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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Will I Wear to School Today?
Description: Hot, cold, windy, or snowing, students need to know how to dress appropriately. In this lesson, students will learn how weather affects what they wear to school each day. Students will practice choosing the appropriate clothing by using computer software that allows students to dress different people.


Subject: Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Book of Seasons
Description: During this technology based lesson, students produce a book of the four seasons that relates to their everyday life. They learn many facts about seasons by navigating the Internet.


Subject: Science (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Seasons
Description: This early primary lesson teaches students how the earth's rotation around the sun results in the occurrence of four seasons. Through literature, art activities and technology students will explore the four seasons.


Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (K - 2)
Title: The Four Seasons
Description: This is a reading and writing lesson for special education/early elementary about the four seasons.


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Reason for the Season      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks      Add Bookmark
Description: The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science NetLinks strives to be a comprehensive ''homepage'' for K-12 science educators. At the heart of Science NetLinks are standards-based lesson plans that incorporate reviewed Internet resources, and can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade ranges. Each lesson is tied to at least one learning goal and uses research-based instructional strategies that support student learning. The lessons are written for the teacher, but include student-ready materials such as student sheets (student reproducibles) or E-Sheets (online worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities). Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Investigating Local Ecosystems      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use Internet resources to investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and to explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. In the lesson, students observe living organisms in a local ecosystem and create detailed drawings and descriptions of them.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather Today?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Health - Safety - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Prepare Yourself!      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces U.S. students to natural hazards that occur across their country and in their home region. They learn where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or severe thunderstorms are likely to occur and find out which type of event is most likely to happen near their home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why It's Essential      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine the differences between seasons in their region. In addition to temperature variations and seasonal household chores, students explore subtle differences, such as changes in foods available at the market and the length of the days.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Look at Those Leaves!      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Is a Tornado?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how tornadoes are formed and why most tornadoes occur in the United States tornado alley. Students also create a tornado in a bottle. Finally, they draw pictures of tornadoes of different shapes and sizes and review basic safety information about what to do in a tornado.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson encourages young students to see themselves as writers with a message to convey. Three types of reports are provided to show what kindergartners and emergent writers can do.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K



Subject: Science
Title: The Warmth of the Sun      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students take a closer look at the sun and begin to recognize its critical function in heating and warming the air, land, and water that sustain our lives. This involves drawing their attention to the basics of the heat around them and how the sun is the primary source of that warmth. They then perform a number of indoor and outdoor activities that help them begin to identify the sun as the natural, universal source of heat in the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Let's Build a Snowman      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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