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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: Grow a GEM
Description: Students will  grow crystals out of different substances.  Students will also document and make a podcast video of the growth of their crystals. Students will make and identify different geometric shapes. 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: Mathematics (7), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Puzzling Pangaea
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to research information in order to prove or disprove if a super continent ever existed. Students will create a model of Pangaea to show how their research findings ‘connect' in a puzzle format. Students will conduct a survey to find out their peers opinion of Pangaea and communicate the results in graphs.


Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Doppler is Warning You!
Description: This lesson plan is designed to involve students in research about the impact Doppler Radar has made in regards to weather. An original video podcast will be created by groups to teach others about Doppler Radar and the effects it has had on communities in Alabama specifically.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5)
Title: To Infinity and Beyond... Magazine of Planetary Studies
Description: This is a student led activity in which students have to accomplish the task of choosing the most entertaining way to relay written expository information. Art/self expression along with technology are utilized to develop a classroom magazine while learning about the planets and associated technology. Students work in cooperative learning groups to complete this activity.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: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Researching the Oceans of the Earth
Description: This unit is a result of collaboration between the librarian and the 5th grade Science teacher. The Ocean Unit developed by the librarian is hands-on research in various areas of the library utilizing print, software and Internet access. During research students will collect information to complete a folder, brochure, PowerPoint presentation and a webpage.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Water Cycle Animation (A lesson involving handheld computer/Palm Pilots)
Description: This technology-rich lesson involves students using handheld computers, such as Palm Pilots. Students will use the program "Sketchy" to create animation of the water cycle. Students will also use "Word to Go" to write a paragraph on the water cycle.


Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Learning the Three Layers
Description: This lesson will help students visualize the Earth's crust (lithosphere), mantle, and core. The students will work in groups to research and design a model of the Earth's layers. Some of the types of models include: computer, fruits such as peaches and apples, and Play-Doh.


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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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