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Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (7) 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.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K)
Title: Team Up to Clean Up
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), ways and items to recycle will be explored.  Students will also decorate a recycle team badge.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.  *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston. 


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Water You Doing to Help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation of water resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Envision, Enhance, Enjoy
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Alabama's state parks and ways to sustain them will be explored. Students will also make a bird feeder from a recycled plastic bottle.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Take Pride in America--Auntie Litter Needs You! 
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org)in celebration of Earth Day, the meaning of Earth Day will be explored. Students will also learn the words to a song honoring our planet.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Earth:  We're In It Together!
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to protect the Earth will be explored. Students will also create a mural of ways to protect our planet.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Conserve It To Preserve It
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to sustain energy will be explored. Students will also create a web diagram of ways to conserve energy.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Lana Holmes.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Everyone Needs to be Counted!
Description: Through a mixture of lecture and hands-on interaction, students will gain knowledge of the history of the Census Bureau, the Census in the United States and the significance of the Census in modern society. The students will view a sample of the Census questions on the interactive board and answer the questions using the Student Response Systems (student clicker). The students will then create their Census questions based on their understanding of the Census.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bird Migration
Description: This lesson teaches bird migration by using the award winning Caldecott Medal honor book: Make Way for Ducklings. It accesses a website to give a history of the book and the plot. It promotes student interaction through discussion, internet information and activities to include computer games, videos, and color sheets.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Safe or Not Safe
Description: During this lesson, kindergarten students learn many safety rules by navigating different Internet sites. Students also view a presentation to help them learn safety rules around school.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather Today?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Whooping Cranes and Their Human Friends     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson shows students how people are helping endangered whooping cranes by teaching cranes raised in captivity how to live in the wild and how to migrate. Students view videos or photographs of whooping cranes being raised by mechanical crane-like puppets and being led in their first migration journeys by piloted ultralight aircraft disguised as birds. They conclude by creating timelines showing the process by which whooping cranes are raised in captivity and taught migration routes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Making Good Decisions     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students practice balancing different interests involved in solving social problems. They look for the most realistic solution based on the advantages and disadvantages and consider the concept of compromise.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: French and Family     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about French families and gain a preliminary knowledge of the French language, learning the French names for various family members. After completing the lessons, students are able to locate France on a map of the world and describe similarities and differences between French and American family life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Do You Like a Crowd?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider what it's like to be in heavily and sparsely populated places. They experience population density firsthand in a class simulation and then map their town or school to show the most and least populous areas.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can We Keep the Lake Clean?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Taking Care of Our Oceans     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider why so many people live near the coast and learn about the impacts of this trend on ocean animals. They make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors about human impacts on marine life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Understanding the President's Job     
Description: This unit of two lessons, from EDSITEment, encourages students to consider the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. In this unit, they review the structure of the U.S. government, discuss the different tasks undertaken by the president, and participate in an interactive online activity simulating a typical day on the job for the president. Offline alternatives are given for those who do not have access to an Internet connection in their classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: You Can Climb Any Mountain     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students think about the skills and qualities required to be a good mountain climber and learn about blind climber Erik Weihenmayer and his experiences climbing the highest peak on every continent, especially Mount Everest. Finally, students consider how studying mountain climbing has taught them about what it takes to be good at their own favorite activities
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tell a Migration Story...with Photos     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students take pictures that tell the story of their community's cultural heritage and the story of human migration that is unique to their area. They consider how they can tell a story with a sequence of photographs, and then put their thoughts into action by creating photo essays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What's the Right Way To Button Up?     
Description: We're hoping today's Wonder of the Day really pushes your buttons!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Games (educational) , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Makes Art Priceless?     
Description: Do you love to create your own unique works of art? They could be priceless. Read on to learn more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Community Helper (FireFighters)
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This activity allows students to read and listen to informational text on firefighters. The students also take a quick quiz to assess learning.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage     
Description: Students Sit for Civil Rights is an OurStory module that includes activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role during the civil rights movement. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mister Rogers's Sweater     
Description: This red knit cardigan was worn by Fred Rogers, creator and host of the children's program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (PBS, 1968-2001). For more than thirty years, Rogers began each episode by changing into a sweater and tennis shoes and singing, "Won't you be my neighbor?" An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rogers dedicated his television career to promoting children's emotional and moral well-being. His show, with its friendly conversational style and trips to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, encouraged young viewers to feel loved, respected, and special.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids     
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: You Can, Too     
Description: Community service is an important part of being a good citizen. In this activity, students will discuss an episode from "Freedom on the Menu'' , a work of children's literature about an important episode during the Civil Rights Movement; identify a problem in their local community and then volunteer to help with a service project. Part of an "OurStory'' module entitled "Students Sit for Civil Rights'' , this activity will help students use problem-solving skills to take action to fill a need in their communities or take steps to solve a community problem. "OurStory'' is a program from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Health,Social Studies
Title: What Can I Do? E-sheet     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, provides students with an activity in which they read a story about feelings and problem solving with friends.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Define Your Personal Territory     
Description: Activity. Students explore how they, their pets, and their families define personal space or territory.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Defend Your Personal Territory     
Description: Activity. Students explore how they would react if their personal territory were threatened. Then they discuss ways to resolve conflict.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What's the Right Way To Button Up?     
Description: We're hoping today's Wonder of the Day really pushes your buttons!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Games (educational) , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Makes Art Priceless?     
Description: Do you love to create your own unique works of art? They could be priceless. Read on to learn more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Crowded Places     
Description: Activity. Students describe crowded and uncrowded places, brainstorm possible reasons for crowding, and brainstorm good and bad things about living in a crowded place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Characteristics of Place     
Description: Activity. Students learn about and brainstorm natural and cultural characteristics of places. Then students identify those characteristics in their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tell a Migration Story...with Photos     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students take pictures that tell the story of their community's cultural heritage and the story of human migration that is unique to their area. They consider how they can tell a story with a sequence of photographs, and then put their thoughts into action by creating photo essays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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