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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learning Assets (2)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Health (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Find the Fat
Description: Students will experiment with and evaluate healthy and unhealthy foods. Students will take digital pictures and view during a class discussion about fat content in foods. Students will watch a video about healthy eating and exercise and respond to the experience through writing and drawing.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or Science (3 - 12)
Title: A Journey Through the Trees
Description: The teacher will discuss the importance of trees with the students. The teacher will provide photographs of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area. The teacher will discuss significant features of each tree and pertinent ways to identify them. The collection may include: Dogwood, various Oak, Hickory, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Beech, Elm, and Birch trees. The teacher will take a nature walk with the students in order for each child to choose a tree and do a bark rub. The students will compare their art and write a journal entry in order to describe something they learned about their particular tree. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (K - 2)
Title: Camouflage (Predator vs Prey) at Little River Canyon National Preserve
Description: The hunter is the predator while the hunted is the prey. Both animals try to make themselves appear as part of their natural surroundings. Predators do not wish to be seen while hunting and prey want to hide when hunted. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (1)
Title: Science Writing with Author Lois Ehlert
Description: This is an interdisciplinary language development unit addressing science and language arts standards designed for English Language Learners. In the week-long unit students will learn the life cycle of plants and discuss various uses for plants. They will also use the writing of a renowned children's author, Lois Ehlert, as a model for their own writing. During the final project students will follow the writing process. The lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP).


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Sense Suspense
Description: In this language development lesson, Kindergarten ELLs learn the five senses, classify objects using the five senses, and create an ABC book modeled after Bruce McMillan's Sense Suspense in which they demonstrate their learning.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Label It!
Description: During this lesson, students will work to create word cards or "labels" to identify parts of the computer. Students will use basic letter sounds to help spell the correct words. Students will demonstrate their new knowledge by labeling parts of a computer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonological Awareness/Rhyming
Description: During this lesson students will be introduced to rhyme in a variety of ways. Students will use picture cards, practice rhyming on the Internet, and listen to a book with rhyme. At the end of the lesson, student should be able to recognize rhyming words.


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Subject: Arts Education (K), or English Language Arts (K)
Title: Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own
Description: Students will summarize a Leo Lionni story through drawing and writing. Students will also mix the three primary colors to make secondary colors.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (K - 2)
Title: The Four Seasons
Description: This is a reading and writing lesson for special education/early elementary about the four seasons.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Collaborative Stories 2: Revising     
Description: Using a collaborative story written by students, the teacher leads a shared-revising activity to help students consider content when revising, with students participating in the marking of text revisions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Going on a Shape Hunt: Integrating Math and Literacy     
Description: Students participate in a scavenger hunt for shapes; reading, writing, and discussion of shapes encourage literacy and math skills.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: All About Our Town: Using Brochures to Teach Informational Writing     
Description: Students explore their towns' landmarks, symbols, and people; look at brochures and other informational tools; practice writing for a specific audience and revising; and work collaboratively to create a brochure.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research     
Description: Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rain, Ice, Steam: Using Reading to Support Inquiry About the Water Cycle     
Description: Water is always moving in a continuous cycle from liquid to solid to gas and back again. Students study this never-ending cycle through shared readings, center activities, and experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds     
Description: Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?     
Description: This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories     
Description: Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Draw a Goat with the Number 4!
Digital Tool: HarpToons
Digital Tool Description: HarpToons are interactive drawing videos that teach how to draw using a letter or number; this video will be used to begin a lesson on procedural knowledge. 


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Title: All About Me
Digital Tool: Doodlecast
Digital Tool Description: Doodlecast for Kids is an iPad app that allows students to create short whiteboard videos. Students can create short videos by drawing on a blank whiteboard. Students can record their voices as they draw on the whiteboard. Students who are struggling to start their stories can use one of the twenty-three story prompts offered by Doodlecast for Kids. A student’s video can be up to three minutes long. Videos can be saved to a student's iPad camera roll and or uploaded to YouTube. There is a cost for this app of $2.99 (unless there is school funding available).


Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.     
Description: After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write '' A Day in the Life'' narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Tell a Migration Story...With Interviews     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students become reporters for the local newspaper and conduct interviews with someone who has migrated to their community. After they finish their interviews, students share what they have learned about their interviewees experiences, memories, and feelings about coming to live in their new community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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