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Lesson Plans (24) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (6) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) 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: Physical Education (K - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Treasure Hunt
Description: Get hands-on with students in building a map with a class.  Take students outside to a sandbox and work with them to build a map of campus.  Once the map is drawn you can turn their design into a treasure hunt to assess map interpretation.


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Subject: Physical Education (2 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Capture the Flag
Description: Try this twist on a schoolyard favorite.  Teams are given incomplete maps and need to read the map in order to find the pieces of the map covering enemy territory.  Only then can they seek out their opponents flag to win.


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Subject: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Continent Jump
Description: Students will learn about animals that live on all seven continents. Students and teachers will use websites to learn additional information about the animals from various continents.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Summer Vacation
Description: This lesson will be used after a study of Alabama. It will incorporate the theme of vacationing into information learned about state parks in Alabama. Students will make a book about favorite state parks in Alabama and favorite things to do in them.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Primary Technology Maps
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based lesson combines maps skills which include identifying map elements, applying an understanding of cardinal directions, interpreting resource maps, and identifying a location. Students will have the opportunity to work with a group to research a specific continent and create a multimedia slide about the continent.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Come with Me to the Islands
Description: Students will explore several islands by watching a multimedia presentation prepared by the teacher on islands and how they were formed. Students will then use globes and maps to find various islands using cardinal directions given by the teacher. Students will work to make models of islands and draw and write about islands using software.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: My Pet     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students develop and use spatial relationships and spatial memory by creating a map of a pet. The students use visual and spatial skills, measure with nonstandard units, and describe '' trips'' around their pet using directional and positional words.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History
Title: Explore Your State with Maps     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students create maps of their state using information from National Geographic's MapMachine. They then make their own maps from memory after studying the original maps they created. The lesson concludes with a discussion of the benefits of understanding your state map and remembering certain key features of the state's geography.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Handy Map     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, engages students in creating a map of their hands. It provides purpose for using directional or positional words with mapping. The teacher draws an outline of his or her hands and begins mapping them using words the students suggest. This allows the teacher to assess positional concepts students currently know and to build on that knowledge. Students then create a simple map.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Maps to See Regions     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students travel around the world on a visual scavenger hunt. They select a handful of important natural and cultural characteristics of places. They then search through magazines such as National Geographic for photographs that illustrate the range of those characteristics. They also chart the locations they find on a map of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather--in Africa?!     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students describe and compare how weather affects human activity in two places on opposite sides of the world. Students first identify the seasons and weather in their community and how human activities are affected by weather. They then cross the globe and compare how the weather of northern Africa impacts human activities there. Students look for a connection between the two environments and conclude that although the weather and activities may be very different in each place, the impact of weather on human activities is a common thread in human communities all over the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Getting Lost     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students practice their knowledge of the cardinal directions by having them describe the directions in their classroom. They practice figuring out the relative directions of other places (such as another classroom or the office) in relation to their classroom. They conclude by taping signs with place names around the room to show the directions they would travel to get to those places.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Marco Polo Takes a Trip     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the travels of Venetian adventurer Marco Polo. They consult maps to locate Venice and follow the routes Marco Polo took to Beijing and back. They learn about the challenges of traveling along the Silk Road, discover some interesting facts about China under Mongol rule, and find out how Marco Polo came to produce his famous book. Finally, they work in groups to create a large mural/timeline of the life and adventures of this famous traveler.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: The Land of the Inca     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the ancient Inca people and the land on which they lived. They learn basic facts about the Inca and use a map to show where they lived. Students also look at pictures of the Andes mountains and Inca ruins and discuss the geography of the area. Finally, they talk about how the Inca lived and compare the Inca way of life to their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography Skills and Your Town     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students relate the five themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions) to their own home town. Students first gather information about their town and then create books, Web sites, or multimedia presentations showcasing their town's unique features.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Greeting Friends from Other Places     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to map reading by examining the Afghanistan, Land in Crisis map (available in print or online). Students practice different types of greetings and learn how children in Afghanistan might greet one another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Middle East Region: Flags and Facts     
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn basic facts about the Middle East by exploring maps of the region. They use National Geographic's Hot Spot: Iraq Web site to practice basic geography skills by reading maps and drawing their own. Finally, they learn basic information about the countries on their maps, comparing the geography of the Middle East with that of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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,Social Studies
Title: Mapping Our Worlds     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the world of maps and learn how to view the world around them in a two-dimensional format. They begin by depicting the familiar terrain of their favorite rooms. In order to understand the concept of boundaries, they then create maps of areas within their classroom. To reinforce the relationship of small to large and the concept of one area nesting within another, students then compare a series of online geographical maps, beginning with a map of their home state and ending with a map of the world. Finally, students may extend what they have learned by creating maps of other parts of their immediate environments, such as routes that they regularly travel.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Mission Geography: Continents      
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of the physical geography of each continent of the world. Students start by identifying each of the continents and reassembling continental maps. Then they listen to stories set in each of the seven continents to identify geographic characteristics of each place. Finally, students examine photographs from each continent and write stories that include descriptions of certain geographic characteristics of the continent.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Arctic Terns from North to South     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students map the arctic tern's migration route and consider why it migrates so far. They conclude by writing paragraphs describing the arctic tern's migration route and explaining how they think it knows when it's time to migrate.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Over the River and Through the Woods: Traveling by Memory     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces the concept of mental maps and their development. Students transfer geographic images to a sketch map, which provides visual reinforcement and a means of discussion and assessment.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: To Build an Island     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson gives students a basic overview of the geography of islands. They learn where islands are located throughout the world and study two very different island groups (the Philippines and the British Isles) to illustrate the diversity of the world's islands. Students explore the islands flora and fauna, languages, climates, and cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Psychology
Title: Mapping What Matters     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the idea that everyone has mental maps they use to store and recover information. Students come to realize that certain places on these maps are more important to us than others. Students investigate these ideas by exploring the differences among students in terms of the value they place on different sites within their communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Podcasts


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Using Maps and Globes
Overview:
The podcast explains the differences in maps and globes.  It illustrates how maps and globes are used to find different locations all over the world.  It explains how a map scale is used to calculate the real distance between two areas located on a map.  It describes how the equator and prime meridian divide the earth’s hemispheres. It defines the use of a compass rose. It includes a map of the United States and the state of Alabama, demonstrating the difference between large and small map scales.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 5: La Befana
Overview:
This podcast retells the legend of La Befana, a famous gift-giver from Italy. We "flew" to Italy via Google Earth and learned about the country of Italy as well.  After studying about La Befana, children illustrated pictures to retell her story. We also made mini English muffin pizzas to celebrate Italy and their gift giver, La Befana!


Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Globe for iPad
https://itunes.apple...
This is an ipad/ipod app that allows students to manipulate a 3-D globe to learn about countries.

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USA map with rivers, lakes, mountains to label
http://www.yourchild...
Displays US map with various features that students can manipulate & print. Teacher can add on oceans to complete the standard.

Learning Activities


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Slide Show About Maps
http://www.watchknow...
This is a great slide show for students to learn about maps and the different kinds of maps (political, relief). The words are large and can easily be seen if using a projector in a classroom. (Only pictures, no narration or music).

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Globe for iPad
https://itunes.apple...
This is an ipad/ipod app that allows students to manipulate a 3-D globe to learn about countries.

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USA map with rivers, lakes, mountains to label
http://www.yourchild...
Displays US map with various features that students can manipulate & print. Teacher can add on oceans to complete the standard.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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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



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: ADAPT Lap Blanket     
Description: This commercially marketed lap blanket was altered by hand to include the universal access symbol made up of stitched stars. It was sewn by disability-rights advocates affiliated with ADAPT, which stands for the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today. ADAPT was founded in 1983 in Denver. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Towne of Boston'' Flintlock Musket     
Description: This gun was assembled in the Massachusetts colony before the French and Indian War to arm the militia of the city of Boston. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Neighborhood Navigator     
Description: Use or create maps to explore your local area, along with discussion tips for kids and families. Part of an OurStory module entitled Full Steam to Freedom, this activity includes strategies for using online maps or making your own map of a trip and tips for making the most of those experiences through discussion and cooperative discovery. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: science, social studies
Title: Glacial Features - Satellite Images     
Description: Satellite Image Gallery. A gallery of satellite images showing glacial features around the globe.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: science, social studies
Title: Americas MapMaker Kit     
Description: MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of North and South America in a variety of sizes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Globe Projector     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive uses maps and other geographic tools to explore information from a spatial point of view. Click on the left circle in Room I to view this interactive, which shows how different map projections distort or emphasize geographic features and how maps can illustrate many kinds of information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Create a Pasta Population Map     
Description: Activity. Students use crafts to create a population map of their school.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Exploring the Characteristics of Places     
Description: Activity. Students use facts to create a poster about the natural and cultural characteristics of a place in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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