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ALEX Lesson Plans

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Subject: 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.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans

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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,Mathematics
Title: A Tale of Two Stories
Description: This unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on on developing the process of classification, especially an awareness of similarities and differences. The activities use The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella to motivate students to think and reason mathematically.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: If the Shoe Fits...
Description: This lesson plan, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, is inspired by children s natural curiosity about fantasy and fairy tales and focuses on the process of classification, especially an awareness of similarities and differences. The activity uses Cinderella to motivate students to think and reason mathematically.
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Examining Plot Conflict through a Comparison/Contrast Essay
Description: Students explore picture books to identify the characteristics of four types of conflict. They then write about a conflict they have experienced and compare it to a conflict from literature.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing
Description: Imagination and application are key to this tall tale lesson in which students take what they know about tall tales to spin a yarn of their own.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Q is for Duck: Using Alphabet Books With Struggling Writers
Description: A is for zoo? Q is for duck? The alphabet as students know it is transformed when students create a class book that contains clever associations for each letter of the alphabet.

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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: Exploring Compare and Contrast Structure in Expository Texts
Description: Students build their understanding of the terms compare and contrast by participating in class discussions, using Internet resources, working collaboratively, and by visually representing information in a Venn diagram.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Native Americans Today
Description: This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
Description: Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Alter Egos and More with Avis '' Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?''
Description: After reading Avi's novel '' Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?'' , students create an alter ego for themselves and use it to write their own radio show, modeled after the book.

ALEX Learning Activities

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Title: Comparing Clouds
Digital Tool: Tagxedo
Digital Tool Description: Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text. (Taken from Tagxedo's website)

Thinkfinity Interactive Games

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Subject: Language Arts,Religion
Title: ' Phony Holy Man,'' '' Ant and Chrysalis''
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, guides students through the process of comparing a Buddhist Jataka tale ('' The Phony Holy Man'' ) and one of Aesop s fables ('' The Ant and the Chrysalis'' ).
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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.

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Subject: Language Arts
Description: Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.
Description: Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.