesson can be used as a part of a study of the history and development of African countries.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Let's Celebrate in Her Honor
Description: In this lesson, students use the Internet to research influential women in history. Each student then chooses a woman worthy of having a holiday named in her honor and designs a slideshow presentation defending the choice.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hold Fast To Your Dreams: The Sound and Sense of Langston Hughes
Description: Students investigate poetry form as they research the life of Langston Hughes. They perform the lyrics of his poetry, participate in a distance learning program from Cleveland Institute of Music, and produce computer-generated brochures and booklets as they execute this lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Career Discovery: Preparing a Resume
Description: As part of a career discovery unit, middle school students examine the need to prepare a resume and the potential consequences of giving false information in a resume. Using an online resume wizard designed for middle schoolers, students prepare their first resume. This lesson can be broken into three smaller 30-minute lessons (Step 1, Steps 2-5, and Steps 6-7).


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
Description: Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Oral Presentation of Favorite Celebrity
Description: Using the Internet to research facts about a favorite celebrity, students gain the organizational and oral presentation skills needed to successfully deliver an effective speech and slideshow presentation.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Food Fit for a King?
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to interpret and create bar graphs to compare the nutritional values of fast food. Students will learn many skills during this lesson that will help them create graphs independently. The Internet will serve as a reference to help them learn to create graphs using a spreadsheet program.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Cite Online Resources and Complete Bibliographic Citations
Description: After research in the Alabama Virtual Library, students will write a paragraph essay and use an online citation utility to create bibliographic citations for an online encyclopedia, an online magazine, and a print resource. Copying and pasting the URL address, students will use word processing to create a bibliography.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: This Business Called Learning: Advertising
Description: After analyzing the techniques of propaganda in commercial advertising, students work in cooperative "business" groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Oral Presentations on French Impressionism
Description: Students research and present an artist from the period of French Impressionism. Presentations include a biography and examples of the artist's work. After the presentations, students produce sidewalk chalk paintings.


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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Is my Water Safe?
Description: After a discussion of what makes water safe or unsafe, students will visit a local tributary, test the water, and complete tasks concerning the water. This lesson is designed for a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade gifted education enrichment classes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: I Am a Fish
Description: This cross-curricular lesson combines research on an ecological issue with creative writing. After conducting research on an important environmental issue, students will present their findings from a different point of view.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: African-American Scientists and Inventors
Description: Besides George Washington Carver, what other African-Americans made contributions to American life? The class will explore the careers of famous and not-so-famous African-American scientists and inventors. Also, they will plan and present a slideshow on five of these individuals and explain why each is significant.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ah-Choo!!!
Description: An infectious disease is the breakdown in the structure or function of a living organism. In this lesson, seventh grade science students will discover that diseases can be caused by many different factors. Students will research an infectious disease and create an informative brochure to demonstrate what they have learned.


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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Wet Heads
Description: The lesson will enable students to complete a lesson of scientific inquiry and use the steps in the scientific method to solve a problem. Students will determine the amount of water drops needed to cover the heads of various coins, including a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.


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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What burns when a candle burns? An Introduction to Using the Scientific Method
Description: In this hands-on lesson, the class is divided into small groups and required to use the scientific method to discover what burns in a candle and why. The steps reinforce this methodical approach to solving what initially appears to be a simple question. In this exercise, students will use the scientific method to discover the purpose of a candle's wick and how radiation allows candle wax to change from solid to liquid to gas, thus allowing the wicking action necessary for combustion to occur.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Description: In this lesson, students will learn how high blood pressure can affect the body without one being aware of it. Using the Internet, students will learn causes, preventive measures, and treatment plans. Students will learn how lifestyle and heredity impacts high blood pressure.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
Description: This lesson will concentrate on the differences between drug abuse and drug misuse, effects of drugs on the body, and effects of alcohol and tobacco on the body.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Traffic Jams in the Circulatory System!
Description: Students will discover how atherosclerosis can cause plaque build up in the inner walls of arteries leading to hardening of the arteries which leads to cardiac disease. Students will research atherosclerosis using the Internet and prepare a slide show presentation to communicate the causes and effects of atherosclerosis. Each student will complete a newsletter or brochure to motivate other students, teachers, and staff to monitor diet.


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Subject: Physical Education (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pickle-Ball
Description: Students will be introduced to the sport of Pickle-Ball through a slideshow presentation by the teacher (attached). Students will then conduct research on the Internet and design a simple newsletter on the sport of Pickle-Ball. Topics to be covered are: rules, equipment, court dimensions, and history. Students will then work on the specific sport skills of the serve, forehand return, backhand return, the lob, the volley, smash and special shots. Individual skills will be introduced at the beginning of each class period. Students will then participate in single and doubles matches to give them practice opportunities. At the conclusion of the unit students will be given a hands-on skills post-test and complete a written test to evaluate their performance.


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Cells
Description: Students will research prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The students will then research plant and animal cells, comparing and contrasting the two. Students will also research the major organelles and the function of each. Students will then construct a slideshow presentation with accompanying brochure to communicate the information.


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Subject: Science (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Imagine Mars
Description: Students will learn about Mars and what adaptations would be needed for people to live on Mars. They will develop a plan for the colonization of Mars. A slideshow presentation and brochure will be created to entice people to join this new colony being developed.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Hero by Any Other Name. . .
Description: In conjunction with a study of literary or national heroes or in recognition of 9/11 week, students select a hero from among their family and friends, gather information about him/her, and prepare a multimedia presentation of their research.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Extra! Extra! Harlem Renaissance Tribune
Description: From writing with Langston Hughes to dancing with Bojangles, explore 1920-30 Harlem and publish a newspaper about the arts and entertainment of this cultural renaissance that brought new energy and sound to the world.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Wow! What a trip!
Description: Students are sent back in time to Europe during the Middle Ages. They will stay for five days. They are taking a camera and a journal with them. They will present their journals and their pictures to the class when they return.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Visualizing Islam
Description: Islam is the youngest of the three Semitic religions; however, it is the second largest religion in the world. The impact of Islam on national and international politics creates a need for students to discover how and why this religion spread so far, so fast, and with such dramatic influence around the world. Students will be able to find the answers to these questions and more through researching history, geography, expansion, cultural and societal roles, and Islamic contributions. Students will orally present their findings to the class with a visual aid.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Escape to Freedom
Description: Students will read Number the Stars by Lois Lowrey. This novel about World War II, the Holocaust, and heroism, provides the topic for an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary lesson. Students will utilize their skills in technology and research to learn why there are dictators like Hitler, followers like the Nazis, and people from all walks of life who endanger their lives for the good of others.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Computer Lab Rules and Technology Ethics
Description: Middle school students create presentations or newsletters to demonstrate appropriate behavior while using the computer lab, copyright laws concerning the use of Internet images and web sites, and Internet safety.


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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Transportation to the Western Frontier
Description: There were several modes of transportation for early settlers to use when they moved to the west. Students will research and document four modes of transportation using the Internet and print resources in the library.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Introduction to African American Poets
Description: In this lesson student groups will research selected African American poets using the Alabama Virtual Library. Each group will present its findings according to a chosen format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Autobiographical Magazines
Description: This assignment is designed for students to tell about themselves through writing and creative media. The students compile original articles and illustrations into an autobiographical magazine.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: German Food and Eating Customs
Description: Working in small groups, students plan and serve a typical German supper, using the studied vocabulary to express their needs and opinions. Presentations of cultural customs, cultural differences, and menus make efficient use of limited computer access. (The lesson is easily adapted to other culture studies.)


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: I've Got the Power: An Introduction to Powerful Presentations
Description: This lesson teaches students how to create a basic slideshow that includes inserting slides, using transitions, and adding animation to text. The lesson is taught as an "All About Me" presentation, but can be adapted throughout the year for students to present information in all subjects.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Fairy Tales as a Genre of Literature
Description: This lesson will provide students with an understanding of the literary elements of fairy tales. Students will compose original fairy tales using graphic web organizers and presentation software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Rookie Project
Description: This is a three-part writing project which includes a research paper, a creative short story, and a movie review inspired by the movie, The Rookie. The lesson is easily adapted to other appropriate films of similar themes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Harlem Renaissance Unit
Description: This unit on the history and contribution of the Harlem Renaissance combines research and creative presentations in the form of slideshows, a timeline, and desktop publishing.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Riddles in the Dark
Description: Riddles can be challenging to solve and even more challenging to write. After reading the riddles used by Gollum to try to ensnare Bilbo in chapter five of Tolkien's The Hobbit and those used by Bilbo to outwit Gollum, students use their wit and cunning to author a riddle pop-up book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Identifying Sequence of Events Using Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Description: After listening to a reading of Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck, students use graphic organizers and comic strips to practice sequencing. In a fun activity, small groups follow directions to make oobleck.


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Observation of Yeast Growth
Description: In this lesson students will observe the growth of yeast cells, which is evidence that yeasts are converting food to energy and are living organisms.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What's in Your Secret Garden?
Description: After reading F.H. Burnett's The Secret Garden, students create their own secret gardens and design a slideshow presentation of their gardens to share with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our African American Heroes
Description: Students will create a short digital slideshow presentation and brochure on a famous black American.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Other Side of Sugar
Description: This lesson will identify the various types and quantities of sugars found in foods and how they affect our body. Students will discover the link between these foods and the disease called “diabetes.” The different types of diabetes will be discussed, along with preventative measures and medical requirements. Students will work in groups to research and prepare presentations in the form of slideshows, newsletters, display boards, or written reports for at least three of the content questions. Each group will respond to a different set of content questions in order to address all aspects of the unit. The culminating activity will be for each student to individually interview a person who has diabetes and capture their comments about the disease, how it affects them emotionally and physically, and how it has affected their families.


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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 (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: World War II: The Home Front
Description: World War II opened a new chapter in the lives of Americans. It was a time of social change and a marked increase in patriotism. In this lesson, students will explore how World War II affected civilians at home.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Description: This five-day lesson will introduce the students to the author of the novel as the beginning of a unit. The students will conduct research to obtain biographical information about the author and read/analyze summaries and critiques of the author's writing. Finally, the students will create brochures or flyers to highlight the author as a guest at a mock author's conference.


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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Sonar Mapping of the Ocean Floor
Description: Mapping the ocean floor must be done by indirect observation. One method involves bouncing a sonar signal off of the ocean floor and measuring the length of time this signal takes to return. This length can be translated into distance: Distance=Speed of Sound X Time/2. In this lab, students will be making indirect observations using a wooden rod as the "sonar signal."


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: "What Happened Next?"--Sequencing With The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Description: This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice the skill of sequencing. Students also improve in comprehension skills, previewing and predicting skills, and drawing conclusions.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Investigating Integers
Description: Students will create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate their understanding of integers. Within this presentation they will include information on how to compare and order integers and how to add and subtract integers by writing about situations where they may encounter integers. Additionally, they will create a word problem with a solution that reflects their understanding of adding or subtracting negative and positive integers.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Weapons of World War I
Description: The students will use the Internet and the school's media center to discover the weapons of World War I. They will compare and contrast the weapons used during that time period with the weapons that are used in warfare today. At the conclusion of the lesson, the students will create a digital slideshow with the history, uses, and changes in old and new military technology.


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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: It's a Small, Small World
Description: As an introduction to the study of diversity of life, science students will use hands-on inquiry experiments to discover the microscopic world through a microscope. Students will use computers to create a brochure or slideshow presentation to show the three kinds of protists. Students will learn the importance of all life in our biosphere.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Memory Preservation--One Relative at a Time
Description: After organizing and conducting an interview of a grandparent/senior citizen, students create a slideshow presentation using the information and memorabilia collected at the interview.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Narrative Writing: The Autobiographical Incident
Description: After organizing their thoughts using a graphic organizer, students write a narrative essay which relates an autobiographical incident. Students present their essays in a slideshow which allows their classmates to practice predicting an outcome as they guess the ending of the narrative. Some of the essays will be included in a class newsletter created by the students.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Description: Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Technology
Description: Students will create a slide on an assigned topic that will become part of a class presentation. The class presentation will trace the evolution of the computer, identify the pioneers of technology, investigate the impact technology has had on the workplace and society, and examine how technology has influenced the course of history in geneeral. This project is a semester long assignment with required progress due each six weeks. Computer lab time will need to be made available either during or after school throughout the semester.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Reading Buddies
Description: Students will increase reading and writing proficiency and heighten interest in reading through this Reading Buddy program. During this two-week unit each middle school student will use technology tools to create an original holiday theme book and present it to an elementary student in the community. The student will also read aloud a library book and develop a hands-on activity to coincide with the theme.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Career Exploration for the Middle School Student
Description: This is a technology-based career guidance project during which students select a career to research on the Internet. Students will create slideshow presentations of information on selected careers and present the slideshows to the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Working With Vocabulary
Description: This lesson focuses on enhancing students' vocabulary usage and spelling which, in turn, benefits reading. This lesson also includes keyboarding practice and computer usage.


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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Fourteenth Century
Description: Students will study the upheaval and uncertainty of living during the 14th century. They will read about the Hundred Years War, the plague, and the schism within the Catholic church.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Diary of Anne Frank: How Would I Survive?
Description: After reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, student groups examine the coping strategies of the people in the Secret Annex. Then, each student develops a personal survival plan to be included in a group slideshow presentation which addresses this question: How would I survive if I experienced the same stressful situation? Additionally, the students discuss current world situations that necessitate coping strategies.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What about Steinbeck's The Pearl?
Description: In this three week unit on the novel The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, students examine and discuss the characteristics of a novel, compare and contrast the novel to folk tales and short stories, write chapter summaries and essays, and conduct Internet research to prepare slideshow presentations on related topics, including both those reflecting cultural differences of the novel's characters and those issues involving the economic principle of supply and demand.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 8), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Guided Tour of Paris
Description: Students will play the role of a Paris tour guide. Traveling on the Paris Metro System, students will guide tourists through the city to point out the location and important facts of major historical landmarks.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who Wrote That? -- Reporting on Books by the Same Author
Description: Students will read two chapter books by the same author, compare/contrast the books using graphic organizers, research biographical information on the author, and create a slideshow presentation and/or a brochure about the books and authors to share with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Us: Writing and Presenting Poetry
Description: In this lesson students write a poem about their class and classmates. Students then transfer their poems to individual presentation slides which are combined with their classmates' slides to create a class slideshow presentation. This presentation can be printed to create a class ABC book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Using Graphic Organizers to Develop a Character Analysis
Description: This hands-on, technology-based lesson enables students of all ability levels to organize the traits of main characters and to develop a character analysis. Students choose two main characters from myths, legends, or fables to create both a slideshow presentation and a newsletter demonstrating their conclusions.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Biography Presentations
Description: With this extensive hands-on, interdisciplinary, technology-based multimedia project, students will compile data about a famous or notable person using media center resources and the Internet. Students will also participate in an interview scenario.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Taking the Mystery out of Writing a Mystery
Description: This mystery-writing lesson focuses on the structure of a short story and the elements of a mystery in particular. Students complete the entire writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students demonstrate the ability to write in a different voice for a different audience by rewriting their own mystery stories as a news article. Students then work together to create a newsletter about all the students' mysteries.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to the World of Verbs
Description: In this comprehensive study of the verb, students participate in play-acting, creative writing, word processing, and pencil-paper activities. A teacher-made slideshow presentation with student friendly Web links introduces the lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: In Search of Rhyme and Reason
Description: Students in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade language arts class will read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Discussions and activities will focus on idioms as they are used in the English language.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Heroes in Greek Mythology
Description: This lesson examines the characteristics of Greek heroes and leads students to recognize references to Greek mythological heroes found in literature and culture today. Students will present analyses of heroes by defending their favorites in a slideshow presentation nominating them for selection to a Heroes' Hall of Fame.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Identifying the Elements of Plot in a Short Story
Description: Students become motivated readers as they read, comprehend, and interpret a short story. Students present plot diagrams in slideshows and additional information about the author in a brochure.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: United States Virtual Tour Guide
Description: Groups/pairs of students will create a short digital slide presentation and travel brochure on one of the 50 U.S. states. They will do research in encyclopedias/atlases and on the Internet to include information on geography, official state information (state bird, flower, song, etc.), and a travel destination within that state. Presentations can be combined to create one slideshow covering all 50 states.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Digital Autobiography
Description: In this lesson, students will create original poetry and prose and will assemble a written autobiographical booklet in a middle school language arts class. After all poetry and prose are written, students will create a digital slideshow to give a multimedia dimension to one or more of the selections.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets 101
Description: This lesson introduces students to the function and use of spreadsheets. It includes a Power Point presentation (to be used by the teacher) as well as beginning student assignments.


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Subject: Arts Education (4 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
Description: This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Set the Table Correctly
Description: The Family and Consumer Science (FACS) portion of this lesson provides opportunities for students to utilize acceptable guidelines for table setting. A basic computer research component familiarizes students with fundamental processes of online investigation. Students will then work in groups to create slideshow presentations to teach other students how to correctly set a table.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Writing with Technology
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps for effectively using a Dreamwriter portable keyboard/word processing device. Students will use this technology tool to draft and publish a final copy of a writing assignment.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Find a Pattern Using Children's Literature
Description: Students use the problem solving strategy of "find a pattern" to predict the number of grains of rice Rani (from the book, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi) will receive after 30 days. Students use a spreadsheet to illustrate data from the story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Appreciation of Literature Through Knowledge of Newbery Books - A Unit for the Librarian or Language Arts Teacher
Description: Students will select a Newbery Medal Award book to read. They will complete one of three projects to reflect understanding of the chosen book. Their projects will be presented to the class in an effort to entice other students to read the book. This is a creative way to present a booktalk.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Computer Comparison Project
Description: In this collaborative project students compare computer hardware and software. Handheld computers may be utilized to provide students experience in inputting data and beaming it for use in a class summary.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Touring Our School Through Two Languages
Description: This lesson will help students combine the tools of technology with language skills to communicate with non-English speaking students in the community.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Economics
Description: Students will be able to explain the various services available to protect consumer rights. They will develop a PowerPoint presentation in their student achievement teams which contains the required information along with a question section. This presentation will then be used in class for a review activity prior to testing.


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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Introduction to Spreadsheets
Description: Students will utilize Excel or other spreadsheet software to create both text and numerical valued columns to produce a Christmas or birthday wish list.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Getting to Know You
Description: This lesson provides an introduction to presentation software for students and a way for the teacher and students to get to know each other at the beginning of school.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Narnia
Description: This lesson will provide eighth grade Language Arts students with an inquiry-based research project based on C. S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The student will determine the author's purpose in writing this story. This will be accomplished by researching material using the Alabama Virtual Library and Gale Resources.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Read All About It! Supreme Court Case Makes Headlines!
Description: This is a project to conclude the study of the Judicial Branch of our government. The students, working in pairs, will be assigned a landmark Supreme Court case to research in a computer lab setting. They will then construct a one-page newsletter on the case which will include a summary of the case, two pictures, a short biography on one of the justices on the Court at that time, and an editorial describing their reaction to the case.


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Nutrition Labels
Description: In this lesson, students will use an Excel spreadsheet to determine the percentage of fat, protein and carbohydrates in a common breakfast cereal. The students will create a pie chart to represent the percentages of fat, protein and carbohydrates in the food.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Using NBA Statistics for Box and Whisker Plots     
Description: Students use information from NBA statistics to make and compare box and whisker plots. The data provided in the lesson come from the NBA, but you could apply the lesson to data from the WNBA or any other sports teams or leagues for which player statistics are available.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Digital Diaries
Digital Tool: Kizoa
Digital Tool Description: Kizoa is a comprehensive and easy-to-use slideshow creating platform online, enabling people to easily share photos in a dynamic and creative way. (Description provided by Kizoa)


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Title: Using Voki To Create A Unique Book Trailer
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Voki is an online learning resource that allows the user to create a customizable avatar that will star in a short video clip.  The avatar can be placed in a variety of settings, and students can record the script for the avatar to say.  There is also a text to speech component of the program where students can choose a voice style and then type the script for the avatar to perform.


ALEX Podcasts


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Arthropod Brochure in Microsoft Word
Overview:
This podcast demonstrates how to create a brochure about a specific arthropod. The podcast defines arthropods and their characteristics. The podcast explains how to set up a tri-fold brochure in Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010.


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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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How to Create a Chart in Microsoft Excel
Overview:
This podcast shows how to create and edit a chart (graph) using Microsoft Excel 2010. 


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Hanging Indents for your Reference Page
Overview:
This podcast demonstrates how to use the hanging indent feature in MS Word 2007 in order to correctly type references in MLA or APA style.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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

Assessments


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Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.micros...
This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

Informational Materials


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Beautiful Biomes
http://www.blueplane...
This website allows students to explore different biomes using an interactive map.

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Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.micros...
This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

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

Interactives/Games


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Create a Graph
http://nces.ed.gov/n...
Students can use this site to graph data collected.

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Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.micros...
This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

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

Learning Activities


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Beautiful Biomes
http://www.blueplane...
This website allows students to explore different biomes using an interactive map.

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Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.micros...
This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

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Scientific Method and Writing a Scientific Paper
http://biology.clc.u...
Student groups perform a literature review and design an experiment, following all steps of the scientific method, to answer a proposed question, analyze their "data", and write a conclusion and bibliography section. A grading sheet is included.

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

Teacher Tools


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Using Excel Tables Tutorial
http://office.micros...
This interactive tutorial teaches you how to manage information using Excel Tables, including formatting data, sorting, filters, and formulas. There are exercises and a test to complete in the tutorial. This tutorial is for Microsoft Excel 2010.

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

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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