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Lesson Plans (17) 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. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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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 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: 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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Using Informational Text
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about frogs and toads using the book Frogs by Gail Gibbons.  Students begin the lesson by brainstorming what they already know about frogs and toads. After reading the book, students will compare and contrast a frog and a toad by using the diagrams located in the book. At the end of the lesson students will use the information in the text to draw and label a frog and a toad. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: 100 More Hungry Ants
Description: Students will investigate what happens to the number of ants at a picinc when 100 more ants arrive at the picnic. They will explore this concept using a slide presentation followed by a partner game.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System
Description: This lesson introduces the Dewey Decimal System of numbering used for arranging nonfiction books on the shelves of an elementary school library.


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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: Descriptive Writing and the 100th Day of School     
Description: Students write descriptions of 100th day bottles they create at home, write clues about their bottles for a guessing game, practice descriptive writing, and create a class book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: I Wonder: Writing Scientific Explanations With Students     
Description: Students choose a question to explore, research it using a variety of resources, organize their information on a TCF chart, and then collaboratively write a class scientific explanation.
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: 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: Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World      
Description: Students are asked to '' talk'' with Kevin Henkes Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.
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: Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text     
Description: What is it like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Students find out in this lesson in which they become the characters in Judith Viorst's book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4



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 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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