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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (4) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Producers and Consumers
Description: This lesson will teach the difference between producers and consumers. It provides an interactive way for students to get involved and actually become producers and consumers.


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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Would You Work Hard For?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, has students go through a simulation to learn about value, abundance, and scarcity. They are asked to consider the things that they would be willing to work very hard for.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: 'Adopt'' a Geographic News Story     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some stories from National Geographic News and then invited to discuss the reasons why it is a good idea to follow the news. The class adopts a geographic news story, designs posters to illustrate it, and researches related topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regions of a Grocery Store     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how regions are created by categorizing grocery store products into different regions of the classroom, which they pretend is a grocery store. They then discuss the concept of regions and the unique qualities of their home region, and they draw pictures of their home region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: NOVA: Pyramids     
Description: Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. It contains textual information, diagrams, and images.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Who Is On Our Money?
Overview:
Whose picture is that on our money?  It's an important (although trivial) part of our everyday lives.  Someone at sometime in our history decided these people should be on our currency.  The medium which we use to function on a day to day basis.  If they felt that way, we should at least know the names of our forebearers.  This podcast is just a fun way of identifying the faces on the most common pieces of currency, and some not so common.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Do Dogs Shop At Flea Markets?     
Description: What are flea markets? And why would anyone want to buy or sell fleas? We'll explore these questions - and more! - today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - United States Government , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Why Do You Have To Pay Taxes?     
Description: You probably won't be able to fully appreciate taxes until you earn your first paycheck and experience taxes firsthand. In the meantime, though, you can enjoy the benefits that we all reap from our government's use of tax money. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we take a look at how the government taketh away and giveth back!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?     
Description: Chances are there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?     
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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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,Science
Title: Wessels Living History Farm     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site provides a virtual visit to the Wessels Living History Farm, located in York, Nebraska. Users can find multimedia resources on farming in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Multidisciplinary learning activities are also featured on the site.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Hattie Carnegie Two-Piece Dress     
Description: ' Hattie Carnegie Original'' designer's label is sewn on an inside skirt seam. Hattie Carnegie, one of a few female entrepreneurs in the early to mid-20th century became a symbol of taste and high fashion to many Americans. 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: United Farmworkers Poster     
Description: Cesar Estrada Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is one of the most recognized Latino civil rights leaders in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Do Dogs Shop At Flea Markets?     
Description: What are flea markets? And why would anyone want to buy or sell fleas? We'll explore these questions - and more! - today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - United States Government , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Why Do You Have To Pay Taxes?     
Description: You probably won't be able to fully appreciate taxes until you earn your first paycheck and experience taxes firsthand. In the meantime, though, you can enjoy the benefits that we all reap from our government's use of tax money. Join us in Wonderopolis today as we take a look at how the government taketh away and giveth back!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?     
Description: Chances are there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?     
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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