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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (4) 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. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (2)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Who's Who?: Character Analysis Activity
Description: This character analysis activity is a technology based activity. This lesson would be the most beneficial at the beginning of the unit when the class is reading the book "Holes" by Louis Sachar. The students will create FlipCards to organize the main points for each character so they will be able to compare and contrast each of their roles.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5)
Title: Genre: Search, Find, & Sort
Description: In this lesson students will be review six different fiction genres (fantasy, realistic fiction, mystery, traditional literature, historical fiction & science fiction), three nonfictions genres (informational, biography, & autobiography), & one other genre (poetry). They will then practice their knowledge of these genres through a search, find, & sort activity.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Genre Who? Identifying Various Fiction Genres
Description: In this lesson students will be introduced to six different fiction genres. They will then practice their knowledge of these genres through a review game.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 6), or Social Studies (3 - 5)
Title: Living in the Wild
Description: In this lesson, students will compare and contrast how the Prehistoric Americans lived off the land at Russell Cave and how Sam Gribley from "My Side of the Mountain" lived off the land. 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 (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Comics
Description: Using the book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud as the primary resource, this unit focuses on comics as a tool for communication. Students participate in activities which include journal and essay writing, a graphic organizer, and a distance learning field trip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Expository Essay: State Trip
Description: After researching a place/event of interest in Alabama, students write a five-paragraph essay. Students include maps and written directions to the location, describe activities and/or events associated with this location, include in this profile.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation     
Description: Students observe animals using one of the many webcams broadcasting from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world, with a focus on observation, discussion, questioning, and research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal     
Description: Based on the Guided Comprehension Model by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson helps students learn three types of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world) using a double-entry journal.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6



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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches     
Description: This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Historical Fiction to Learn About the Civil War     
Description: Students in grades 4 and 5 discuss inferential comprehension and visualization as they use a think-aloud questioning strategy to develop a deeper understanding of a historical novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing and Assessing an Autobiographical Incident     
Description: Students build upon their knowledge of biographies to write their own autobiographical incident. After going through a process of revision, they use a rubric to assess their work.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Science
Title: 'Leap, plashless'': Emily Dickinson and Poetic Imagination     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read and explore one of Emily Dickinson's nature poems, A Bird came down the Walk--through interaction with other art forms. First, they listen to clips of a hymn to help them hear Dickinson's meter. Then, they view 19th-century bird images and describe what they see, just as a poet would. They observe how a poet plays with language and imagery to create a scene by acting out verse lines. Finally, they write a brief poem of their own, using what they have learned and their own observations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Cards At A Flash
Digital Tool: Flipcards
Digital Tool Description: Flipcards is a free app that is provided by Apple. This app is available for iPhones, iPods, and iPads. This tool is great to use when learning new terms or for studying purposes. Flipcards is simply an electronic way to create flashcards without the hassle of carrying the paper notecards around. Students will have the opportunity to be fully engaged in this tool because they are able to create the cards however they please. It is a great way for the students to learn in their own style. If the student is more successful with long descriptions of the word they are learning, they are allowed create the definition that works best for them. If the student is more of a visual aid learner, the student can use pictures and different graphics that catch their attention bettter. It is a versatile way for students to learn and study material quickly and easily at any time.


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Title: Native Americans, Europeans, and Students Quizzing Students
Digital Tool: gFlash+
Digital Tool Description: The tool gFlash+ allows the creation of electronic flashcards as well as the ability to access quizzes and tests from the created flashcards. These flascards can be shared among users so students will have the ability to view fellow classmates' notecards. A great way for students to learn is by aiding others, this application grants the way for this to be possible. Students can quiz one another with the flashcards they have created or the quizzes within the apllication itself. There is an old saying that states that "Practice makes perfect" and the use of gFlash+ supports this saying. Not only do students practice new content by reviewing the note cards but by creating them.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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History of the Mayflower
http://mayflowerhist...
An informational source with other links related to the Mayflower Voyage. Can be used as a complex text.

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Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholasti...
An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

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Historical Interactives Text
http://www.learner.o...
Historical and Cultural Contexts is an interactive Web site that introduces students to different types of primary source documents from periods throughout history and invites them to identify the cultural and historical origins of those documents. The documents include newspaper articles, journals, letters, and speeches. Students will also answer questions based on what they've read.

Interactives/Games


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Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholasti...
An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

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Historical Interactives Text
http://www.learner.o...
Historical and Cultural Contexts is an interactive Web site that introduces students to different types of primary source documents from periods throughout history and invites them to identify the cultural and historical origins of those documents. The documents include newspaper articles, journals, letters, and speeches. Students will also answer questions based on what they've read.

Learning Activities


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Historical Interactives Text
http://www.learner.o...
Historical and Cultural Contexts is an interactive Web site that introduces students to different types of primary source documents from periods throughout history and invites them to identify the cultural and historical origins of those documents. The documents include newspaper articles, journals, letters, and speeches. Students will also answer questions based on what they've read.

Teacher Tools


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Historical Interactives Text
http://www.learner.o...
Historical and Cultural Contexts is an interactive Web site that introduces students to different types of primary source documents from periods throughout history and invites them to identify the cultural and historical origins of those documents. The documents include newspaper articles, journals, letters, and speeches. Students will also answer questions based on what they've read.

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.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872.     
Description: Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: November is National American Indian Heritage Month.     
Description: Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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