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Subject: Arts Education (K), or Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Mathematics (K)
Title: Movin' With My Maraca!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the art of movement while also learning how to imitate a steady beat using a self made maraca. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal, or Just Plain Rude?
Description: Cell phones, love them or hate them, most everyone (especially students) think they can't live without one. Lines for usage are blurred for students who have no memory of never having a portable phone to use. This lesson is designed for upper middle and high students to examine ethical, moral and health issues involving cell phone use.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Shape Up or Ship Out"
Description: In this activity, students will identify shapes that architects use to build houses. Students will then explore these shapes by building a model "dream" home.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Searching Solid Shapes
Description: Students will identify solid shapes and work in groups to search for solid shapes (sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone) that have been hidden on the playground. They will create a photostory about their shape to be displayed on the class's webpage.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Fantastic Fractions"
Description: The students will use sugar-free Gummy bears to identify fractional parts of the whole.  The students will create a graph using the information obtain.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Description: Students will have the opportunity to learn names of many parts of the human body and how they helps the body function healthy.  Students will put a skeleton together to create a full human body.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Fast Can You Go?
Description: Students will experience force and speed by constructing model cars in cooperative groups.  The students will explore ways to move their cars at different speeds.  Each group will do a PhotoStory describing their cars.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Environmental Issues Scrapbook and Podcast
Description: Over the duration of a semester students will collect newspaper and magazine articles related to environmental issues. Students will compose a scrapbook of articles. Students will choose two topics to record and share with the class.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Five Senses- How They Relate to Our World
Description: This lesson will demonstrate and incorporate the use of the five senses. Through hands-on and exploratory experiences, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the five senses. Students will also gain an awareness of the limitations for those who do not have use of all of their senses. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Systems on a Mission
Description: Students will solve systems of equations using 4 different methods. These methods include substitution, elimination by multiplication, elimination by addition or subtraction and graphing. Students will gain knowledge on how to use one method to solve a system of equations and another method to check their solution. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 4)
Title: Twisted Tangrams
Description: In this lesson students will use a hands-on approach to problem solving. They will construct and manipulate tangrams to recreate animals from a story. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12)
Title: "Reach for the Stars, Not Drugs"
Description: This door decoration provides several learning objectives for middle school students during "Red Ribbon Week." A door is covered with paper, the week's theme is written on the door, and miniature candy is attached with hot glue to "tempt" students.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Stop The Bullying
Description: During this lesson, students start to recognize the different types of bullying, causes, and ways of dealing with it. Through literature and the Internet, students learn how to handle bullying. Students will develop presentations to teach other how to handle bullying.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5 - 6), or English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Lou Gehrig and Character Education
Description: After reading book or short story about Lou Gehrig, students conduct online research to learn more about him. Using the material they gather about his life and character, students create a flyer/poster. Students then participate in a virtual field trip from the Baseball Hall of Fame entitled "Lou Gehrig: The Iron Horse."


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's Great to be ME!
Description: This lesson addresses the similarities and differences among people. Incorporating the literature of Eric Carle and a virtual field trip focusing on healthy habits and the five senses, students will have a greater sense of their connection to each other.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leaders of Our School
Description: During the first weeks of school, students will be introduced to the administration and faculty within the school. Students will conduct an interview to determine the role of each individual in creating and maintaining a thriving learning environment. Using a digital camera and presentation software, students will record each interview, along with a digital photograph, of the school leader. Students will present the slideshow presentation during Open House. From this lesson, students will better comprehend the importance of the leadership and teamwork within our school.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What's in a Name: Graphing Lesson
Description: During this lesson, students will learn to graph information. After reading, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, students will discuss the length of their names. Students will learn to graph their names and compare their names to others.


Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: This Business Called Learning: Advertising
Description: After analyzing the techniques of propaganda in commercial advertising, students work in cooperative "business" groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or English Language Arts (8)
Title: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
Description: By linking the experiences of the character Charlie Gordon to other characters and to themselves, students demonstrate through class discussion and journal writing their understanding and interpretation of the short story "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Description: This lesson plan is intended to be used during the month of March when the class is preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. After listening to and reading different stories by Dr. Seuss, the students have opportunities to compare and contrast story elements through critical thinking and Venn diagrams.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Bullying
Description: Students sometimes find themselves in situations where they are uncomfortable and uncertain in relating to difficult peers. This lesson is designed to equip students with information they need not only to identify bullies, but to develop strategies to combat them.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Talk!!
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based unit combines language and social studies skills in order to encourage communication between verbal and non-verbal students. Students in early elementary classes are paired with students who are non-verbal and multi- handicapped and challenged to explore ways to communicate with and learn things about each other.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12)
Title: Let's Be Friends
Description: Buddies, pals, amigos - whatever you call them, friends are an important part of life. These beginning-of-the-year unit activities will give kindergarten students an opportunity to consider what friendship is all about.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Learning about Cinquains
Description: After reading/hearing Junie B. First Grader Cheater Pants by Barbara Park and discussing the concept of cheating, following directions, and poetry, students write cinquains and publish a class booklet.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Hero by Any Other Name. . .
Description: In conjunction with a study of literary or national heroes or in recognition of 9/11 week, students select a hero from among their family and friends, gather information about him/her, and prepare a multimedia presentation of their research.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Computer Lab Rules and Technology Ethics
Description: Middle school students create presentations or newsletters to demonstrate appropriate behavior while using the computer lab, copyright laws concerning the use of Internet images and web sites, and Internet safety.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - Respect for Self, Property, Others and The Environment
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on respect for self, property, others and the environment, an essential quality of good character. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, keyboarding skills, digital photography, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate and internalize the meaning of respect. This lesson will also aid students in understanding how respect is viewed in other cultures.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - "Respect"
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. Students will apply research skills, open-ended discussions, and cooperative learning experiences to investigate the meaning of "respect." Practicing good manners means showing respect for yourself, for others, for property, and for the world at large. Many of these basic courtesies are automatically included when the “Golden Rule” (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is the rule of thumb. Giving respect to others and having respect for oneself is an integral part of developing good character.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Description: Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K)
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. for Early Elementary
Description: This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson in Character Education Made Easy. It helps early elementary students (especially kindergartners) learn about the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr., why he is remembered, and the problems he worked to change.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Respect
Description: During this lesson students will learn about being respectful. Through different stories, graphic organizers, and acting, students will gain a true understanding of respect. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by creating flyers to display around the school. Students will also have an opportunity to help create a multimedia presentation to illustrate being respectful.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12)
Title: Friendship is Fun!
Description: Students will explore the concept of friendship in order to promote class unity. Some of the areas to be included are characteristics of friends, differences of individuals, and examples of ways to be a good friend. The class will complete several technology-based projects based on friendship. The culminating activity for the unit is an activity involving parents.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Creating Careers for Characters      Add Bookmark
Description: Students select a job listing for a character in a book they have read, then create a resume and application letter for that character.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is the International Day of Peace.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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