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## ALEX Lesson Plans

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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (2)
Title: Let's Go Shopping!
Description: This lesson will give students practice with adding and subtracting money using a calculator. It will provide them an opportunity to determine savings using a store coupon, and determine the change they should recieve when making purchases using \$1.00 and \$5.00 bills. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Perimeter of Polygons
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to learn how to find the length, or perimeter of a polygon in real world tasks.

## Thinkfinity Lesson Plans

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts
Description: During interactive read-aloud sessions, students identify how an author conveys mathematical information about animals sizes and abilities. They then conduct research projects focusing on the same mathematical concepts.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus
Description: Students explore multiple online sources to gather information about the life of Christopher Columbus, complete a cyber scavenger hunt, and use their notes to prepare a timeline and summary report.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Alaska Native Stories: Using Narrative to Introduce Expository Text
Description: Tradition and technology come together in this lesson in which students learn about Alaskan animals through Native American tales and their own online research.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Voting! What's It All About?
Description: Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Question and Answer Books--From Genre Study to Report Writing
Description: After exploring several question and answer books on a variety of topics, students research a topic and create their own class question and answer book.

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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Oh Say Can You See What the Star Spangled Banner Means?
Description: This unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, is designed to explore the symbolic, historical, and literary background of the American flag, beginning with Francis Scott Key's poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry. Using archival documents and images, students associate Key's words with historic events and recognize the sentiment those words inspired. In the second part of the unit, students review the symbols within the flag and look at some historic images of the flag that have become part of American national consciousness.
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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.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Blending Fiction and Nonfiction to Improve Comprehension and Writing Skills
Description: Students use a text set to increase understanding of content area material and demonstrate what they have learned by writing an original piece that blends together narrative and expository elements.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Notes, Quotes, and Fact Fragments
Description: Students are guided through the process of taking notes while reading factual information, then turning those notes into new sentences and paragraphs written in their own words.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Science Texts to Teach the Organizational Features of Nonfiction
Description: Students explore organizational features of nonfiction science. Students then work together to create a two-page spread using those features to present information about their local environment.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Biographies: Creating Timelines of a Life
Description: In this lesson students explore a number of sources to create a biographical timeline about a selected person. Students collaboratively research and resolve conflicting information they find during their investigation.

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Subject: Language Arts
Description: Students develop scripts, perform, and use their voices to depict characters from texts, giving them the opportunity to develop fluency and further enhance comprehension of what they are reading.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes
Description: Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring How Section Headings Support Understanding of Expository Texts
Description: Nonfiction may be dull for some students, but this lesson helps them focus on the main ideas. Through awareness of section headings, students learn to sort and categorize main concepts.

## Web Resources

### Interactives/Games

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Authors Purpose
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A quick interactive activity to determine the author's purposes: inform, entertain, persuade.

### Learning Activities

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Authors Purpose
http://fcit.usf.edu/...
A quick interactive activity to determine the author's purposes: inform, entertain, persuade.

## Thinkfinity Learning Activities

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.
Description: Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a '' Top Picks'' class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.