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Lesson Plans (23) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (10) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (1) 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 (1)


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Informational Text- The Water Cycle
Description: This is an ELA- 2nd Grade lesson on informational text which integrates science and technology. Students will discuss in whole group informational text and its importance. They will use the Close Reading strategy to read informational text on the water cycle. Students will complete a KWL chart throughout the unit. They will discuss their findings in partners and work together to complete a water cycle graphic organizer. They will use the iPad to create a blog post and create an animated movie discussing the water cycle. This is a week long unit. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Those Sneaky Poets!!  
Description: This lesson integrates the area of science and english language arts. Students will analyze figurative language in the poem A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney and work collaboratively to create a poster of the water cycle that demonstrates their knowledge of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation in the water cycle. Students will then individually produce a paragraph that demonstrates their knowledge of the water cycle using the key words evaporation, condensation and precipitation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Who's Side Are You On? 
Description: In this lesson students will compare and contrast two versions of The Three Little Pigs. Students will use the Story Kit app on iPads in groups to recreate the story of The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Students will write a brief explanation of which story they believe is true and why. Students will "judge" in "court" which version of the story is true based on evidence provided.   


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Empty Pot
Description: This lesson will help students identify the moral of the story The Empty Pot by Demi. During this lesson, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about the character trait honesty. Students will share about a time when they demonstrated this character trait. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Analyzing Text:  What is the Author really saying? We Better Take This Thing Apart!
Description: Critical thinking skills such as analyzing text requires a true understanding of the text. Analyzing requires the students to break the text apart and looking carefully "closely" at the different components and making sense of the text. Students must be lead to break the text into it's components and then reorganize the text.  Teachers can teach analyzing skills by modeling their thinking through questioning the text and making students aware of the authors purpose. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Apple Pie Tree
Description: Who doesn't love an apple pie? In this story, students will observe an apple tree throughout the seasons while answering who, what, where, why, when, and how questions. As a conclusion, students will make and eat an apple pie! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (1 - 3), or English Language Arts (1 - 3)
Title: Where Did My Sunflowers Van Gogh?
Description: Students will read about the life of Vincent Van Gogh and observe how the events of his life shaped his art.  Students will view various works by the artist and evaluate the changes in them.  Students will then create a still life sunflower portrait interpretation based on the works of Vincent Van Gogh. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history. The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions. Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   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: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "No More Money Trouble"
Description: This lesson will allow students to identify and count money. They will enjoy playing with coins that look like real money. This lesson is guaranteed to motivate students through the use of hands-on and cooperative group activities. 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 (2)
Title: Learning to Clean Tables by Using Sign Language/Picture Symbols
Description: This is a L.I.F.E Skills functional and reading lesson using sign language and picture symbols for a severe/profound class with little or no verbal expressive language skills.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: November Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering November holidays and special events. November is Native American Heritage Month and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm      
Description: Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr     
Description: All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Connect With Low-Literate Families: A Three-Tiered Approach     
Description: Parents and caregivers take a page from the teacher's book when they listen to students take-home poems or stories and discuss the ideas within.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction with '' Little Red Riding Hood Text'' Sets     
Description: Students discuss and compare differing versions of '' Little Red Riding Hood'' and other tales about wolves in cumulative read-aloud sessions and text set explorations.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study     
Description: This lesson, in which students research worms in order to create a classroom habitat, incorporates reading and writing across content areas as well as math and science activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers     
Description: Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.
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: Using Web-Based Bookmarks to Conduct Internet Research     
Description: The important thing about this lesson is that it connects literature and science. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown provides a model for original student poems about a content area topic. Web-based bookmarks guide students to appropriate sites on the topic, and a graphic organizer helps them focus their research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Audience Through Interactive Writing     
Description: Through interactive writing, students work together and then independently to create invitation letters for a group of their peers and their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Read a Song: Using Song Lyrics for Reading and Writing     
Description: This lesson will be music to the students ears when they hear that they get to read song lyrics and compose original lyrics for a familiar song.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Digital Tool: Plot Diagram
Digital Tool Description: This organizational tool for grades K-12 uses the plot diagram pyramid to map events in a story.  You can choose beginning, middle, and end for younger learners or exposition, climax, and resolution for older learners.  The mapping tool allows readers to recreate a story you have taught in class, or writers to map out the ideas for an original piece. 


ALEX Podcasts


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The Big6 - Skill 4 Use of Information
Overview:
The Big6 is a process model to help people solve their information problems. Developed by information literacy educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is a way to teach information and technology skills, or research skills, to our students. In this video you are introduced to the Big6 skills by viewing an analogy between baking and doing research. In this video you are introduced to Skill 4 - Use of Information or "What information can we use?"


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 8: Santons
Overview:
Most Christians in America have a Nativity Scene.  We always include the same characters including shepherds, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  In France, Santons or "little saints" are included.   Santons allow the everyday common working man to be part of this Holy Night.  Tune in to find out more about France's nativity or "creche" scenes.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 5: La Befana
Overview:
This podcast retells the legend of La Befana, a famous gift-giver from Italy. We "flew" to Italy via Google Earth and learned about the country of Italy as well.  After studying about La Befana, children illustrated pictures to retell her story. We also made mini English muffin pizzas to celebrate Italy and their gift giver, La Befana!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 9: Fabric Balls
Overview:
In this podcast, the children share a tradition from Russia.  We cover a styrofoam ball with fabric scraps as the peasant farmers did so many years ago.  Learn why peasants in Russia wanted to do this.  And you can see how we celebrated by making this traditional ornament for own own trees! 


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 4: Christmas Cards
Overview:
In this podcast, students share what they discovered about Christmas cards. The first cards were actually sent by children just like us! This student also shares a class activity that we completed together to honor this classic Christmas tradition!


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Christmas Around the World Podcast Series: Episode 3: Caroling
Overview:
In this podcast, children share what they learned about Christmas caroling.  They also share the traditions of "wassailing"! Caroling is a tradition that children of all ages have enjoyed for years.  Watch this podcast to learn all about this holiday tradition!  It has brought smiles and joy to people for hundreds of years!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 1: The Christmas Tree
Overview:
This podcast explains how the Christmas tree came to be an important part of many holiday traditions.


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Cooking Rocks - Chocolate Dipped Treats
Overview:
Students in 3rd grade present the directions to a recipe in chronological order.  Following the presentation, there are comprehension questions.


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Cooking Rocks - Chocolate Chill Out Cake
Overview:
Students in the 3rd grade researched a recipe and wrote a script.  They present their recipe and then have comprehension questions at the end. 


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Cooking Rocks - Cinnamon Bagel Sticks
Overview:
Students go through the steps for making a snack. They list ingredients and supplies and then present the sequence of the steps.  At the end of the video there are questions to answer. 


Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: November Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering November holidays and special events. November is Native American Heritage Month and this calendar includes links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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