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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fun With Idioms
Description: This lesson is designed to help students become comfortable with idioms.  Students will work closely with idioms to discover meanings and present them to the class.  Students will use technology to present the information.


Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Health (5), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Bullying is Whack...Get on the Right Track!
Description: In this lesson, students will research several prevention and intervention techniques of bullying.  By using the information gained through an interactive game on ways to prevent bullying, an interactive bullying book app, and various websites, students will create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to share this information with others.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What in the World is Wrong with Sammy? Making Predictions and Create a Story with a new character.
Description: This lesson provides students with the technology-based project researching Guinea Pigs. The trade book, Sammy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, will be used to make predictions.The students will use the facts from their research to create a story about Guinea Pigs and use themselves as a character in the story.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring the world with P.W. Cracker!
Description: This lesson can be completed in a whole group or small group setting. After reading the book “P.W. Cracker Sees the World,” the students will complete an inquiry project that connects social studies/geography to what they read in their story.


Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Show Me The Money
Description: Just what is a penny worth? Students explore various websites or printed fact sheet investigating the history and changes in density of pre- and post- 1982 pennies. They will also research the current price of copper and zinc and compare the ratios or pre and post 1982 pennies. Students then complete a hands-on lab experiment to determine the mass, volume, and density of pre and post 1982 pennies. Students determine if the pennies are worth saving?


Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Inner and Outer Planets of the Solar System
Description: In this science lesson students will work collaboratively to learn and introduce the eight planets, sizes, characteristics, and their order.  They will use size comparisons, research a planet, design a poster and create a PowerPoint presentation.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My adventure with Lewis & Clark
Description: Over the course of five days, students will create a daily journal in the style of Lewis and Clark. At the end of the week, the students will create a video using their Flip cameras recreating their journals.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Down with Describing Nouns?
Description: This unit is a fun, exciting, and engaging unit that uses many 21st century tools to help students working in collaborative groups understand what an adjective is and how adjective use is vital to making writing interesting.  Furthermore, students will use technology to research and explore the use of adjectives in their daily writings, readings, and environment and determine how adjective use can influence consumers.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native Cultures in the Americas
Description: This lesson is part of a project-based, hands-on unit in which children discover the native cultures that existed in the Americas prior to the arrival of explorers. The students will "become" part of their assigned culture through research with a provided research guide to keep them on track. The students will be expected to present their culture to the class after completing research and will be graded by a rubric. The lesson includes the use of the trade book: The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy and Giulio Maestro. The unit has the overriding goal of representing the culture in a World Court Hearing against the explorers they encountered.


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Constitution Lives
Description: As part of the study of the Constitution, students will do research on and create a Constitutional scrapbook and multimedia presentation on the Bill of Rights. Students will use various media print resources as well as the Internet to acquire news articles which demonstrate any aspect of the Constitution. Students will then summarize the articles making sure to include their opinion to demonstrate working knowledge of the Constitution and its protections.


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 (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Should man explore space?
Description: This lesson will bring students through a series of activities so that they will be able to make an informed decision as to whether man should explore space.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Evidence of Chemistry
Description: The students will learn to identify evidence that a chemical reaction has taken place.  They will use the Internet to research evidence and find examples.  They will look around their school and neighborhood for examples. They will perform experiments in the science lab. The students will make a podcast, slideshow presentation, or a digital story board to show the types of evidence they collected and examples of each.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Yo! The Slaves Have Gotta Go!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the events leading up to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Students will work collaboratively to research and report their findings.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: "My Three Words" vodcast compilation or series
Description: Students create vodcasts that use the format of the Good Morning America feature "My Three Words".  This works well as a culminating activity for a unit or a technology-based project.  In groups, students  select a three word phrase to communicate a specific topic/idea, then create a storyboard and choose appropriate multimedia elements to best express their chosen phrase.  They use a variety of software applications to find or create images and produce a video file.  


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Touch and Feel: Plant Adaptations
Description: This introductory lesson centers on getting hands-on before getting drug into the vocabulary and nomenclature. In cooperative learning groups students will describe leaves in simple terms.  Then, students will use various resources for specific identification of leaves.


Subject: Mathematics (5), or Physical Education (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Field Challenge Strategy Game: Plant Adaptations
Description: Use a game to challenge students to understand the fight for sunlight, nutrients, and water. This simple strategy game encourages students to balance ability with need in taking over an open field. Succession is the end game.


Subject: Science (4), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Let Them Eat Cake! - Topography Lesson
Description: Contour lines on topographic maps require visual processing to read and interpret. This hands-on activity helps give a tasty mental image.


Subject: Physical Education (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Race for Life: Plant Adaptations
Description: This is an outdoors, hands-on activity.  Create a short race course to engage students in physical activity while drawing comparisons to the plant kingdom. This activity serves as an introductory to the impact small changes can have on the ability of a plant to compete for sunlight, soil, and water. Each race serves as an analogy to a specific type of adaptation.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Machines all Around Us
Description: Student will examine different rooms in the school looking for simple machines. They will use digital cameras to take pictures of the simple machine they have found in the school and Microsoft PowerPoint to create a presentation of their findings. This lesson was created by Miller, Gladden, and Watson- Oscar Adams Elementary School Tech Team.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Beyond the Earth Part II
Description: A continuation of Beyond the Earth Part I.  As part of a unit on the solar system, students will choose a component of the solar system to research.  Students may use a variety of resources such as the Internet, books, and reference materials. Once the research is complete, students will work in collaborative groups to design travel brochures using a desktop publishing program.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: 3,2,1…Spinoff
Description: As part of the study of Space, the students will do research on and create a podcast/vodcast about spinoffs developed from space exploration.  In groups, students will use various websites to acquire information about technological advancements that have been made over time. Groups will then write scripts and compose a podcast/vodcast to be shared on the school’s website.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sharing Original Nursery Rhymes (Distance Learning)
Description: Collaboration of creative writing/creative dramatics using Distance Learning. With a partner, students will write an original nursery rhyme and share/present with another class (Distance Learning) through presentations (dramatization, puppet show, illustration/book, PowerPoint, etc.).


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "What do we do? Natural Disasters in the United States"
Description: During the course of this lesson, the students will research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States and what someone should do in the event of that disaster. The teacher and library media specialist will collaborate during the planning, instruction, and research phases of this lesson. The students will take the information they collected and place it on a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. This information should include several pictures that will be located on the Internet. The Library Media Specialist will guide the students through the process of obtaining permission for the use of various images.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biographical Poetry
Description: Students will work with a partner to write an original poem using information learned about a person involved in the American Revolution. The students will then share the poems by creating a multimedia slide show.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Tulip Graphing
Description: Students will create an on-going graph using units of measurement correctly. This graph will represent the growth of a tulip (or other type of flower).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: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Men and Women of Space Exploration
Description: As part of the study of Space, the students will choose an astronaut to do research on and write a report. A list of possible astronauts will be provided including many females who a have traveled to space and work on the International Space Station. The students will use a variety of resources including books, reference materials, and the Internet to find the required information. This will be done mostly outside of class; however one or two days will be set aside to take the students to the computer lab and to the library to get information.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 (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I Will Survive
Description: As part of the study of animals and their adaptations, the students will explore different adaptations animals have and how they use them (either as prey or predator). The students will also identify camouflage (blending in with the surroundings), mimicry (looking like something else), and behaviors (hibernating). The students will use the internet to find animals that use the various types of adaptation. This will be done in cooperative groups, preferably in a computer lab.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 (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: POPPIN' FOR POPCORN!
Description: Students will be using different flavors of popcorn to conduct surveys in class to create graphs. 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: Arts Education (3), or Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Polygon Perimeters
Description: This hands-on sidewalk chalk activity gives students practice finding the perimeter of polygons, while teaching them how to describe geometric figures using mathematical terms. It’s a fun way to bring out their creativity and strengthen visual thinking!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 (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Ice Cream Sundae Survey
Description: Students quickly realize the importance of learning how to read and find information in charts, graphs, and tables compared to finding the same information written in a paragraph. This is a fun, high energy lesson!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 (3 - 7), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Science is a Wonderland
Description: This is an inquiry lesson to teach students critical thinking skills. The student will learn through discovery what inquiry skills are and how they are used. They will learn how scientists use these skills in the scientific method to do investigations.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: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explorers Come to America (Activboard and related software suggested)
Description: This lesson gives a brief overview of the fact that America had to be discovered. It also provides an introduction to each of the explorers who are given credit for exploring the American continent between 1492 and 1542.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth has Many Layers
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that will help students explore what geologists do to study the different layers of the Earth. Students will work in cooperative groups to complete this activity. Students will also keep a Science Journal telling about their findings. This lesson will follow the Learning Cycle.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 (2), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Clouds Form
Description: Cloud formation results when warm, humid air rises and cools, causing the water vapor in the air to condense and form clouds. In this lesson, students will conduct an activity that demonstrates how this occurs.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 (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Effects of Friction on a Moving Block
Description: Students will move a 2 X 4 inch block with a hook attached across different surface areas. Students will discover how the friction created by these surface areas affect the movement of the block. Students will begin the activity by predicting which surface will produce the most and least friction. Five different surfaces will be tested (smooth table or desk top, wax paper, paper towel, course sandpaper and fine sandpaper).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: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making and Observing Life in a Terrarium
Description: In this lesson, the students will learn what a terrarium is, the layers of a terrarium, and the function of these layers. They will see how these components work together to create an ecosystem. 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: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Ocean Floor
Description: Students will learn about parts of the ocean including the beach, ocean ridge, continental shelf, and trenches. Also, students will research the Internet for information on the ocean floor and animals of the ocean. Students will recreate the ocean floor using their own creativity. 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 (5), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Coordinate Geometry
Description: Students will participate in several activities that will build their knowledge of coordinates graphing. Students will use ordered pairs to locate points on a grid. Students will also relate coordinate graphing to the real world through finding locations on a city map.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 (8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Probability- What Are The Odds?
Description: This lesson introduces the student to the concept of probability. Students will explore the meaning of theoretical and experimental probability by viewing interactive websites. A lab activity will be performed using cooperative learning groups to allow the students to determine experimental and theoretical probability.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 (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Birth of Rock(s) - Identifying Rock Types
Description: This lesson will allow the student to explore the characteristics of rocks. Through exploration the student will be able to identity the three kinds of rocks and examples of each. They will also learn how rocks are used in our society.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: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Scrapping the Biomes
Description: This is a student led exploration of the biomes through art and self-expression, in which students create a scrapbook of assigned biomes. This activity utilizes technology, research, and cooperative learning groups for completion. The biomes included in this activity are the tropical rainforest, deciduous forest, grassland, taiga, desert, tundra, freshwater (including rivers and wetlands), and saltwater (including coral reefs and deep sea). 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: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Inner and Outer Planets
Description: As part of the space unit, students will learn about the physical and chemical components of the planets. The students will compare the planets in list form. It will also incorporate math by using measurement and numerical order.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 (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What Color are the Leaves?
Description: Where do the brilliant colors of fall come from? Most leaves appear green. In the fall, leaves turn orange, yellow, and red. Most leaves aren't changing colors. The pigments are always present in the leaves. The green pigment overpowers the other colors during spring and summer. Using chromatography, students will be able to see the colors always present in a leaf, even if the only color they can see is green. 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: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Declaration of Independence: Purpose, Explanation, and Grievances of King George III
Description: In this lesson, students will be able to state the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence, and explain their significance. The students will be able to know the purpose of and explain the Declaration of Independence, as well as the grievances toward King George III.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Komodo Dragon by Thane Maynard
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with research topics through individual assignments that utilize a variety of resources.


Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Congruent and Similar Figures
Description: This lesson provides a variety of hands-on activities for the students to understand the difference between congruent and similar figures. Students will use geoboards, pattern blocks, and the Internet to explore the difference. The activities can be used to reach all learning types.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Los Paises Hispanos
Description: This lesson will introduce beginning Spanish students to basic reading skills needed to comprehend material in another language while also providing basic information on Spanish speaking countries.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: From Weeds to Worms
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to guide students in researching and discovering the importance of the interdependence of living and nonliving things in an ecosystem. Students utilize technology independently and cooperatively to establish requirements for conducting experiments.


Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Telling It the Digital Way: Stories of Sports Spectacular Stand-outs
Description: During this lesson students design, develop, produce, and present a five-minute biographical video highlighting the life of a famous sports spectacular stand-out such as baseball's great Babe Ruth.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Baseball Rocks!
Description: Through videoconferencing, two classes battle out their knowledge of rocks and minerals and the rock cycle by playing baseball. Each class completes a unit on rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle which includes gathering facts from print and non-print resources, classroom activities, and experiments. Each class then creates PowerPoint slides with questions (and answers) to pitch to the opposing team. The teams meet on the videoconference playing field to determine which class is the champion of rocks! The virtual baseball game serves as the culminating activity of a unit on rocks.


Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Volume
Description: Students will learn the concept of volume by determining the amount of sand that is needed to fill the long-jump pit at their school (or any rectangular- or square-shaped container). This lesson will explain the importance of knowing how to determine volume and how to use the concept in real-world situation.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous Alabamians
Description: In this lesson, students will use print and non-print reference sources to examine the lives of famous Alabamians and their contributions to our society.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making Tracks
Description: This lesson will allow students to explain or interpret possible scenarios from a single set of observations. Emphasis should be on supporting interpretations with concrete observations.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Colonial Network News: Ben Franklin Flies a Kite
Description: The students will create a news program about Benjamin Franklin and life in colonial times. The students will work in groups of complete research and prepare a video presentation. Students will utilize books and various web sites to complete their research.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Studies
Description: This was a collaborative effort between Melanie George and Connie Roan. Students will work in collaborative groups and investigate animal characteristics, their habitats and basic needs using the Internet and library. They will then make a power point presentation of their animals to educate the rest of the class.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Amazing Alabama
Description: Follow along with our roving reporters as they travel Alabama from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the shores of the Gulf Coast.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mystery Writing with Alfred Hitchcock
Description: During this lesson students will explore the life of Alfred Hitchcock by navigating the Internet. Students will learn about the mysteries involved in his films and become mystery writers themselves.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Whales, Whales, Whales!
Description: During this lesson, students work with other students from another school to collect information about different species of whales. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the differences via video conferences. Students work together to develop a plan to help conserve whales.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Life in Colonial America
Description: This lesson presents an explanation about who the early colonists were and why they came to America. Students will explore their lives and the economy by navigating the Internet. Students will conclude the lesson by completing a WebQuest about colonial life.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), 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: Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals with Backbones
Description: Students will learn about animals with backbones and then create a slideshow presentation that shows the characteristics of the different groups of vertebrates. They will also create a brochure explaining how a specific animal is adapted to survive in a particular environment.


Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog
Description: During this lesson students explore the life cycle of a frog. They will raise frogs in the classroom from tadpoles and document and describe each stage of the life cycle.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Isaac Newton
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore the life of Isaac Newton. Students use reference books and the Internet to investigate Newton's life. Following group discussion and individual research, students create a slide of an aspect of Isaac Newton's life. The class will create a slideshow presentation and students will deliver it to other classes.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Distance Learning Collaborative Literature Circles: Because of Winn Dixie
Description: During this lesson, two classes in different locations will participate separately in literature circles using Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The discussion of the book will be a collaborative project using distance learning.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Montgomery Field Trip Tour Book
Description: During this lesson, students explore the functions of our government through the Internet, slideshow presentations, and by visiting Alabama's capital city of Montgomery. Students will use their field trip as a guide to create a tour book of the government in Montgomery.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Collaborative Project on the Civil War
Description: During this lesson two or more schools will work together using distance learning to investigate and share their community's involvement in the Civil War.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shoals Area Landmarks and Sites of Interest
Description: In this lesson students choose a local landmark or site located in the Shoals area and research that site's contribution to history. Students demonstrate their knowledge of a specific Shoals area landmark or site by creating various presentations showing why these landmarks and sites attract people from all over the world.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Savvy Story Structure
Description: During this lesson, students learn to actively engage in reading by becoming more familiar with the elements of a story. Students will be required to think at a higher level and will enhance their understanding of selected passages and stories. Students should also begin to relate stories to their own lives.


Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: State Jeopardy - How Much Do You Know About My State?
Description: This lesson is a distance learning collaborative project involving another school. Each school will do research on the other school's state and be able to answer questions about that state posed by the other school. Students learn not only about another state, but about their own in formulating questions to stump their opponents.


Subject: Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Divided Nation
Description: Students will explore the sectional differences between the North and the South that ultimately led to the southern secession. Students will learn what is meant by secession and which states seceded, the country they formed, its capital, and whom they elected president. Students will create a PowerPoint Presentation, a brochure, and possibly a newsletter using computer software presenting information they have learned.


Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Where Am I?
Description: During this lesson students explore the 50 states through the Internet. Students discover important facts and information by navigating the World Wide Web.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Preparing for Natural Disasters
Description: This social studies lesson provides information and safety tips for different natural disasters. It integrates technology, writing, and art activities. The included slideshow may be presented to the whole group, or students may navigate it independently or in small groups.


Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biomes: Where are the Wild Things?
Description: During this lesson, students will explore biomes, ecosystems, and habitats by navigating the Internet. They will research biomes, ecosystems, and habitats in order to create a newsletter. They will have the opportunity to distribute their newsletters and discuss their findings with students in their school.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Making Predictions
Description: This lesson will use the trade book, Balto, the Dog Who Saved Nome, to teach making predictions. Students will also learn the true story of Balto and create their own fictional story of Balto.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: You, Too, Can Be an Inventor!
Description: How have inventions changed the world? This unit focuses on the importance, the process and the creativity involved in inventing. Through the study of inventions and inventors, students learn how inventions are created and the characteristics that inventors share. They will create a slideshow presentation on an invention/inventor of their choice. Students will work through steps to come up with their own unique inventions. Finally, they will develop brochures to promote their inventions.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creating a Website on Explorers
Description: After researching famous European explorers and choosing the most important ones, students create a web page highlighting European explorers and the discoveries and impact these explorers had on the world. The web page will contain a survey which will allow visitors to select their "Explorer Idol" after reading about each explorer.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Author Study
Description: During this lesson, students will learn more about their favorite authors by researching them on the Internet and presenting to the class, school, and community. Students will see that authors are real people thereby developing an appreciation for reading and writing.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Our Trip Around the Biomes
Description: During this lesson, students travel to the biomes by way of the Internet. They learn the characteristics of biomes, including animals, plants, temperatures, etc. Students then use this information to create a slideshow presentation to help the zoo improve animal habitats.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Adjectives in a Bag!
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students learn to describe unknown objects by using adjectives. Students have the opportunity to practice using adjectives by exploring an Internet site.


Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Room Budget
Description: During this technology-based lesson, students learn the importance of planning a project while focusing on a budget. They focus on money and calculation skills to help them stay within the budget. Students use Internet sites to locate the information they need to design a new room.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: ABC's of Geometry
Description: During this lesson students explore the world of geometry on the Internet. Students create their own list of terms by navigating geometry sites. Students also reinforce what they have learned using interactive Internet sites.


Subject: Science (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
Description: During this lesson students are going to take a look at moon phases and sunrise-sunset times in order to learn about daylight hours. Students discover that we do not always have the same amount of daylight each day. This lesson is best completed in December and January.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Activity: Harris Burdick Stories
Description: After reading The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg, students create their own stories about the pictures. By navigating the Internet, students learn more about the writing process to help them create their stories.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Hanging Out the Laundry" with Place Value
Description: As an introduction to the thousands place in place value, students will first practice with place value mats and base ten blocks. Then students will play "hanging out the laundry" for more practice with place value. Additional practice can be gained by accessing the website provided.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Orchestra Instruments and Their Families
Description: During this lesson students learn the orchestra instruments and to which family each instrument belongs. They visually identify instruments and navigate Internet sites to see and hear each instrument.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Prepared?
Description: Natural disasters come in many different forms. In order to be better prepared, students have to know the different types of disasters. In this lesson students will research natural disasters in order to create a brochure highlighting an event and featuring ways to protect themselves.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Literary Elements in Jan Brett's The Mitten
Description: Students will analyze such literary elements as plot, cause-effect relationships, sequence, and prediction in Jan Brett's The Mitten. Students will enjoy predicting upcoming story events and retelling the story from a dialogue that shows a text-to-self relationship.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco by Janice Repka
Description: This lesson will lead students in relating literature to their own lives. The book, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, will be read aloud to students. Afterward, students will create short stories about things which they'd like to change around their school.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Carle's Crazy Critters
Description: This lesson provides students with the opportunity to read books aloud to the class. Students also spend time researching Eric Carle and his practices as a writer and illustrator. Finally, students become writers and illustrators themselves, as they create their own books and present their books to younger students.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Story Elements
Description: During this lesson, students will analyze what distinguishes the stories they love. Reading and reviewing their favorite books will help students begin to identify elements of a story. Students have the opportunity to navigate the Internet and create a presentation to demonstrate what they have learned about elements of a story.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Stars
Description: During this hands-on lesson students learn about the life cycle of a star. They recreate the life cycle and explore the Internet to learn more about stars.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Learning Journals
Description: During this lesson students learn about writing learning journals. Students are instructed on the key components of learning journals as well as how to use this type of journal to record what they are learning so that they can retain the information longer. After viewing a learning journal entry, then working in groups to create a learning journal entry, students read an article and write a learning journal entry of their own.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Quadrilaterals
Description: During this lesson students explore the Internet to learn about quadrilaterals. Students create the different types of quadrilaterals and use technology to learn how to classify quadrilaterals.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Irish ABCs
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to learn about St. Patrick's Day while navigating the Internet. Students will get to transform their research into an ABC Book to share with family and friends.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Early American Explorers
Description: During this project-based lesson, students will become detectives looking for information about early American explorers. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the Internet to locate important facts about these explorers. Students will get then present their findings in the form of a slideshow presentation, timeline, and bookmark.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring the Reconstruction Era
Description: This unit introduces students to the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) of American history. Students will discover that Reconstruction failed to alter the South's social structure or its distribution of wealth and power. They will conclude through their research that legislation passed during this period eventually prevailed and brought a change of life for African-Americans and women.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newberry Award
Description: This unit will introduce the history of the Newberry Award to students. The selection process will be discussed. Students will also visit websites and the library to select a Newberry book to read. Finally, students will give book talks to accompany slideshows they have created.


Subject: Science (4 - 7), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Is That a Whale?
Description: This lesson will increase student knowledge of whale anatomy and habitat while using the Internet for information gathering.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War, Research, and Technology
Description: During this social studies lesson, students conduct research on specified topics related to the Revolutionary War. The lesson should be used at the culmination of a unit of study on the American Revolution. Students will use word processing software and the Internet to create summaries of what they have learned during the unit.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Environment and Adaptation
Description: In this lesson students will enjoy different activities focusing on how animals adapt to their environments. They will begin by researching two animals, their environment, and the ways the animals adapt to this environment. In small groups students will invent a new animal, including its environment and adaptations. Using presentation software, students will introduce their new animals to the class.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Digestive System Adventure
Description: During this lesson students adventure through the digestive system via the Internet. They then use their knowledge of the digestive system to create an original story about their favorite food's adventure down the digestive track.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Vertebrates or Invertebrates
Description: During this lesson, students navigate the Internet to discover facts about vertebrates and invertebrates. They use the facts they learn to participate in several class activities.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wonderful Wolves
Description: In this lesson students learn about wolves through literature and research. Students learn the truth about wolves by completing a WebQuest examining wolf myths. Then students have the opportunity to locate information about wolves through a variety of print resources and the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Name Etymology
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to research the etymology and history of their names. Students will begin to understand ways to make history, linguistic history, and cultural history a lot of fun.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Identify and Classify
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students learn about scientific classification by navigating the Internet. They will examine a variety of potato chips in order to create their own classification key.


Subject: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Description: In this lesson students will build on their knowledge of the lost colony of Roanoke. Using the Internet, students will research theories about the disappearance of the colonists and use what they have learned to write and perform a play about an assigned theory. They will incorporate technology by recording the plays and editing them using movie editing software.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native American Acrostic Poems
Description: In this lesson, students will synthesize the knowledge they have acquired about early Native American tribes by creating and presenting an acrostic poem that incorporates pictures symbolizing important characteristics of the tribes. In creating the acrostic poems students will utilize a variety of technology including digital cameras, scanners, image editing software and word processing software. The lesson will culminate in an oral presentation of the poems.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: El Dinero y La Bandera de España (o Mexico, Peru, etc.)
Description: This plan is a research activity in which foreign language students use technology to discover the currency of a country. This research will lead to an historical scavenger hunt and end with the country's current exchange rate to that of the United States. Also, students will discover and explain the country's flag and its historical significance. This plan is based on a Spanish class lesson, but could be applied to any foreign language.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Composers Then and Now
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research the following composers: Kenny G, W.C. Handy, Johannes Brahms, and Amadeus Mozart. Students will learn to navigate the Internet to locate important facts. They will also learn to use publishing software to create a brochure from the information they collect.


Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing the Biographical Sketch
Description: Working in pairs, students interview each other in order to collect information about their partners. They will practice the writing process as they write biographical sketches which incorporate scanned pictures.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Archeology: Can You Dig It?
Description: In this technology-based, interdisciplinary study, students will discover how archeology helps us learn about our past. They will navigate the Internet to discover different methods archeologists use and gain an appreciation of the relationship between the past and the present.


Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Energy
Description: During this lesson students will learn about energy. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the Internet to locate information about energy. They will also have the opportunity to create a slideshow to demonstrate their new knowledge about energy.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Classification
Description: This lesson will explain the reasons that society groups and classifies. The lesson has a hands-on component that helps students connect everyday grouping with the way that scientists group and classify all living organisms.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Too Much Paper; Too Few Trees?
Description: A common phrase that both teachers and students often hear when using paper is "there goes another tree." In this lesson, students will use various math skills to determine the number of trees we actually use as paper in a school year. Students will also create a clinometer to measure trees, use the Internet to research the paper-making process, and make paper.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Defending Personal Freedoms
Description: This lesson is an introduction to the Civil Rights Movement in American history. The social and political impact of the current events and key people who played an integral role during this era provide a wealth of insight into the driving forces that inspired human rights for all citizens of the United States.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Kids Search In The Classroom
Description: This is a technology-based lesson that will focus on using the Kids Search database in the Alabama Virtual Library. Students will work in teams to access information about animals. This lesson will allow students to research a particular animal and write a report on the information they collected.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Pictographs
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a pictograph by collecting data and using pictures to represent the data. Students will have practice reading pictographs and will learn to create a pictograph using spreadsheet or software.


Subject: Mathematics (1 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplication Facts, Facts, Facts and Some Reese's Pieces for Snack!!
Description: This lesson teaches the basic math multiplication facts in a fun way so that students will want to remember them. Knowledge of all multiplication facts will help with learning subsequent skills in longer multiplication, division, fractions, etc.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Summarizing Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Description: This is a hands-on lesson to introduce students to Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall series. Students will discover urban life, how to make a timeline, and analyze literary elements while reading Sarah, Plain and Tall.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Memories of the Great Depression
Description: This hands-on lesson combines social studies, language arts, and technology. Fourth grade students begin by researching and collecting information from a variety of sources. Students develop an appreciation of the difficulties endured by many people during the era of the Great Depression.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Perimeter of Polygons
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to learn how to find the length, or perimeter of a polygon in real world tasks.


Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
Description: During this technology based lesson, students learn how to add and subtract mixed numbers by exploring websites on the Internet. Students demonstrate their knowledge of fractions by participating in practice activities on the Internet.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Happy Trails
Description: Math can be experienced everywhere and every day. During this lesson, students become active learners while discovering and sharing the mathematics existing in their everyday environment. Students explore the school and create mathematical problems using different concepts relating to what they find.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Roman Arches
Description: Students will watch a slideshow presentation on Roman arches with followup discussions and activities focusing on the arch as it is used in architecture and art images. They will then create a collograph using an arch.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Do You Measure Up?
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students use reasoning skills in making predictions and then applying skills to obtain accurate measurements. They navigate websites to practice their measuring skills. Students also get a brief overview of the history of measurement.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Students Standing Tall
Description: During this lesson, students use data they collect from a class activity to find the mean, mode, median, and range. Students utilize the Internet as a source of information by viewing websites to learn how to find the mean, median, mode, and range of data.


Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Trade
Description: Dr. Seuss has created many classics that students love. During this lesson, students will get the opportunity to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book and favorite character with their class by creating a trading card. Students will use their creativity to develop a trading card on the computer. At the end of the lesson, students will trade their cards with their friends.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Old Is That Tree?
Description: One of the best ways to learn about a tree is to look at its annual rings. Tree rings show patterns of change in the tree's life as well as changes in the area where it grows. In this lesson, students will trace environmental changes using a cross- section of a tree trunk.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Computer Hunt
Description: This lesson is a technology-based project designed to demonstrate students' knowledge in keyboarding and Internet skills. It can be used as an assessment after a lesson on keyboarding and basic computer skills has been introduced.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dividing Words Into Syllables to Develop Reading Fluency
Description: Students will develop reading fluency using vocabulary from the book Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Leo and Diane Dillon. Students will participate in reading the story using the reader's theatre strategy. After being introduced to multiple-syllable words students, will practice building fluency by reading those words in the context of the story.


Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mystery Powder Investigation
Description: During this lesson, students will work individually to identify a mystery powder. Students will have the opportunity to test known powders with different substances and record observations. Students will develop a plan that can be used to identify the mystery powder (which can be one powder or a mixture of 2 or 3 powders). Students will enjoy exploring the mystery powder to determine what it contains.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who Sank the Boat?
Description: This lesson teaches the concept of measurement using grams and ounces through a student-created experiment. The students will get to test their own scientific predictions by constructing a boat and trying to sink it. This lesson provides students with an interactive way to learn about weight and buoyancy.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous African-Americans
Description: During this unit students will study the lives of famous African-Americans who have had an impact upon history or present day society. This interdisciplinary hands-on unit will incorporate the subjects of social studies, reading, language arts, and technology. After studying African-Americans and viewing a presentation, students will select (or be assigned) a person to research, write a biographical sketch about, and then create a newsletter depicting facts from that person's life. The entire unit will cover a two- to three-week period.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I Know What I Am... but, What Are You? (Classifying Living Things)
Description: During this lesson students will develop an understanding of how to classify living things and what creates the distinction among them. They will learn to classify living things by effects, environment, and activity.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Helen Who?
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the contributions of Helen Keller. The students will learn about Helen Keller through research on the Internet, a book, and a role-playing exercise.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Warm, Cool, Warm, Cool
Description: During this lesson, colors will become more meaningful to students. They will learn to recognize that certain colors make them have different feelings. They will begin to understand that colors can be use to create emotions. Students will have the opportunity to create a collage out of warm and cool colors. They will also be able to create a work of art on the Internet.


Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: This lesson will let students have a hands-on experience with the water cycle. They will learn the different parts of the water cycle through experiments and exploring the Internet.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Edible Alabama and Her Agricultural Resources
Description: This is a great culminating activity after a unit study on the natural resources of the state of Alabama. Students will investigate some of Alabama's agricultural resources and create a multimedia presentation about one of them or recipe brochure featuring Alabama resources. Students will then decorate cookies that have been cut into the shape of Alabama, with various food items to represent the agricultural resources found in Alabama.


Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who Will Be President?
Description: This lesson will allow students to experience the election process of an American President through a mock election. Students will learn the steps that must be followed in order to have an election. This is a great way to get students motivated to be involved in the election process.


Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Crowding Animals- How Close is Too Close?
Description: In this lesson students will explore the concept of crowding as it relates to people and animals. The main purpose of this lesson is for students to recognize the possible negative consequences to people and animals as a result of crowding.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Historic Indian Tribes of Alabama
Description: This lesson will focus on researching, analyzing, and comparing the culture of four Indian tribes from Alabama's history. The rich culture of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indian tribes contributed to the rich history of Alabama. Collaborative research in small groups will culminate in presenting knowledge with a variety of visual and oral presentations.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: USA--State Facts
Description: During this technology-based lesson, fifth grade students explore different states by locating information on the Internet. Students use the information they find and create a presentation to help their classmates learn about the states.


Subject: Science (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Why Roots, Stems, and Leaves are Important
Description: This lesson emphasizes the importance of roots, stems, and leaves to plants. Students will explore Internet sites and do a hands-on experiment to learn facts about these parts of plants.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's The Weather Like?
Description: Students will use the Internet to compare the weather forecast for their city with other cities throughout the United States each week during this unit. Data will be charted for a five-day period then analyzed and discussed.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The American Spy in Me
Description: This is a fun and innovative lesson that will allow students to travel through history in a most unique fashion. Through Internet research and video conferencing students will get a real blast from the past. Students will hold on to their seats as they travel back in history in order to learn about colonial espionage and spy rings. Students will enjoy reenacting history with themselves as the main characters. This lesson will help foster a better understanding of the American Revolution and the sacrifices made by our great patriots.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Numerator/Denominator Introduction
Description: This is an introductory lesson on numerators and denominators. Students will have the opportunity to practice dividing using hands-on activities.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Expository Essay: State Trip
Description: After researching a place/event of interest in Alabama, students write a five-paragraph essay. Students include maps and written directions to the location, describe activities and/or events associated with this location, include in this profile.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Teaching Art with Picture Books
Description: In this lesson, students will observe the work of artist Eric Carle, investigate the life of an illustrator, and make their own three-dimensional art project using tissue paper and paint.


Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Graph
Description: This lesson can be implemented during a study of different types of graphs that are used to display and organize data. Students collect and display data in a bar graph.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Never, Ever Give Up!
Description: This lesson plan introduces the importance of perseverance. Students will discover that success comes through perseverance. Students will also have the opportunity to research Abraham Lincoln on the Internet to document examples of perseverance.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Underground Railroad
Description: The Underground Railroad of the 1800's inspired talented writers of all ages. This lesson will integrate some of these famous writings to encourage students to develop their questioning techniques for analysis of literature while furthering their knowledge of this era in American history. As an extension of this study, students will create a class quilt to illustrate the depth of their research.


Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Skeletal System
Description: This lesson is designed to teach children about the skeletal system. Children will learn about the different bones that make up the body and be able to identify those bones. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the Internet to learn more about the skeleton.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Revolutionary War Patriots and Loyalists
Description: Students are assigned a prominent man or woman of the American Revolutionary War. The students will write a two-page report, create a poster person, and then present their research to the class in first person.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Native American Style
Description: In this lesson students will reinforce their knowledge about Native Americans and their culture. They will also be introduced to Native American writing. The students will read The Legend of The Indian Paintbrush by Tomie de Paolo to aid their learning. Finally, students will create their own writing using Native American pictographs.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), 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: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Political Cartoon Analysis
Description: Students will review and discuss how to evaluate the symbols and related meanings of political cartoons. The project will involve analyzing a current political cartoon, determining its meaning, and presenting the information to the class.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Description: Over time, volcanoes all over the world have caused the earth to change. Using various activities, research, and dynamic media, students will discover what causes volcanoes to erupt. They will learn different volcanic shapes and how volcanoes are predicted.


Subject: Science (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Lost in Space – A Solar System Study
Description: During this technology based lesson, students navigate the Internet to learn interesting information about the solar system. They use the information to complete a worksheet and to create a puzzle or challenge for their classmates.


Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Light, Dry and Nutritious - A Look at Dehydrated Food
Description: This is a hands-on, inquiry-based activity that involves study and exploration of dehydration and dehydrated foods. Students are actively involved in using math and science skills.


Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My Math Curse!
Description: Math is a part of our everyday life. Fifth grade students discover how math can help us at home, the store, etc. By exploring the Internet, students practice solving problems they may encounter in life. Their imagination is the limit when they create their own real life problems for their friends to solve.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Systems Every "body" Needs to Know
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore the human body through a WebQuest with Internet and multimedia resources provided for research. Students will create a cell diagram, write a letter, and create a slideshow presentation to demonstrate knowledge of the subject and appropriate use of technology.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: HeartLine Express
Description: During this lesson, students will plan and execute a week-long school-wide valentine sales business. From the Grand Plan to job applications, interviews, valentine production, advertising, sales and profits students are immersed in the job experience and using a variety of math skills.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Description: This unit will allow students to explore the world of plants and bees. Students will have the opportunity to observe plant growth, preform a plant life cycle play, and work on a multimedia presentation during this unit. The students will utilize the Internet to collect information about plants and bees during this lesson. This unit is a fun and interactive way for students to gain knowledge about plants and bees.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shopping for a Place Value!
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore the world of rounding. Students will use the real estate market to help them learn how to round to the nearest hundred thousand. Students will get to create their own real estate advertisement and navigate the Internet to learn about rounding.


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: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Math in Everyday Life
Description: In this lesson students will solve word problems involving time and money, focusing on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fractions. The students will also work with a partner to make up their own word problems and then gain practice solving word problems using various Internet sites.


Subject: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Look at Our Natural Environment
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research, analyze, and collect data on how the natural environment influenced the Native Americans long ago, and how it still influences us today. Using information gathered from the Internet, each student group will create a multimedia presentation and share it with the class.


Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: At Home in a Biome
Description: This lesson allows students to study and learn the names and characteristics of Earth's six major biomes. The biomes are introduced with a slideshow presentation. A paper-folding poster activity gives students the opportunity to reinforce what they have learned. The culminating activity, a diorama, provides an avenue for creativity as students create a three-dimensional model of a biome.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Quotations and Commas
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to learn the proper way to use quotations and commas. They will view information on the Internet and participate in online activities to help them master this concept.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Settling the West: Westward Expansion
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to experience the westward expansion through literature and the Internet. By creating a brochure and a slideshow presentation, students will become aware of the difficulties people faced through their travels.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Using Vivid Adjectives
Description: This upper elementary lesson focuses on the use of vivid adjectives to enhance student writing. Students will explore vivid adjectives in a variety of activities including thesaurus use and story development software.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wandering Alabama
Description: This lesson is a fun fact gathering mission! Alabama is rich in history, museums, natural and manmade attractions, and some just plain wacky attractions. Students will work in collaborative groups to create a guide to sites in Alabama with descriptions, map locations, expenses involved, and other useful information. Come on! Let's explore Alabama!


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Are Rainbows Created?
Description: Students will discover how the rays of the sun produce colors. In addition, students will learn how water causes the sun's rays to bend, producing rainbows. Students will also explore rainbows by navigating the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dewey Decimal Classification System Mural
Description: Students will select a book from an assigned section in the non-fiction area of the library. After reading the books, students will write a paragraph that summarizes the content area of the book. Students will illustrate the book that they read. Students will construct a mural by gluing their illustrations under the corresponding Dewey Decimal Classification. Students will make an oral presentation to the class in which they talk about the book they read.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dialogue with Student-Created Characters
Description: This lesson is designed to help students understand the importance of character development when writing stories of their own. It also helps them understand the process authors use when writing novels and other stories. During this lesson students will develop detailed, realistic dialogue between characters.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Cookie Monster Fraction Math
Description: Using cookies, students will learn parts of a whole. This is a hands-on, technology based lesson. Students will not only learn fractional parts of a whole, but will be able to eat the cookie when lesson is complete.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Charting the Weather
Description: During this lesson, students will gather data from temperature and water gauges set up on the playground to learn about weather patterns. Then students will build a spreadsheet with data related to temperature, wind direction and amount of rainfall. Once students have gathered and recorded the data they will write about how the weather has affected them and the playground.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Presenting the Water Cycle
Description: This unit will introduce students to the water cycle and the importance of water to all life. Students will be involved in several activities concerning the water cycle, and the unit will culminate with students creating and presenting multimedia presentations.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weather Word Search
Description: This lesson will give students the opportunity to search the Internet for weather-related words. The students will define weather words prior to creating their own weather word search.


Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Levers - Weight Lifters
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore levers through hands-on experiences and by navigating the Internet. This lesson allows students to use their experiences to determine how levers and other simple machines make work easier.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Elapsed Time: Planning a Field Trip
Description: The focus of this mathematics unit is on students planning for a trip to Montgomery. Students will have the opportunity to calculate elapsed time as well as the cost of different activities. Students will navigate the Internet to learn more about Montgomery and complete different tasks assigned during the lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals: Unique Creatures With Great Features
Description: During this unit of study, students will become knowledgeable of animals' characteristics, basic needs and habitats. The purpose of this unit is to educate students through investigation and research about various animals and the characteristics which link them to specific animal groups. Students will present information through models, oral reports and presentations.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Comparing Modes of Transportation
Description: In this lesson students will visit different websites in order to decide the best mode of transportation from their home town to New York City. Students will graph the results and write a persuasive paper.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Expressive Expressionist Faces
Description: Students will learn about Expressionist artists and the strategies they used in their artworks. The students will also produce an Expressionist artwork using some of those strategies as well as develop a slideshow presentation about an Expressionist artist.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: It’s My Party!
Description: Students will learn the value of money by planning their own birthday party. By using the Internet and a calculator, students will be given the opportunity for a practical real-life opportunity to solve a problem related to money exchange.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What was Right about the Wright Brothers?
Description: In this unit students will explore the lives of the Wright brothers. The end result will be a student-made documentary highlighting the factors that allowed the Wright brothers to succeed at manned flight when others before them had failed.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weather Instruments For Sale
Description: During this lesson, students will use knowledge they have learned about weather instruments to create a catalog advertisement. Students will use descriptive writing to advertise the use of the weather instrument. They will also use persuasive writing to get customers to purchase their weather instrument.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Equator and the Poles
Description: This lesson provides hands-on activities that will teach students about the poles and the equator. Students will be labeling a globe, recreating a globe within the classroom, and researching information on the Internet.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Where is the Dirt? A Lesson in Hydroponics
Description: This lesson will be developed around hydroponic gardening, the growing of plants without soil. Using the Internet, students will research hydroponics and share their knowledge with the class. A classroom hydroponic garden will be constructed for observation.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Jack's Beans
Description: During this lesson, the classic story of Jack and the Bean Stalk will spark an interest in plants with students. Students will explore the Internet, take a nature walk, and make observations to learn more about plants. A brochure will demonstrate their knowledge of plants.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: During this lesson, students will learn that water is constantly being recycled through the atmosphere and how this affects us. Students will explore the water cycle on the Internet. Students create different types of weather situations to see how the water cycle works. Mathematics skills will be used to determine results from the observations.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Friendly Letters
Description: This lesson teaches students the five parts of a friendly letter. Students will be able to write friendly letters utilizing the writing process. Students will visit various websites to learn more about writing friendly letters. Students will also create a letter by navigating a website on the Internet. The students will use a word processing program to develop their finished products.


Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Look To the Future
Description: This lesson is designed to encourage self-analysis of interests and skills as related to occupations, and to encourage future thought about a career identity or role. This lesson will allow students to organize career information to create a slideshow presentation that includes a scanned image of a drawing as they might see themselves in a future occupation. Students will also have the opportunity to create a newsletter help-wanted ads section using desktop publishing software to encourage exploration of various occupations.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Better Health in Computer Technology
Description: In this lesson students will learn the rationale for proper hand, eye, and body mechanics when using a computer. Students will discover how to properly use a computer by viewing a presentation, researching the Internet, and by creating their own slideshow presentation.


Subject: Arts Education (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Back in Time: Hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt
Description: There are over 500 ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Students will use the Internet to translate their names into hieroglyphs. They will use the translation to design a clay cartouche.


Subject: Arts Education (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Art of Rene Magritte
Description: This unit is about the artist, Rene Magritte. Students engage in hands-on research in various areas of art utilizing images, software, and Internet resources. Students will then create their own image, and work in groups to create a slideshow presentation on Magritte.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Time Flies
Description: This lesson plan is one of the first in a unit on telling time which addresses the following content areas: language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Students will read several resource books to gather information. They will then sequence information in a timeline. The final project will be a slideshow presentation.


Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native Americans
Description: During this lesson, students will recognize that Native Americans were the first inhabitants of our country. They will locate on a map where different tribes lived and compare and contrast different tribes' basic needs and customs.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Presidential Biographical Sketch
Description: Each student will choose a former President of the United States to research and present to the class. Students will develop timelines based on biographical information found through search engines on the Internet as well as in books, reference books, and periodicals. They will also write and give campaign speeches for their Presidential selections.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring the World of Cinderella Tales
Description: Students will read three different Cinderella tales, including tales from Africa, China, and America. Upon completion of a Venn diagram comparing the similarities and differences of these tales, the students will complete and present multimedia presentations showing their results.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Just Plain Living
Description: Students work through a teacher-prepared Webquest in order to learn about the art, food, shelter, clothing, etc. of the Plains Indians. Internet resources are used to collect information in order to make group presentations to the class. Students have the opportunity to decide among several projects to complete in order to demonstrate what they have learned.


Subject: Arts Education (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Rainforest Music
Description: During this lesson, the world of the rainforest will come alive. Students will have the opportunity to explore the music of the rainforest and create a musical instrument of their own. The Internet will be used as a tool to gather additional information for students to use in a multimedia presentation.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What a Jiffy Lesson
Description: During this lesson on George Washington Carver, students will learn about some of his accomplishments and participate in a hands-on activity of making homemade peanut butter. Students will research information about Carver on the Internet and create a short slide show describing important facts about Carver's life.


Subject: Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Move the Cherokee People
Description: During this lesson, students will explore facts about the Cherokee people, their history, their culture, and their future. This lesson will help students begin to realize how the actions of our predecessors affected people in the past and today. The Internet will be used as a research tool to help students learn more about the Trail of Tears. Students will also have the opportunity to produce a slideshow presentation to share their new knowledge about the Trail of Tears.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "Moments in Time" Lines
Description: This lesson will give students the opportunity to share important events in their lives while learning to make a timeline.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Use Simple Machines to Help Stuart Little
Description: Students will use their knowledge of simple machines to design a way to bring a birthday package into the Little's living room, using simple and complex machines to make this job easier to do.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creating State Brochures
Description: Students will work in pairs to research online and/or in print a chosen state and create a travel brochure incorporating the information gathered.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Because of Winn-Dixie: A New Point of View
Description: This is a language arts lesson concentrating on point of view and narrative writing. Using the novel Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, students practice retelling part of a story from another point of view.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), 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: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Ready, Set,...Research!
Description: Students will have the opportunity to do research on a weather topic in which they are interested. This lesson will teach the students how to use dictionaries, encyclopedias, resource books and the Internet to find facts about the weather. The students will have a time limit in order to help them learn to use their time wisely.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Probability Paper Bags
Description: The students will use paper bags with color tiles to calculate probability of colors. This is a fun activity to use with the students. The objectives of probability are taught in a non-threatening way.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Patriotic Symbols
Description: Alabama has many patriotic symbols that characterize the state. This lesson plan covers five state symbols associated with the State of Alabama. This lesson will help the students learn interesting facts about each of the symbols and explore more state symbols on the Internet.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Equivalent Fractions
Description: This lesson helps students discover how to obtain equal fractions by using both fraction strips and playing a fraction matching game. Students will learn that to obtain equal fractions they will need to multiply the numerator and denominator by the same number.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multimedia Book Report
Description: This lesson gives students a clear understanding of how to create a slide show presentation using PowerPoint. The students will use this information to create a slide show book report.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Do Citizens Make Government Work?
Description: This five-session unit will provide hands-on opportunities for students to explore local, state and national governments. In the process, students will use technology and print media to learn about the leaders of each level of government and explore citizenship as a way to make a difference in their communities and nation.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Classification
Description: In this lesson, students will discuss the classification of animals. They will work in groups to research and present classification information about a selected group of animals.


Subject: Science (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Antarctic Adventures!
Description: This month-long ongoing lesson will give the students opportunities to learn more about Antarctica. They will investigate and research specific information and use it to create a notebook and an information table.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Washington, DC Report
Description: Students will utilize the Internet to complete the DC Report during their study of Colonial American history and Washington, DC. They will demonstrate their understanding of the material through a written report using the three modes of writing. (This report may be given in its entirety or it may be broken up into sections.)


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Producing Multimedia Products in Grades 3-5
Description: In this lesson, students, working individually or in groups, will combine two or more media elements to produce projects or presentations. Various elements the teacher and students will consider using are; text, digital cameras, scanners, sound, and video.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth's Changing Surface
Description: During this unit, students will identify the various landforms found on the earth's surface. Also, students will describe how these landforms are created and changed by the natural forces within the earth and on its surface, as well as the unnatural impact of humans. Finally, students will create a slide presentation to display this information.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Honey Bees
Description: The students will do research to learn the various functions of bees within the hive and understand the process of making honey. Students will use numerous resources to find their information including the Internet, library books, encyclopedias, and their science textbooks.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Looking at Conestoga Wagons
Description: This lesson combines information literacy and technology skills with subject area skills. It is designed to be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. The topic of conestoga wagons is reseached from the perspective of a scientist, mathematician, English teacher, artist, geographer, engineer, or historian.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Character Education - Integrity
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to identify some of the skills and attitudes that are essential for solving problems effectively. This lesson will be implemented as part of a character education unit on integrity. The meaning of integrity is investigated and discussed through the use of research skills, open-ended discussions, digital photography, and cooperative learning experiences.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), 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: English Language Arts (2 - 4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System
Description: This lesson introduces the Dewey Decimal System of numbering used for arranging nonfiction books on the shelves of an elementary school library.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Olympics 2004 Treasure Hunt
Description: This lesson is centered around an Olympics 2004 Treasure Hunt designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the history of the Olympic games and to generate interest in the modern Olympic games. Students are able to see the differences in the ancient games and today's modern games after viewing the Internet sites about the ancient Olympics and comparing those games to the modern Olympic events. Successful completion of the project requires that students navigate the Internet, work together, manage time wisely, and follow specific directions.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
Description: In this lesson students will learn a few basic copyright concepts such as how copyright helps a creator control any changes to his/her work.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Regions of the United States
Description: This lesson provides a variety of activities for the student to become aware of the regions in our country. They will learn the geography and natural resources and how these influence the way of life of the people living in a region.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Communicating in a Technological World
Description: Through utilizing the Internet to discover technological advances in the 20th century and interviewing relatives and friends who experienced these changes in communication, students will discover firsthand how technology has changed communication.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), 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: Physical Education (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Big Top Jugglers
Description: A circus theme brings excitement to children. Juggling is a challenging task that demands practice and repetition to learn. Students will develop a better understanding of the background and history of the circus as well as improve hand-eye coordination skills by juggling.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The History of Space Exploration
Description: In this lesson students develop a time line of important events in relation to space exploration.


Subject: Arts Education (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's Your Style?
Description: Through collaboration with the art teacher and library media specialist, students will use various electronic information sources to research an artist and discover the style of the artist through examination of the artist's work. Students will create their own miniatures in the style of their artist. A poster will be used to present their research information and miniatures. The art teacher will provide instruction concerning the basic concepts of presentation using a poster.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Spanish Travel Brochures
Description: Students will incorporate information from Internet research in creating original travel brochures for Spanish speaking countries using word processing or publishing software. Students could alternatively create wikis or podcasts.


Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Brochure
Description: In this lesson students will learn about the state in which they live by using child-friendly Web sites to collect facts and pictures about Alabama.


Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Chemical Reaction in a Bag
Description: Students will use scientific methods in creating and observing a chemical reaction.


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animal Adaptations
Description: Students use technology tools to research and produce a multimedia product on animals and their habitats. This a collaborative project involving the library media specialist, classroom teacher, and special education teacher.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dream Vacation
Description: This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technology-based project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 6), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Now You See Me...Now You Don't!
Description: An animal’s physical characteristics, such as its body color, may give it a better chance of survival. For example, the body colors of many animals blend with their background. In this investigation, students will see that body color may help some animals survive by making them nearly invisible to predators. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of camouflage as an animal adaptation.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creature Comforts
Description: What do living things need to survive? In this unit, students explore different habitats and the adaptations made by living things to survive. Students will create a website matching an animal’s adaptations to its environment. Then, they will contribute a slide to a multimedia presentation of imaginary creatures and their adaptations to a habitat.


Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Better Living Through Science
Description: This lesson involves research on scientists whose accomplishments have impacted areas of nutrition, sanitation, or health care. Students will research an area of their choice, record information on a graphic organizer, and use the information to write a five-paragraph narrative essay to present to the class.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Native Americans and Their Environment
Description: The students will research Native American groups and relate how the environment affected their lifestyles and cultures. The students will create a slideshow presentation depicting this relationship. The students will compare Native American groups in order to observe the differences in their lifestyles and cultures.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explosive Fun with Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson the students will work in groups to make their own volcanoes and learn the different aspects of a volcano.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Delicious Fractions
Description: This lesson will be implemented during a study of fractions. Manipulatives and the Internet will be used to explore fractions.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Career Capers
Description: This lesson will focus on career/job information. This interdisciplinary lesson integrates reading, writing, interview and research skills. Students will research careers through print and on-line sources, conduct interviews, and present their findings in a written/oral report.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Parts of a Friendly Letter
Description: The teacher will use charts, worksheets, and websites to orient students about the five parts of a friendly letter.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Big Dropper – The Life Cycle of a Raindrop
Description: Students will research the Internet, Alabama Virtual Library, online and printed encyclopedias, and other reference material to gather information on the water cycle. Students will then use the gathered data to create a slideshow presentation and a newsletter demonstrating their understanding of the water cycle.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Math in the Outdoors: A Geometric Scavenger Hunt
Description: Math activities taught outdoors enable students to learn important math skills as they explore their natural environment. This lesson will allow students to associate math experiences directly with life situations.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Elapsed Time
Description: Students will discover and practice finding elapsed time using student clocks.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Abundant Area
Description: This is an inquiry and technology-based lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problem-solving strategies to solve the real-life problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama the Beautiful
Description: This hands–on unit combines social studies, map skills, writing, and technology. Researching famous Alabamians and exploring the state's landmarks help students develop an appreciation for their state.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Clay Animation
Description: This is a hands-on, technology-based project to incorporate creative writing and technology in the classroom. Clay Animation is one way of presenting a story in a nonverbal way.


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: Science (K - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted Dead or Alive!
Description: In this lesson students will identify the characteristics of living and nonliving things.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Description: This lesson will focus on how bills become laws. This interdisciplinary lesson combines social studies, language arts and reading skills and concepts. Students will research the topic through the Internet and other digital resources and then present information gathered orally and visually.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: It's Not Just a Job
Description: Students will use various electronic information sources to research and create a multimedia presentation on a career and a well-known person engaged in that career field. They will be expected to use CD-ROM and Internet sources and create a bibliography.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Technology and You
Description: In this lesson students will use the Internet to find examples of how technology has impacted human lives. They will then determine of what value these are to their own lives.


Subject: Arts Education (4 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
Description: This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Power of the Presentation
Description: Students will research an endangered African animal using resources from the Alabama Virtual Library and other Internet sites, and then design and present a persuasive and informative digital slideshow presentation on the animal and how to prevent extinction.


Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Digital Slideshows: PowerPoint for the Novice
Description: Students will learn how to use presentation software to enhance learning. Student-created digital slideshow presentations can span the curriculum. Each student will prepare a presentation in one of the following curriculum areas: reading/literature, mathematics, social studies, or science. The presentations will be created in the classroom or in the technology/computer lab. Students will access the Internet, Alabama Virtual Library, and local libraries for their information.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Koko’s Kitten by Dr. Francine Patterson
Description: After reading Koko’s Kitten, students will use the koko.org website to learn more about Koko the gorilla, send an email message to Koko, see Koko use sign language and learn from Koko how to sign three words.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous Alabamians: Helping Me Learn How I, Too, Can Make a Difference!
Description: In this unit, students will work to create their choice of a presentation on an Alabama citizen who has made a difference in the state, as well as the nation.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Social Studies 3rd Grade Career Day
Description: The students will develop an understanding of specialized work and learn more about a career they choose to research. The students will use a digital camera and scanner to enhance their career notebook/portfolios. The students will use various sources to gather, interpret, and analyze information.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals as Pets: Everything You Need to Know
Description: Choosing pets and caring for them appropriately is important for children. Many times children choose a pet without knowing the responsibility that is involved in pet care. In this lesson the students will work in pairs to research and present detailed information about a selected animal, including specifics about the animal and how to care for it as a pet.


Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Water Dilemma - Mapping Dragonfly Pond
Description: This is a hands-on, technology rich lesson involving wetlands and the effects humans and human development have on these precious ecosystems. This is a follow-up lesson to a wetlands introduction and discussion.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: First Day with the Computer - Beginning Computer Lesson for Grades 3-5
Description: This lesson is designed to give hands-on experience to students during their first week at the computer. Students will learn correct positioning at the computer desk. Students will also learn proper positioning of their hands on the keyboard. Discussion will include benefit for correct positioning with the computer.


Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mitosis: Divide to Survive
Description: This lesson includes a Power Point presentation that will guide the students through an investigation of mitosis, or cellular division. The lesson will review the basic functions and parts of animal and plant cells and then introduce the process of cellular mitosis and division. The lesson's graphics will stimulate student interest and deepen understanding.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Do You Have a Babushka?
Description: This lesson will familiarize students with the author Patricia Polacco. Students will use appropriate resources to gather information about Polacco, categorize the information, and record it in a graphic organizer (concept map).


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Biographies of the 20th Century
Description: In this lesson, students will recognize and examine the lives of Alabamians who have impacted the lives of others and the history of the state with their notable contributions during the first half and last half of the twentieth century. This interdisciplinary lesson relates social studies, language arts and reading. Through this inquiry study, students will choose one of the famous Alabamians, research the person's contributions, write a short biographical summary, and as an extension, create a 3-D scan picture relating to the life and times of the individual.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring Explorers
Description: Students will create a video in talk-show format about explorers from the 15th-17th centuries. They will utilize books, the Alabama Virtual Library, and the Internet for reference. Groups of students will answer who, what, when, where, and why questions and then use that information to write a script for the video.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Using Technology in Teaching Reading
Description: Elementary students, while working on their basal reader story for the week, will use various forms of technology to increase comprehension and other reading skills. (Other strategies may be substituted if some of the technology mentioned is not available.)


Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Endangered Species: What are they and how can we help them?
Description: The topic of endangered species is one that needs to be addressed with every student. As more and more plants and animals become extinct, students, as inhabitants of this ecosystem, need to be aware that human actions affect the planet. The purpose of this lesson is to educate students on endangered species and to provide them with basic knowledge of the causes of these tragic extinctions.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fly Away With Averages
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that allows students to gather their own data before finding the mean. This activity is the culminating activity of a mean, median and mode unit.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Forces That Change the Land
Description: Students will use websites and other resources to find information about the following landforms: mountains, canyons, and valleys.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Simple Machines Webquest
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore simple machines through a Webquest with Internet resources provided for research of simple machines. Students then create a report, with pictures, in Word, and finally, invent their own simple machine for presentation.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Sun and the Earth
Description: The students will understand the relationship between the Earth and the sun and how this relationship affects observable phenomena on Earth, such as the seasons. The activity will help students learn about these concepts and will reinforce their understanding by having them diagram the position of the Earth in relation to the the sun during different seasons.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Would you fit in with the Cherokees?
Description: By gaining knowledge of other cultures, students will gain respect and appreciation for all people. Students will also become more interested in their own culture by exploring their own beliefs and customs.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Trip to Disneyland or Disney World, Part Two      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, student groups use data collected in the previous lesson to plan a trip to Disneyland or Disney World. Students determine not only elapsed time and distance, but extend their problem-solving to figuring meals, lodging, air travel, and incidentals. As they tackle this more complex task. Teachers have opportunity to observe students growing competence with methods and tools for computation, estimation, problem-posing and solving, interpretation of graphical representations, measuring with standard units, and responding to investigations that require the comparison of data sets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Notes, Quotes, and Fact Fragments      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are guided through the process of taking notes while reading factual information, then turning those notes into new sentences and paragraphs written in their own words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies
Title: Music from Across America      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students listen to a variety of popular, traditional and ethnic American music--from the evocative sounds of Native American drumming to the lively sounds of zydeco music from Louisiana. To develop their listening skills, students use worksheets to record their impressions about the music they hear. In addition to learning about musical instruments and the geographic and cultural context of music, students are encouraged to think about and express their personal responses to music.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Educational Technology,Social Studies
Title: More Amazing Americans: A WebQuest      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students use the Meet Amazing Americans Web site created by the Library of Congress to explore the lives of some celebrated Americans. Working in small groups, they complete a WebQuest, identifying facts and locating different types of information in order to determine the criteria used for selecting these Amazing Americans. In addition, they nominate their own candidates for the title of Amazing American, using additional Web sites to create a profile of their nominee.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Picture Books to Teach Characterization in Writing Workshop      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore character development through experiences with picture books. They learn about the connections between reading and writing and apply the information they learn to revisions of their own writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Examining Electronic Sources      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students evaluate and rate the relevance of electronic resources as they research information about their state.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Hints about Print      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from a research skills unit, students examine abstracts on selected books to determine their relevance and helpfulness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Skim, Scan, and Scroll      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from a research skills unit, students read informational text, looking for supporting details. They practice skimming and scanning print resources, and scrolling through electronic resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits      Add Bookmark
Description: Students find examples of adjectives in a shared reading. Then students '' become'' major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using powerful adjectives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Genre Study      Add Bookmark
Description: Multidimensional, challenging, and popular with students, comics provide an excellent way to introduce the concept of genres.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.      Add Bookmark
Description: After thinking about TV shows, books, and movies from their childhood, students write about what they remember and revisit how they feel about it at an older age.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Where's Everyone Going?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students explore the changes in America transportation over time as they match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Drive Through Time      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras and create a photo album of their trip using period photographs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: QARs + Tables = Successful Comprehension of Math Word Problems      Add Bookmark
Description: Using census data for an example, students use the question-answer relationship (QAR) strategy to understand and solve word problems that refer to tables and other graphics.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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