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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or Science (3 - 12)
Title: A Journey Through the Trees
Description: The teacher will discuss the importance of trees with the students. The teacher will provide photographs of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area. The teacher will discuss significant features of each tree and pertinent ways to identify them. The collection may include: Dogwood, various Oak, Hickory, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Beech, Elm, and Birch trees. The teacher will take a nature walk with the students in order for each child to choose a tree and do a bark rub. The students will compare their art and write a journal entry in order to describe something they learned about their particular tree. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gymnosperms, Cone Bearing Vascular Plants
Description: Students will research printed encyclopedias, Internet resources (thinkfinity.org) and their science textbook to gather information to answer questions and draw an assigned portion of the Life Cycle of the Gymnosperms. 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 (9 - 12)
Title: Distinguishing Between Monocots and Dicots
Description: Students will: Learn how monocots and dicots are different. Learn how to recognize a dicot seed and a monocot seed. Learn to recognize a dicot leaf and a monocot leaf. Learn to recognize a dicot root system and a monocot root system.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 Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Description: Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Angiosperms - Plants With Flowers
Description: By using a hands-on activity,the students will learn about the Life Cycle of the Angiosperms. Students will learn about the female and male parts of a flower. This would be a great activity to follow a unit on reproduction in flowering plants. 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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Herb or Not to Herb
Description: This unit allows students to research some common herbal supplements to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the herb. Students will compare the herbal supplements to pharmaceutical medicines to judge which is the better choice. Students will make a PowerPoint presentation to advertise herbal supplements and their common uses. The students will make an informative web site that allows others access to their discoveries. The students will learn the process of scientific problem-solving using the appropriate tools and technology. Students will critique the advertisement of herbal drugs and the impact they are having on society. They will present their findings to the class with a brochure or newsletter.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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Circles of Life
Description: This is an inquiry based cooperative learning unit that can be used in biology as a graduation exam review or in botany for a nine week project. The students will learn the life cycle of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The teacher can choose to do the cycles together or separate.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: About a Tree: The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Mark Olson      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson's efforts to identify extinct or nearly extinct plants and the reasons for the plant losses. They consider the issues surrounding conservation efforts in dry tropical regions. Students read articles highlighting the tension between wildlife conservation and agriculture, compare the perspectives of those who are most intensely involved in both, and form an opinion as to what might be done to resolve the conflict. Students research both sides of the issue and write an editorial or letter to Congress supporting their opinion. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article titled Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather and Agriculture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research, discuss, and write reports on the relationship between climate and agriculture. They pretend that they've just purchased farms in specific parts of the United States and investigate that region's weather and climate in order to maximize the chances that their farms succeed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 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



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