ALEX Learning Activities
Title: Alabama’s Black History
Digital Tool: Trading Card-Read Write Think
Digital Tool Description: The purpose of this digital tool is to creatively write about literacy knowledge and skills. This interactive site allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. Students can use these cards with any Reading or History book or topic that students are reading. These cards may be saved to work on a different day. Students can create up to eight cards to print off a set.
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!
Title: I Have a Dream
Digital Tool: Civil Rights Movement Video
Digital Tool Description: The tool used is a video from schooltube.com. The video shows students taking on the roles of influential African Americans in the United States. At the end, the students are reciting the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Title: I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr.
Digital Tool: Blabberize--Create a video of your own
Digital Tool Description: Blabberize will allow students to take their own voice and add it to a picture that talks.
In this lesson, students will create their own "I Have a Dream" speeches and put them with a picture of how they may see themselves in the future (example: a picture of a pilot, nurse, teacher....) The picture will talk with the words of the student's own speech.
Title: Birmingham was Bombed
Digital Tool: Wonderopolis- Write a TV Script
Digital Tool Description: Wonderopolis is a tool for engaging students using wonder about the world around them. Daily "wonders" create exploratory learning. The "How Do You Write a TV Script" wonder will be used to help students as they prepare to write their own mock newscast based on the event of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Church bombing in 1963, as read about in the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963.
After reading the novel and exploring information about life in the 1960s, students will imagine what a news report from that day would have looked like. They will view this resource to understand the important components of a script before getting into small groups to write their own newscasts. The teacher will combine the scripts and students will create a short film either independently or with teacher assistance and present their newscast during Black History Month.
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.