ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Lights! Camera! Action! Creating video vocabulary.
Description: Students will select important words from the unit of study and create a 15 second video on twitter or instagram acting out the word. Students will use a hash tag for each unit to make the words easy to find during review times. (example #2015unit2)
Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Social Media Responsibility
Description: Students will watch a local news report on Social Media Responsibility. They will work in groups and conduct research about the topic. They will come up with tips for teens, then create a presentation using the Haiku Deck web app that can be shared with other teens and the community.
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.
Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Are the Chances?
Description: Students will use technology to investigate probability from basic terms to the theoretical probability of events.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Subject: Technology Education (K - 12)
Title: Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 2
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will use the information, pictures, diagrams, and narratives created in Part 1 to develop a brochure. The brochure will consist of guidelines for handicap accessible ramps, sample calculations and contact information. It must be suitable for distribution at city hall.
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!!
Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Description: This lesson introduces students to Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. After considering the impact of Ms. Parks' heroism, students will explore its relevance to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn new vocabulary and will answer a questionnaire that will be published on the web. Students will then create a tribute to Rosa Parks' heroism that will be submitted to a classroom book.
Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Interactive Reading Project
Description: Students are motivated to read and learn to discuss literature by discussing books they are reading via e-mail.
ALEX Learning Activities
Title: Safe Side of the Internet
Digital Tool: Padlet
Digital Tool Description: Padlet is an online digital bulletin board. The teacher will pose an open question or topic about online safety and elicit student responses to create a wall poster. Using Padlet, students will post three ways to stay safe while online.
Title: How to Create a Safe Online Profile
Digital Tool: Profile Publisher
Digital Tool Description: Using the interactive tool Profile Publisher, students (grades 6-12) will create a printed social networking profile for a fictional character, a historical figure, an inanimate object, etc. to demonstrate their understanding of the appropriate and safe content for an online profile.
Title: Tailor Your Teaching with Today's Meet
Digital Tool: Today's Meet
Digital Tool Description: This is a live stream chat, where students can ask questions and leave comments. Teachers can use the comments and questions to tailor their teaching on the spot to meet student needs. Students can also respond to one another, creating a live learning community. A temporary room can be set up that will automatically delete in a set time frame.
Title: Social Media Responsibility
Digital Tool: #Virtue: A Special Report on Social Media Responsibility
Digital Tool Description:
This Taking Action Special Report done by a local news station focuses on the importance of teaching students social media responsibility.
This informative video includes accounts from local students and candid stories from teens about how social media affects their lives.
This video will be used to introduce students to the potential pitfalls of the unsafe uses of social media.
Title: Teaching Students to Think Before You Post
Digital Tool: You Tube Video titled the same.
Digital Tool Description: This video promoted by the Ad Council is designed to make teens aware of the potential dangers of sharing and posting personal information online and communicating with unfamiliar people.
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Tool
Digital Tool Description: ReadWriteThink profile is an interactive profile for students to learn how to create a safe online profile.
Title: Stop Cyberbullying
Digital Tool: On-line Interactive Website
Digital Tool Description: Infinity Interactive Learning Lab provides a interactive training site for teaching them how to prevent cyber bullying to students. Students watch a video and apply the concepts they have learned.
Facebook and Teens
Facebook and Teens is a podcast that informs you on how you as a teenager should watch what you say and do on Facebook.
Using Pinterest in the Classroom to Research a Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
This podcast was created to teach educators and students how to use the website Pinterest. Pinterest is an amazing resource and data base full of educational information. During the pod-cast, I show the viewer how to search for healthy life tools and tips.
Teens, the Internet and the U. S. Justice System
"Teens, the Internet, and the U. S. Justice System" is a podcast designed to show how the legal system has adapted to the Internet. The podcast has five court cases which involve: protesting, infringement into school computers, when creative writing becomes criminal intent, when are you responsible with what's on your website, and when graphic arts get too graphic. The object is to help students make good choices when they are on the Internet.
"What Hath God Wrought": A Brief History of Recorded Sound
This podcast can be used by either technology teachers or Civics teachers. Technology teachers can use it to teach the use and possibilities of the new technologies. The civics teacher can use it to open up discussion on laws and regulations involving those same technologies; as well as the history of recorded music up to today. The podcast uses hip, cutting edge references to the internet and its associated uses, so kids will "get" it, but it also contains information that parents can use to help them understand their child's use of the internet.
Internet Safety - a teen's perspective
Xtranormal video of internet safety including protection of personal information. Script and movie were created by 8th grade students