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Lesson Plans (16) 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. Interactives/Games (2) 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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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 - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Geotourism: Friendly Destinations     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about a partnership between the government of Honduras and the National Geographic Society to highlight the concept of geotourism and its benefits. Students study the opportunities for geotourism available in Honduras then extend their understanding of those concepts by planning geotourism activities for a location they have been studying in the United States. This lesson is based on the National Geographic News article titled Honduras, National Geographic Announce Geotourism Partnership.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Relations
Title: Unions and Alliances     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students focus on the United Nations, learning about this organization's functions, purposes, and the broad geographical range of its members. Then students are then asked to apply the concepts behind the UN's mission to their own school, creating an alliance of students or school groups.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Health - Safety - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Understanding Disasters     
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students create an action plan so they and their families can be prepared if faced with a disaster. Students and their parents use Web sites from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to create their plan.
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 - General Science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: From Boomtown to Ghost Town     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss how a specific economic activity in a region can facilitate the creation of towns, which often turn into ghost towns if the economic activity ends. They create posters or booklets showing the '' '' life cycle'' '' of a mining town, from before its foundation to its status as ghost town.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: People and Endangered Species     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine some endangered species and the ways that human activities contribute to species endangerment. Students are asked to devise their own species protection plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Uplink Outpost: To the Future Class of...     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the interactive feature in Xpedition Hall called Uplink Outpost to discover ways to interpret geography in their community. Students create a plan for the future of their community based on geographic factors, and write a class email to the next generation of students.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography of Pizza     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Jimmy Chin's Adventure in Extreme Photography     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions. They explore the photography of National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jimmy Chin and discuss how adventure travel differs from regular tourism.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be a Geography Detective     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students become geography detectives, learning about geography and the relationship human beings have with the land. Students apply the six essential elements of geography as they make observations and draw conclusions about historical landscapes. They demonstrate their understanding by writing journal entries, sketching landscapes, and making mental maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Nomads: Where Boundaries Move     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore nomadic pastoralism. Focusing on Central Asia, students investigate the way humans have adapted to regions that do not sustain communities through agriculture and the influence this has both on how they live and on how they view the boundaries of their homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States     
Description: The four lessons in this unit, from EDSITEment, are designed to help students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture. They map 18th-century Europe's influence on what is now the U.S., list remnants of European influence that still remain today, and connect marks of European influence with specific explorers.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Traces: Historic Archaeology     
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students recover and analyze artifacts from sites in use from the settlement period to the second half of the 19th century. They look for similarities and differences among the artifacts and the lives they reveal. In conclusion, students look at today's eventual artifacts of the future and consider how we may be viewed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Energy Sources and Use     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, to investigate a variety of renewable energy resources, and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why Does Africa Need National Parks?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about the African landscape and consider why national parks are important. They imagine that they've been placed in charge of creating a new African national park then draw pictures and write paragraphs about this new park.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: Interdependence: How are we connected?
Digital Tool: National Geographic Global Closet Calculator
Digital Tool Description: The Global Closet Calculator is an interactive tool that allows students to see how we are connected to other countries through the use of resources. The first part of the interactive shows students how their clothes connect them globally. In the second part, the students will have to make critical decisions as they follow the journey of making a pair of blue jeans or an MP3 player.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: World War I Overview     
Description: Overview of the First World War, taken from news reel footage. Includes the declaration of war and invasion of Belgium by Germany, U Boats and naval warfare, trench warfare, United States entrance and end of war.This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the The Soldiers Experience lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: World War II Overview: North Atlantic and North Africa     
Description: This video, an overview of the Allied efforts in the North Atlantic and North Africa, was compiled from original video footage as part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the The Soldiers Experience lesson plan. It was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War , by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Visit Your Government     
Description: Find out about your local government through planning a short field trip, and then think about how you could make a difference in your community. The activity guide also includes tips for reviewing the experience once you're back at home or in the classroom. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity 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: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Family Trip Plan     
Description: In this student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, students use a print press tool to create a brochure or booklet highlighting a three-week U.S. travel itinerary.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Health - Safety - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Understanding Disasters     
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students create an action plan so they and their families can be prepared if faced with a disaster. Students and their parents use Web sites from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to create their plan.
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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Mapping Your State     
Description: Activity. Students research political, physical, and cultural features of their own state or district and add them to a large class map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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