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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: Living Museum
Description: The students will research famous Alabamians, write an informative paragraph about their historical figure, and prepare a presentation for a school-wide living museum. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Montgomery Field Trip Tour Book
Description: During this lesson, students explore the functions of our government through the Internet, slideshow presentations, and by visiting Alabama's capital city of Montgomery. Students will use their field trip as a guide to create a tour book of the government in Montgomery.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Tour of Birmingham: WebQuest
Description: This inquiry-based project will provide opportunities for students to learn about the history of Birmingham. Students will discover the variety tourist attractions in Birmingham, Alabama.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Helen Who?
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the contributions of Helen Keller. The students will learn about Helen Keller through research on the Internet, a book, and a role-playing exercise.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Communicating in a Technological World
Description: Through utilizing the Internet to discover technological advances in the 20th century and interviewing relatives and friends who experienced these changes in communication, students will discover firsthand how technology has changed communication.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama the Beautiful
Description: This hands–on unit combines social studies, map skills, writing, and technology. Researching famous Alabamians and exploring the state's landmarks help students develop an appreciation for their state.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous Alabamians: Helping Me Learn How I, Too, Can Make a Difference!
Description: In this unit, students will work to create their choice of a presentation on an Alabama citizen who has made a difference in the state, as well as the nation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Biographies of the 20th Century
Description: In this lesson, students will recognize and examine the lives of Alabamians who have impacted the lives of others and the history of the state with their notable contributions during the first half and last half of the twentieth century. This interdisciplinary lesson relates social studies, language arts and reading. Through this inquiry study, students will choose one of the famous Alabamians, research the person's contributions, write a short biographical summary, and as an extension, create a 3-D scan picture relating to the life and times of the individual.


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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look     
Description: Students take a hands-on approach to examining the life of Harriet Tubman through a comparison of informative resources and impressionistic art.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Makes a Hero?     
Description: In this unit of eight lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore heroes and the traits that make them heroic. Students begin by thinking about their own heroes and list the character traits their heroes possess. Students then explore kid heroes, adults heroes, local heroes, and heroes from history, before completing one of several suggested culminating activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Where I Come From     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find out what's happening in their ancestral homelands today and explore their sense of connection to these places in their past.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: That's Who I Am
Digital Tool: Babblizer app
Digital Tool Description: A fun app that allows you to select a picture and make it seem to speak! It is FREE!


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Title: Let's Make a Printing Press!!!
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: The printing press helps students make a newspapers, brochures, flyers, and booklets. Students can choose from several templates to make your creation.


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Title: Who's who in Alabama history?
Digital Tool: BioCube graphic organizer
Digital Tool Description: The BioCube graphic organizer contains questions that can be used to guide students as they research information about influential Alabamians.


ALEX Podcasts


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Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
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This podcast is a brief overview of the life of Harper Lee. Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that was published in 1960.


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W.C. Handy  Father of the Blues
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This is a podcast created by a student for her assignment on researching a Famous Black Alabamian during the month of February. She chose to research and report on W.C. Handy. She used her research findings and compiled the important information about Handy into a podcast. Her goal was to educate others about this famous Black Alabamian and his achievements.


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Like It Ain't Never Passed
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This video takes you through the history of Sloss Furnace from its opening as an iron furnace to its reopening as a museum. Sloss made Birmingham, AL the thriving city it is today. Pictures tell the story of how Birmingham went from a small country town to a bustling city that grew up around the furnaces. It's astonishing growth and prosperity earned it the nicknames "The Pittsburg of the South" and "The Magic City." Sloss made Birmingham the world's largest producer of cast iron pipe, the nation's 3rd largest producer of pig iron, and the foremost industrial city of the South. Though Sloss closed its doors in 1971 its history lives on today through the museum that was opened 101 years after Sloss began making iron.


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Old St. Stephens:  Where Alabama Began
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought begins another year of informative talks on Alabama history at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Join us as George Shorter presents Old St. Stephens: Where Alabama Began. Located on the Tombigbee River in southwest Alabama, Old St. Stephens is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the state. During a brief three decades, from the 1790s to its decline in the 1820s, St. Stephens was the site of a Spanish fort, an American fort and trading post, and the Alabama Territorial capital, as well as the place w here the legislature met when Alabama became a state. The Alabama Department of Tourism has designated 2010 as the Year of Alabama Small Towns and Downtowns. This program will explore the history of one of Alabama’s earliest towns ‐ Old St. Stephens, Where Alabama Began. George Shorter received Landscape Architecture and Anthropology degrees from LSU. Since 1995 he has worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Archaeological Studies at the University of South Alabama. His research focuses on colonial occupations and early settlement during the 18th and early 19th centuries, and includes projects at Old Mobile (1702‐1711), Port Dauphin Village (1702‐1720s), the French stockade on Dauphin Island (1702‐1718), and various other French colonial sites in the Mobile area. He also recently completed two years of research at Fort Morgan. For the past twelve years he has dire cted archaeological projects at Old St. Stephens. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. 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) 353‐4726.


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The Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
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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. Join us as Odessa Woolfolk presents The Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. This presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Alabama, the ‘Cradle of the Confederacy,’ was the setting for many of the most nationally significant battles of the Civil Rights Movement. The events of that era were initiated by ordinary people with uncommon courage. This presentation will highlight the mass activism which occurred in local communities around the state, and the importance of leaders and footsoldiers. Odessa Woolfolk grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She received a BA in history from Talladega College and a MA in Urban Studies from Occidental College in California and she was a National Urban Fellow at Yale University. Her professional career includes high school and college teaching, as well as public administration in New York and Washington, D.C. She served in various capacities at the University of Alabama for over 20 years. She is the Founding President and Chairman Emeritus of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 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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The New South: A Social & Economic View
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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. Join us as Marlene Rikard presents The New South: A Social and Economic View. This presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Post-Reconstruction Alabama experienced major social and economic changes in the era known as the “New South,” a term coined by Henry Grady of the Atlanta Constitution. Emancipation of the slaves and falling cotton prices brought changes in agriculture for plantation owners, African Americans, and poor whites. Although farming remained the occupation of most Alabamians, industrialization became the mantra of new leaders who promised recovery and prosperity though the development of the state’s natural resources in mining and manufacturing. But prosperity proved elusive and change brought conflict in the form of strikes, segregation and Jim Crow laws, political turmoil, and battles over temperance, woman’s suffrage, regulation of public utilities, and convict leasing. The era changed Alabama forever. Dr. Marlene Hunt Rikard recently retired as Professor of History at Samford University. Following graduation from Auburn University, she began her work life as a graphic designer before returning to school for graduate work in history and teaching for thirty-five years. She was also Director of Samford’s London Programs for over a decade. She has served as president of the Southern Association of Women Historians, the Alabama Association of Historians, and the Alabama Historical Association. 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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Cast in Iron
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Sloss Furnaces carries a rich legacy that began in the post-Civil War South and continues through to today. It was founded in 1882 by James Withers Sloss who paid only $180,000 to have it built. Sloss Furnaces became a symbol of pride and progress in the South. It was the first to export iron overseas and helped make Birmingham, AL a thriving city. Listen as historians take you through Sloss's legacy and ironworkers recount what it was like to work inside its walls.  


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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
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Each year, fourth grade students at Lakewood Elementary School research people who have made a significant contribution to society. We dress up like those people and share what we learn about them in our wax museum exhibit. Other students, teachers, and parents come see what we've learned. As each guest approaches us, we share the biography of our famous person - just like you'd see in the real wax museums. It's a lot of work to prepare...and a lot of fun to share. We're glad we can share our wax museum exhibit with you.


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?     
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Discrimination
http://www.pbs.org/n...
This activity teaches the definition of discrimination in a way that is relatable for small children. Students will then talk about Civil Rights and how African Americans were discriminated. Teacher will check for understanding with a game from the lesson plan fair and unfair.

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Martin Luther King, Jr: Animated Video Biography
http://www.brainpop....
This animated BrainPOP video provides a clear, concise review of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are also links to a related activity, quiz, and famous quotes. *This video is free and can be viewed with no account set-up.

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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
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This documentary demonstrates the mistreatment of African Americans between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
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Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama
http://www.encyclope...
The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment. This site offers articles on Alabama's famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.

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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama     
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Setting the Precedent: Four Women Who Excelled in Business     
Description: Meet four American women who succeeded in business during the twentieth century in this online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Each woman-Freda Diamond, Estelle Ellis, Dorothy Shaver, and Brownie Wise-was exceptional in many respects. An influential industrial designer, a prolific magazine publisher, a prominent department store retailer, and a top-ranking business executive, each achieved a degree of visibility in her field enjoyed by few other women. Students can read about their lives and accomplishments, and learn about their careers through short biographies, timelines and interactive games. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Treasures of American History: National Challenges     
Description: The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History provides a broad and complex view of the American experience. The valuable pieces of history displayed in this section of the online exhibition entitled "Treasures of American History'' document some of the struggles, conflicts, and controversies that have shaped the nation. Students will learn that by understanding the challenges of the past, they can draw lessons and inspiration for confronting new challenges in the present and future. The topics discussed in this section are: the American Revolution; slavery; westward expansion; the Civil War, women's suffrage, the Great Depression and World War II, the Civil Rights movement and AIDS. A Spanish version of the exhibition is available on the exhibition's homepage.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: John Deere Model D Tractor     
Description: The John Deere Model D tractor was introduced in 1923 and became the first tractor built, marketed, and named John Deere. It replaced the Waterloo Boy in the company's product line.
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: Blog Post: Electric Cars: 100 Years Ago and Today     
Description: In this post, students will discover the history of electric car technology over the course of the last century. In the early 20th century, motorists had a choice of electric, steam, or gasoline cars, and it wasn't clear that any one type would dominate the market. Electricity was beginning to power home appliances, lights, and streetcars, so it seemed natural to put electric motors and batteries in carriages. Electric vehicles were clean, quiet, and comfortable, but most car buyers in the 1910s and 1920s chose gasoline cars, which had much longer range between fill-ups. Written by Roger White, Associate Curator for Road Transportation with the Division of Work and Industry, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Freedom on the Menu     
Description: Freedom on the Menu is a work of children's literature that tells the story of the Greensboro sit-ins from the perspective of a young girl. This activity includes four reading helpers that will help adults and children actively read Freedom on the Menu together. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History 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 allow children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedom Songs     
Description: Songs played an important role during the civil rights movement. In this activity, students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs. It is included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. 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 allow children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Creating Stories Activity Kit     
Description: In this activity kit, students will use primary and secondary sources, and conduct oral history interviews to construct a family immigration or migration story. The kit contains step-by-step instructions, sample interview questions, and research guidance. The kit can be used in conjunction with a 28 minute streaming video called http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/learning/AOTM_education_2.wvx" Creating Stories: America on the Move Electronic Field Part 2 . It is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?     
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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