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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Social Studies (3 - 4)
Title: Alabama, The River State
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the abundant water resources in Alabama. Concepts include: water is essential for life and water is a natural resource we must preserve and protect.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Coordinate Geometry
Description: Students will participate in several activities that will build their knowledge of coordinates graphing. Students will use ordered pairs to locate points on a grid. Students will also relate coordinate graphing to the real world through finding locations on a city map.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: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: State Jeopardy - How Much Do You Know About My State?
Description: This lesson is a distance learning collaborative project involving another school. Each school will do research on the other school's state and be able to answer questions about that state posed by the other school. Students learn not only about another state, but about their own in formulating questions to stump their opponents.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Edible Alabama and Her Agricultural Resources
Description: This is a great culminating activity after a unit study on the natural resources of the state of Alabama. Students will investigate some of Alabama's agricultural resources and create a multimedia presentation about one of them or recipe brochure featuring Alabama resources. Students will then decorate cookies that have been cut into the shape of Alabama, with various food items to represent the agricultural resources found in Alabama.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Look at Our Natural Environment
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research, analyze, and collect data on how the natural environment influenced the Native Americans long ago, and how it still influences us today. Using information gathered from the Internet, each student group will create a multimedia presentation and share it with the class.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wandering Alabama
Description: This lesson is a fun fact gathering mission! Alabama is rich in history, museums, natural and manmade attractions, and some just plain wacky attractions. Students will work in collaborative groups to create a guide to sites in Alabama with descriptions, map locations, expenses involved, and other useful information. Come on! Let's explore Alabama!


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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Social Studies (3 - 4)
Title: Plotting Points in Alabama
Description: The students will be able to use coordinates to find locations of specific cities on a map of Alabama.


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The United States at Night     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students look at a map of Russia as seen at night, showing the lights that indicate settlement patterns. They then look at United States maps to figure out what the U.S. might look like at night and they draw U.S. maps illustrating their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Design Your Own Suburb     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to think about their own perceptions of cities and suburbs and to consider the features that exist in a typical urban and suburban area. They also learn about sprawl and some of the problems associated with rapid suburban growth. They conclude by designing their own suburbs.
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After writing stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books or letters, drawing upon the information they have gathered.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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The Cotton State
Overview:
ArchiTreats: Food for Thought celebrates the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. While many think of antebellum Alabama as a state of magnolias and cotton plantations, that picture tells only part of the story. This program will show how three groups – white yeomen farmers, planter elites, and enslaved African Americans – together created the “cotton state” in Alabama. It will begin with a description of the differences between life in the yeoman sections of the state – the hill counties and the Wiregrass – and life in the plantation areas – the Black Belt and the Tennessee Valley. Each of these groups contributed to and shaped Alabama society and antebellum politics. The program will examine some of the “hot” political topics of the time – the state bank, congressional districting, taxation, state aid for railroads, and secession from the Union. Montgomery - native J. Mills Thornton is a professor of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Thornton received his bachelor’s degree with high honors from Princeton University in 1966, and his doctorate from Yale University in 1974, joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in that year. His book, Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800-1860, published in 1978, received the Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. His second book, Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma, published in 2002, received the Liberty Legacy Prize of the Organization of American Historians. During 2007-08, he served as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge in England. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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The Land of Alabama
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us for the first in the series at noon on Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk on the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the state is the result of a half- billion years of changes. It has endured continental collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant coastal plain—twice—and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It has survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been sea bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and valleys. All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs. This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and set the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats series. John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the connections of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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Lesson Plans


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Paleo-Indians in Alabama
http://www.archives....
This concise unit teaches students about the Paleo-Indians of Alabama. A culminating requirement of students is to create a first-person narrative of a Paleo-Indian. Guided note-taking sheets, narrative assignment, rubric, and informal quiz are included.

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The 5 Geographic Regions of Alabama
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This is a concise unit plan that teaches the characteristics of the five geographic regions in the State of Alabama. The culminating activity requires students to work in groups to create a brochure of their assigned region. A rubric is included.

Informational Materials


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50 States
http://www.50states....
This site contains information on the 50 states, maps, and other state resources.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Learning Activities


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Teacher Tools


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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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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