Professional Learning Podcast Treasury Lesson Plans Personal Workspace Site Search ALEXville Learning Assets Home Courses of Study

ALEX Lesson Plans


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12)
Title: Are We There Yet?
Description: Students (groups of 4) will surf the Internet to find 3-5 different protists that  use cilia as a means of locomotion, 3-5 that use flagella as  means of locomotion, and 3-5 that use pseudopods as a means of locomotion.  They will download photographs of them organisms and present them in a PowerPoint presentation to the class.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12)
Title: Taxonomy: The Importance of Classifying
Description: This is a technology-based, hands-on Biology lesson used to introduce the topic of Taxonomy and the importance of classifying. Students will listen to a podcast about classifying every living thing on Earth. Students will then give some examples of classification used everyday. They will then complete a hands-on lab classifying fingerprints.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science
Title: All Species Inventory      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear an interview with Kevin Kelly, co-founder and board chairman of the All Species Foundation in San Francisco. Kelly discusses his mission to discover, identify, and document every species on Earth within the next 25 years. Students then read more information about the project, and conclude by answering some related questions. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health
Title: Color-Coded DNA      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a new way to use DNA to detect infectious diseases. Scientist Bruce Armitage discusses his research with DNA and PNA, a lab-created version of DNA that can be made to seek out and connect to a specific DNA sequence. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Glowing Wounds      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a Civil War legend of soldiers' glowing war wounds that may actually be based in fact. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Tomato Mold      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a researcher who's helping tomato plants fight back against black mold, a fungus that destroys them. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Survival of the Fittest?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to crocodilian species. Crocodilians, including crocodiles and alligators, are ancient animals that survived the period of mass extinction at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary about 65 million years ago. While scientists are not sure why crocodilians are so hardy, they have plenty of evidence from modern and prehistoric crocodilians to develop hypotheses on this question. Students investigate this evidence and write reports on their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Smallest Thing      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the challenge of selecting the smallest living creature, based on how we define such an organism. According to Mike Conrad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the smallest creature is about one five-thousandth of a millimeter in diameter and is a parasitic bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Traveling Dust      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how microbes may be carried across the globe in clouds of dust. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Alabama Virtual Library
Alabama Virtual Library

Hosted by Alabama Supercomputer Authority
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Malone Family Foundation
The Malone Family Foundation
Best of the Web