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Lesson Plans (14) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (7) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) 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 (2) 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).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Narratives & Grammar:  There's More to the Story
Description: For this lesson, a mystery, a type of narrative realistic fiction, will be composed.  Since strong adjectives and adverbs will support a mystery, they will incorporated into the writing.  What should a good narrative contain? This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology     
Description: Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading and Writing Workshop: Freak the Mighty      
Description: Students use a variety of reading and writing strategies as they read Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories     
Description: Students identify genre characteristics for short stories and newspaper articles then practice both genres by turning a short story into a news article and an article into a short story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives     
Description: Students must '' become'' a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers     
Description: Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map     
Description: Students practice with words and develop both definitional and contextual knowledge through two agents purposeful sequencing of steps and collaboration with peers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary     
Description: Do your students detest having to define vocabulary words? Don't confine them to worksheets turn the study of affixes and roots into a hands-on contest to create context-rich vocabulary puzzles.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Doodle Splash: Using Graphics to Discuss Literature     
Description: Students keep a doodle journal while reading short stories by a common author. In small groups, students then combine their doodles into a graphic representation of the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action     
Description: Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction     
Description: In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ABC Bookmaking Builds Vocabulary in the Content Areas     
Description: V is for vocabulary. A content area unit provides the theme for a specialized ABC book, as students select, research, define, and illustrate a word for each alphabet letter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Modeling Reading and Analysis Processes with the Works of Edgar Allan Poe     
Description: Explore reading strategies using Edgar Allan Poes The Raven and other works. Students read Poesworks in both large- and small-group readings then conclude with a variety of projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project     
Description: Students explore a variety of resources as they learn about the Holocaust. Working collaboratively, they investigate the materials, prepare oral responses, and produce a topic-based newspaper to complete their research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Hydra
Overview:
The Hydra was a dangerous mythical beast with many heads.  This podcast tells the story of Hercules' challenge to kill the Hydra as one of his twelve tasks.


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Minor gods and goddesses
Overview:
This is one podcast of a series.  The purpose of this podcast was to inform students about minor gods and goddesses.  Iris is a messenger for Hera.  She is often depicted as having a staff and winged shoes. Eris is given credit for starting the Trojan War with major goddesses taking sides against each other.  The stories of Persephone, Circe, and The Fates are also mentioned.  Persephone's struggle to return to her mother Demeter explains the changing of the seasons.


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Artemis
Overview:
Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo, are the children of Leto and Zeus.  She is goddess of the hunt.  She is the patron goddess of young girls up until they are to be married.  She has sworn never to marry, thus her break with young ladies at this time. Artemis is able to take on many different appearances, but the most common is that of a teenage girl leading her band of warriors who are eternally youthful. 


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Greek & Roman Government
Overview:
Many of our words in government as well as the style stem from ancient Greece & Rome.  Roman government modeled its style after the Greek democracy.  This podcast is an overview of Greek, Roman, and United State government.  Similarities are drawn between the progress made in ancient governments (who can vote) as well as that of the United States. History repeats itself with only wealthy males ruling in government in ancient times as well as beginning government in our own country.


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Artemis & Apollo
Overview:
This podcast outlines the origin of Artemis and Apollo.  Artemis is seen as a goddess of the hunt.  She is very bright and clever in her dealings with giants that attempt to overthrow those in Mount Olympus.  Apollo has other gifts.  He is given the task of making the sun rise each morning by riding his chariot through the sky.  Information about Hera, Zeus, and Leto is also included.


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Greek & Roman Toys & Games
Overview:
Greek & Roman toys for children are compared.  What is the purpose of the toys?  How do these toys compare with simple games that we play today?  Knucklebones seems to be the precursor to our current game of "Jacks".   Some of the games are for role playing to prepare them for the future position in society.


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Greek Constellations
Overview:
The origins of constellations are named after mythological characters.  This podcast explains the origins of Pegasus and Cassiopeia.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Visual Dictionary
http://www.visuwords...
It's a dictionary! It's a thesaurus! Visual Dictionary with interesting word associations. No membership required.

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WordSift
http://wordsift.com/...
WordSift helps anyone easily sift through texts -- just cut and paste any text into WordSift and you can engage in a verbal quick-capture! The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. This function is widely available in various Tag Cloud programs on the web, but we have added the ability to mark and sort different lists of words important to educators. We have also integrated it with a few other functions, such as visualization of word thesaurus relationships (incorporating the amazing Visual Thesaurus® that we highly recommend in its own right) and Google® searches of images and videos. With just a click on any word in the Tag Cloud, the program displays instances of sentences in which that word is used in the text.

Interactives/Games


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vocabulary & annotation
http://www.wallwishe...
This is a great web site to check student's knowledge. You build your wall and they respond. The teacher can edit, approve, or deny the student's response on a white board. Student's use computers or a smart phone.

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Rewordify to Simplify Complex Passages
http://rewordify.com...
Rewordify takes a complex passage and rephrases it in simpler terms. You can adjust the settings to simply highlight words or keep replaced words in parentheses.

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Lingro
http://lingro.com/...
This website can be used to make the words of a website "clickable" for student ease in learning and increasing fluency. It will remember the words encountered and keep lists for student review. It will also translate English terms into 11 languages.

Learning Activities


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Lingro
http://lingro.com/...
This website can be used to make the words of a website "clickable" for student ease in learning and increasing fluency. It will remember the words encountered and keep lists for student review. It will also translate English terms into 11 languages.

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
WordSift
http://wordsift.com/...
WordSift helps anyone easily sift through texts -- just cut and paste any text into WordSift and you can engage in a verbal quick-capture! The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. This function is widely available in various Tag Cloud programs on the web, but we have added the ability to mark and sort different lists of words important to educators. We have also integrated it with a few other functions, such as visualization of word thesaurus relationships (incorporating the amazing Visual Thesaurus® that we highly recommend in its own right) and Google® searches of images and videos. With just a click on any word in the Tag Cloud, the program displays instances of sentences in which that word is used in the text.

Teacher Tools


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Rewordify to Simplify Complex Passages
http://rewordify.com...
Rewordify takes a complex passage and rephrases it in simpler terms. You can adjust the settings to simply highlight words or keep replaced words in parentheses.

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
WordSift
http://wordsift.com/...
WordSift helps anyone easily sift through texts -- just cut and paste any text into WordSift and you can engage in a verbal quick-capture! The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. This function is widely available in various Tag Cloud programs on the web, but we have added the ability to mark and sort different lists of words important to educators. We have also integrated it with a few other functions, such as visualization of word thesaurus relationships (incorporating the amazing Visual Thesaurus® that we highly recommend in its own right) and Google® searches of images and videos. With just a click on any word in the Tag Cloud, the program displays instances of sentences in which that word is used in the text.

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