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Lesson Plans (7) 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 (1) 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, 
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history. The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions. Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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 (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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Trade and Transportation in the United States     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students imagine what it would be like to operate a plane, train, or truck along a trade route across the United States. They also look at maps of major U.S. transportation networks and explain how specific products might get from one place to another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Barbaloot Suits: Preserving Biodiversity     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how and why National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson studies plants. Students compare a situation in which farmers unknowingly destroyed a plant species with the conservation themes outlined in Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, and then summarize the Seuss work through illustration. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article titled Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico.
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 - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why It's Essential     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine the differences between seasons in their region. In addition to temperature variations and seasonal household chores, students explore subtle differences, such as changes in foods available at the market and the length of the days.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Language Arts - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can You Make Paint Out Of Berries?     
Description: Join us in Camp What-A-Wonder today for Craft-A-Palooza! A time-honored camp tradition is making crafts to take home with you. What will you make today to remember your Camp What-A-Wonder experience?
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Geology , Science - Natural History , Science - Oceanography , Science - Paleontology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Where Do Diamonds Come From?     
Description: If you were born in April, your birthstone is the diamond, which symbolizes innocence. Join us for a trek around the globe in search of this most precious of minerals that can cut glass and melt hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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: Van Valen's Gold Rush Journey     
Description: Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. This dynamic project from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History includes student questions to help guide research, rich primary sources, images of artifacts and background information. The student materials can be completed on paper or using the interactive PDF format that allows students to create beautiful publications from their research. The teacher guide includes suggested discussion questions for the introduction and conclusion classes, answers to the student questions, a sheet of Frequently Asked Questions about the gold rush journal, and a summary of what Smithsonian curators learned about the journal's author. Although intended as a project, elements of the site could also be used independently to develop historical research skills. 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



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Can You Make From a Buffalo?     
Description: The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the body parts of buffalo to the appropriate part of the buffalo's anatomy. It is interactive whiteboard and iPad friendly and is included in the website Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Language Arts - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can You Make Paint Out Of Berries?     
Description: Join us in Camp What-A-Wonder today for Craft-A-Palooza! A time-honored camp tradition is making crafts to take home with you. What will you make today to remember your Camp What-A-Wonder experience?
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Geology , Science - Natural History , Science - Oceanography , Science - Paleontology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Where Do Diamonds Come From?     
Description: If you were born in April, your birthstone is the diamond, which symbolizes innocence. Join us for a trek around the globe in search of this most precious of minerals that can cut glass and melt hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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