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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We Speak for Earth!
Description: After completing a four-day unit on environmental awareness as it relates to the events that occur in Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, students will create a short Public Service Announcement about deforestation, air pollution, and water pollution. The PSA will provide facts about these three concepts, display images of each, and propose a solution of some sort. 


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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 4)
Title: Where Does Our Waste Go?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored.  The Pollution Patrol follows the steps involved in trash disposal, starting with a girl tearing a sheet of paper out of her notebook and ending with the paper landing in a dump.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: Health (4), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Every American Recycling Together Helps
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored. Auntie Litter and her Pollution Patrol discover the difference between organic and inorganic waste.  They learn to Reuse, Reduce Waste, and Recycle to protect our land from litter.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Envision, Enhance, Enjoy
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Alabama's state parks will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
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 natural resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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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: Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: Life is a Breath of Fresh Air
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), air pollution and harmful emissions, such as smog, will be explored. Students will also create a leaf rubbing.  This is one lesson 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), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: Recycle to Renew
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), recycling and uses of recycled materials will be explored. Students will also create a recycling collage.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Lana Holmes.


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Subject: Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: A Breath of Fresh AIR
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), air pollution will be explored.  Auntie Litter and the Pollution Patrol learn how smog forms and find out how to keep the air clean and free of air pollutants.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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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: 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: Science (K - 2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Coral Reefs
Description: This lesson defines what a coral reef is and how it affects society. It addresses the fact that oceans take up three-fourths of the earth's surface. This lesson also addresses how coral reefs help people and how people can help protect coral reefs.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: 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: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Readers' Theatre for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Description: This readers' theatre of Verna Aardema's Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain crosses the curriculum to incorporate language arts, social studies, and science objectives. Students will become familiar with the text of the story and then present the story as a play with parts.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fifty States Project
Description: Students will follow simple research steps in the school media center and on the Internet to complete a poster on an assigned state by identifying the state's symbols and agricultural products.


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 - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Protecting Africa's Wildlife     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider how people affect the natural environment in their home area and in Africa. They learn about two African habitats (the savanna and the rain forest) and some of the animals that live there. They focus particularly on how cheetahs and chimpanzees make use of their habitats. They conclude by creating posters to encourage people to protect the savanna and the rain forest, as well as the animals in the area where they live.
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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Science - Physics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Echoes: What Animals Can Teach Scientists     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn how scientists like Robert Ballard use sonar to investigate the depths of the ocean. They study the echolocation capabilities of bats and think about how ocean scientists can learn from these animals to develop deep-sea exploration techniques.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Should a House Do?     
Description: This set of nine lessons, from EDSITEment, compares and contrasts the homes built by the first American settlers with those of the Native American peoples. Students look closely at the design, construction, and materials of at least one Native American house and one house built by European settlers. Students also think about their own homes--and even their dream homes--to begin to understand why houses are designed the way they are, and to appreciate what is essential and what is desirable in any house.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Timeline of Change, a Model for Change     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationships between people and places. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between present interactions with a place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: Human Migration: The Story of a Community     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand some key concepts of human migration through the examination of maps and migration patterns. Students research and document the impact of migration on a region's cultural landscape. They examine migration patterns on a global and national scale as a class and then apply that understanding to a class project telling a migration story about their own community. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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: 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,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio     
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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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: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Sodbusters!     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a '' soddie'' to gain a firsthand perspective on the frontier period of American history. After completing the activities in this lesson, students will be able to identify where and when American settlers lived and describe how settlers used available materials to build sod houses. They will also be able to explain how sod houses helped settlers adapt to the environment of the plains and compare living in a sod house with life in a typical home today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Down at the Shore     
Description: Field trips are great ways to learn about life on the water. In this activity, students will find and explore a local maritime area-a river, seashore, or another place related to the water, and share the experience with others. The activity guide includes printable tip sheets tailored to help you explore different kinds of water-related areas. Included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Life on the Water, this activity is intended to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Urban Studies
Title: City or Country Life?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the advantages and challenges of life in urban and rural areas. The focus is on cities and villages in Eastern Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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Life is a Breath of Fresh Air:  Protect
Overview:
In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", this Public Service Announcement teaches ways we can all keep our air clean and healthy!  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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The Auntie Litter Song
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a song explaining the importance of not polluting our planet.  Words to the song are included on the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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A Breath of Fresh AIR
Overview:
Distressed by the dark smog in the sky, Auntie Litter and the Pollution Patrol find Mr. Grody burning his garbage and polluting the air with smoke blowing from his worn out old car.  In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Patrollers' help Mr. Grody realize he is making himself sick and affecting the environment by releasing gases into the air which combine to form ground level ozone.  Auntie Litter shows how smog forms from ground level ozone, other harmful gases and particulate matter.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Religion - Buddhism , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Many Languages Are Spoken At the U.N.?     
Description: October 24 is United Nations Day. Today in Wonderopolis, we're taking a closer look at this international peacekeeping organization.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Environmental Health , Health - Research , Science - Medicine , Science - Engineering , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Can You Unwrap a Mummy?     
Description: Happy King Tut Day! Walk (like an Egyptian) with us as we unwrap the mystery that is the mummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Natural History , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is an Iceberg?     
Description: If you're sailing your shopping cart down the produce aisle, you may want to keep a lookout for rogue icebergs, but "lettuce" assure you that a collision surely won't sink you. On the other hand, the icebergs that are the subject of today's Wonder of the Day can - and did - sink the ship the world thought was "unsinkable."
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio     
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Life on the Water     
Description: For hundreds of years, seacoasts, rivers, lakes, and canals have had a big impact on the ways America has changed as a country. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring lighthouses and the maritime history of the United States together through children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Keep the Lighthouse Burning, Abbie, a work of children's literature about a teenage girl who becomes a hero by running her father's lighthouse during a storm, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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: Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage     
Description: In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, a teacher's guide and student worksheets, and a bibliography of related books and online resources appropriate for all ages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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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



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Stubby     
Description: While training for combat on the fields of Yale University in 1917, Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindle puppy with a short tail. He named him Stubby, and soon the dog became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division.
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: Get a "Sense" of It     
Description: What would life have been like in a sod house? This group of activities will allow students to use their senses to see, smell, and feel what it would have been like to live on the prairie long ago. Included in an OurStory module, this activity is 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. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio     
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: All the President's Children     
Description: In this activity, students will match clues with images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives as they lived in the presidential mansion. As part of the online exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, this activity will help students understand more about the Presidency and life in the White House.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Locator Booth     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive explores physical and human characteristics of places. Click on the top circle in Room II to view this interactive, in which students view an image of a '' '' mystery spot,'' '' and then use clues and data to locate the spot on a map of South America.
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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Big Island Pool     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how the forces of water, wind, and geology mold and give shape to the Earth. Click the top circle in Room III to view this interactive.
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Life in a Sod House: Darkroom Detectives     
Description: What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. "OurStory'' is a series of modules 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. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Introduction to Population     
Description: Activity. Students learn what population means, discuss crowding and why some areas are more crowded than others, and compare and contrast living in crowded and uncrowded places.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Introduction to Place     
Description: Activity. Students learn what defines a place and identify what defines their town as a place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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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: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Religion - Buddhism , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Many Languages Are Spoken At the U.N.?     
Description: October 24 is United Nations Day. Today in Wonderopolis, we're taking a closer look at this international peacekeeping organization.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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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: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Environmental Health , Health - Research , Science - Medicine , Science - Engineering , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Can You Unwrap a Mummy?     
Description: Happy King Tut Day! Walk (like an Egyptian) with us as we unwrap the mystery that is the mummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Natural History , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is an Iceberg?     
Description: If you're sailing your shopping cart down the produce aisle, you may want to keep a lookout for rogue icebergs, but "lettuce" assure you that a collision surely won't sink you. On the other hand, the icebergs that are the subject of today's Wonder of the Day can - and did - sink the ship the world thought was "unsinkable."
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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