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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Shaping the Future
Description: Students will utilize new found knowledge of architectural design and engineering to apply math and science skills in building a structure. By using interactive websites, they will create scale drawing plans and design and engineer a card structure that should withstand the weight of a regular textbook.  


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Genetics: Peas to Blood Types
Description: Students will complete an online tutorial about what makes up a person's blood type, how blood types are determined, and which blood types can transfuse safely.


Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Creating Games from ”SCRATCH”:  Computer Programming
Description: This lesson is a collaborative lesson between Margaret Rice and Kay Emfinger.  In this lesson, students will learn how to use Scratch, a computer programming language.  Students will then work collaboratively to create an educational game using Scratch.   This is a hands-on lesson.  Students will use conditionals and operators in their game design. Students will use 21st century skills that include Information & Communication Skills, Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills, and Interpersonal & Self-Directional Skills.


Subject: Social Studies (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: European History Art Presentations
Description: The students are assigned an artist from the period of European history that the class is studying at the time of the assignment.  The students will research their artist and write a one page paper giving the general background information on the artist.  Additionally, the student will create a visual presentation of the artists' work and make a first person presentation to the class lasting not more than ten minutes.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Bee's Knees of the 1920s
Description: This is a culminating activity to an American history unit on "The Roaring 20s."  Students will work in groups to research notable individuals from the 1920s and apply that knowledge to create a digital poster using Glogster.   This poster will "advertise" these important characters and their impact on American history.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Interest.....ing Math Lesson
Description: Eventually everyone will need to borrow money for one reason or another. A good understanding of how interest works will go a long way when applying for a loan. In this lesson students will complete a KWL chart about the purchase of a new vehicle. Students will visit several Websites where they will be able to practice computing simple interest. Then students will have an opportunity to compute simple interest problems that are located in a interactive whiteboard presentation. Students will also answer several written questions about simple interest. They will also create a presentation that will contain information that they gathered during one of the activities that are included in this lesson.


Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Giver - Authority
Description: A unit lesson using the book The Giver by Louis Lowry that will have students be researchers and recorders in the process of finding information on Utopian societies, cults and authority. Students will complete a Powerpoint, Glogster, essay or news broadcast by the conclusion of the essay.  


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Constructing Narratives: A Unit Plan for Taking Apart and Reconstructing Stories
Description: This lesson is designed as a project-based unit plan that will take students through the narrative process from deconstruction to construction.  After initial discussion, students will use the Interactive Story Map feature at Read Write Think to deconstruct a short story.  Students will use pictures to put together a PowerPoint-based storyboard that other students will use to construct a story.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting
Description: This lesson is a persuasive strategy lesson plan for Tuck Everlasting. It allows the student to incorporate technology in the development of an original thirty second commercial.


Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Poetry and Music Fun with Chris Daughtry
Description: This language arts lesson grabs students' attention by incorporating a popular musician. The lyrics to "Over You" include vivid language that makes identifying figures of speech intriguing. The students will identify similes, metaphors, and hyperbole within the lyrics. The students will analyze the lyrics and create an MP3 file or podcast with their analysis.


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: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: University and College Tuition Webquest
Description: This is a technology-based and interdisciplinary project incorporating mathematics, language, and technology standards. Each student will research on the university's website: location, the mission statement, historical and interesting facts, and the tuition costs (for which they will have to compute the median, range, and mean). Each student will use other Internet sources to find the distance from home. An expository essay explaining the importance of researching about universities and a PowerPoint presentation will also be requirements of the project.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal, or Just Plain Rude?
Description: Cell phones, love them or hate them, most everyone (especially students) think they can't live without one. Lines for usage are blurred for students who have no memory of never having a portable phone to use. This lesson is designed for upper middle and high students to examine ethical, moral and health issues involving cell phone use.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Are the Chances?
Description: Students will use technology to investigate probability from basic terms to the theoretical probability of events.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 Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Find that Height!
Description: The students are to find the height of several objects around the school. They will set up proportions in order to find the height of tall objects not easily measured. Students will use a digital camera to record the objects they are measuring.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: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Probability with Tree Diagrams
Description: Following an Illuminations lesson on tree diagrams and probability, students work independently using a PowerPoint tutorial. The PowerPoint tutorial attachment provides review and practice problems.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 (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Geometry City
Description: In this lesson, students will review coordinate plane concepts, practice map skills, review shapes, transform geometric figures, and calculate the area and perimeter of figures.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 (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Inventions Using Simple Machines Project
Description: Students will have completed a unit on the six simple machines (lever, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle) before beginning this project. Students will choose to investigate an invention composed of one or more simple machines that has already been invented, or they will choose to build a device composed of one or more simple machines. The invention must be safe to operate and it should be one that can be demonstrated at school. It should be one that students use themselves in everyday life. It should not be complicated.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 (6 - 8), or Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Early Americas Civilizations PowerPoint
Description: This lesson is for cooperative learning groups. This lesson will take place in the classroom and the computer lab. Students will create PowerPoints on the early Americas civilizations of the Hohokam, Anasazi, Mississipians, Inuit, Iroquis, Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Students will compare these early Americas civilizations. Students will explain the government, culture and society of each of the above groups. Students will also create a codex on themselves using information learned from the Mayan codices.


Subject: Science (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Physical and Chemical Changes, A Demonstration
Description: Students will compare and contrast physical and chemical changes. They will view a website describing the components of cosmetics. Students will aid the teacher in preparing a dessert made with physical and chemical changes. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (5 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Determining pH
Description: This lesson provides both hands-on and technology-based activities to reinforce measurement of pH. The characteristics of acids and bases are reviewed. Students evaluate pH through the use of indicators in the lab. An enhancement opportunity is provided by using an interactive website. 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 (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Plants
Description: Students will take notes on plants and as a review they will create a multimedia presentation on topics learned including information about their favorite flower. For the duration of the lesson students will also solve and create help wanted ads based on plant organs. 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 (7), or Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Path to Positive
Description: Using the story Less than Zero by Stuart Murphy, students relate money matters to positive and negative numbers as a real-life correlation. Incorporated into this lesson, students play the path to positive game where they are required to add integers.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 (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Washed Away
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about water erosion. They will view pictures and videos, complete drawings, and work in collaborative groups as they research types of water erosion (rill, gully, sheet, and channel). Students will also connect water erosion to deposition.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 (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ultraviolet Radiation
Description: An interactive PowerPoint will be used to introduce the electromagnetic spectrum. Students use UV beads to observe changes caused by the sun's rays and evaluate sunscreen effectiveness. Harmful effects of UV exposure will be described along with preventative measures.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 (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: If Earth No Longer Existed. . .
Description: Students will work in cooperative groups to research characteristics of each of the planets in our solar system. Students will design a travel brochure outlining the characteristics of each planet. Each group will make an oral presentation on their brochure.


Subject: Arts Education (1), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Botany Scavenger Hunt Where's the Ginkgo?
Description: Students use a science nature journal to log in plants native to Alabama. They sketch pictures of leaves, identify the special characteristics of the plant, and describe the environment where it was found. They also research special characteristics and classifiy the plant. 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 (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Endangered Species
Description: Students research and create a brochure project on an endangered species of their choice integrating aspects of math, science, social studies, art, reading and writing. This project allows the students to make connections across the curriculum. Students present their ideas to a group of peers persuading the group to help save or become interested in helping the endangered species. Students are also encouraged to make connections between the activities of the human population and their effect on the natural world. This project may be completed using the media center computers, computer lab, or individual computers as a homework project. 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 (7), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 8), or Mathematics (6), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are What You Eat
Description: Girls and boys explore the connections between a well-balanced diet and a healthy body. Students keep a food diary, then compare their diet to the recommended daily allowance of food servings. Students use Thinkfinity websites to examine and explore food labels and the nutrients in various foods. They examine their own diet and come up with a healthy eating plan that they can live with using the MyPryamid.gov website. Students will then research diseases in our society related to diet and nutrition and present their findings to the class in a presentation form of their choice. 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 (8 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comparing Solvents
Description: Students will investigate the effects of solvents in cleaning by designing and carrying out an experiment utilizing the steps of the scientific method. A video is used as an introduction to the concept of solvents. Hazardous effects of solvents are also discussed.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 (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about the three main types of volcanoes. Students will watch videos, complete drawings and diagrams, and work in collaborative groups as they investigate cinder cone, composite, and shield volcanoes. Students will also review the positive and negative effects of volcanoes.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: 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: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Fasching
Description: A 5-8 day project that divides students into groups and allows a greater number of students to benefit from two computers in my classroom.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Graphing for Dollars
Description: This is a collaborative effort between Leo Straughn, Riley Robinson and Barbara Lucassen. It is a lesson for cooperative learning groups of 2-3 students. This lesson will take place in the classroom if there is computer access or in a computer lab. This lesson uses a real-world scenario to teach students how to evaluate an account balance by creating a linear equation. From this equation, the students will determine the slope and y-intercept and create a graphical representation of the account balance. Students will use this graph to extrapolate information to answer probing questions.


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: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Shape Are You?
Description: In this lesson, students will read "The Greedy Triangle" by Marilyn Burns, participate in class activities to classify two- and three-dimensional shapes, produce a powerpoint describing a chosen shape, and make a picture of themselves as one of the shapes.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Effects of Drug Abuse
Description: Students will be able to describe the dangerous consequences of drug abuse. Students will learn that illegal drugs are harmful to the drug abuser and to others.


Subject: Mathematics (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hardships During the Great Depression
Description: Students will be divided into groups of 2 or more. Each group will be given a choice of jobs that were available during the 1930s. Students will learn to manage their cost of living and household expenses.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Congress: Requirements for Office, Members Currently Serving in the United States Congress, and Characteristics and Experiences Needed for Election to Public Office
Description: The students will research and present a computer slide-show on the requirements of office of the Senate and the House of Representatives and a special focus on the two Senators and a House member from one selected state. The students will create an election brochure in which they themselves will run for one of the above offices.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring Asia
Description: Students (in groups of 2 or 3) will gather information on an assigned Asian country. After organizing the required information, students will develop a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain
Description: Students research the history and the traditions surrounding the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and bullfighting and its significance to the Spanish culture. Students submit a typed report on their findings and in pairs present those findings to the class.


Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching Mark Twain's Early Life and Experiences
Description: This lesson requires students to use the Internet to research the early life of Mark Twain and the influence of his childhood experiences on his writing. The lesson includes letter writing, reading, role playing, and working in a group to create a slideshow presentation.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Long Way From Chicago: Web Search
Description: Used as an introduction to the reading of Richard Peck's book, A Long Way From Chicago, this lesson is designed to familiarize students with topics that help them to better understand the setting of the novel. Students search the Internet for information and present their findings to the class in an oral presentation.


Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
Description: Before reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, students examine different aspects of Victorian Life in London through a variety of research projects requiring hands-on computer activities.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring the Culture of Europe
Description: In this technology-based lesson, students will create a slideshow presentation or a travel brochure to highlight attractions in a chosen country and the historical significance of each attraction. Students will present their created products to the class at the end of a European culture study.


Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Compass Skills Scavenger Hunt
Description: During this lesson students take a reading with a compass and use the compass to reach multiple checkpoints. Students also demonstrate their knowledge by locating specific coordinates that spell out a phrase.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Copyright Laws and What They Mean To You - Don't Get Branded With the "P" of Plagiarism!
Description: This lesson teaches an overview of copyright laws and the consequences of plagiarism. Students practice paraphrasing short passages and identifying instances of plagiarism.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Vamos a Viajar
Description: Students will learn about Spanish-speaking countries around the world. They will create brochures or newsletters to illustrate their research.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Heritage Project
Description: This research project requires students to connect with the past by researching both primary and secondary sources for family history. Their findings are presented in a keepsake portfolio and in a multimedia presentation comparing the historical time period of an ancestor to their own.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who's Who on Olympus and Why Should I Care?
Description: References to mythology extend far beyond the basic exploration of a genre. This unit will serve as an exploration of the creation myth across cultures, an introduction to the major Greek gods and goddesses, and an opportunity to link mythology to today's world. Students will research and create a newsletter on a creation myth and the culture from which it came. They will also plan and present a slideshow presentation about a major god or goddess of ancient Greece, including allusions to him/her in today's world.


Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comets
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore comets. By navigating the Internet, viewing a slideshow, and participating in a videoconference with NASA, students will discover what comets are all about.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Let's Make A Change
Description: A business marketing class and a family and consumer science class collaborate to redecorate the Oval Office for a newly-elected President from Alabama. One class researches the history of the Oval Office and the other supplies the measurements, colors, and furniture choices for the redecoration. A budget is prepared, a spreadsheet utilized, design boards made, and presentation projects created. (The lesson can be adapted for one class.)


Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Let's Celebrate in Her Honor
Description: In this lesson, students use the Internet to research influential women in history. Each student then chooses a woman worthy of having a holiday named in her honor and designs a slideshow presentation defending the choice.


Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hold Fast To Your Dreams: The Sound and Sense of Langston Hughes
Description: Students investigate poetry form as they research the life of Langston Hughes. They perform the lyrics of his poetry, participate in a distance learning program from Cleveland Institute of Music, and produce computer-generated brochures and booklets as they execute this lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: We're Talking Baseball!
Description: During this lesson students use mathematical skills to determine baseball statistics. They can locate their favorite players' stats on the Internet and determine batting average and slugging percentage.


Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Oral Presentation of Favorite Celebrity
Description: Using the Internet to research facts about a favorite celebrity, students gain the organizational and oral presentation skills needed to successfully deliver an effective speech and slideshow presentation.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Cite Online Resources and Complete Bibliographic Citations
Description: After research in the Alabama Virtual Library, students will write a paragraph essay and use an online citation utility to create bibliographic citations for an online encyclopedia, an online magazine, and a print resource. Copying and pasting the URL address, students will use word processing to create a bibliography.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Camelot Times: Writing a Newspaper
Description: As part of a unit on Arthurian literature and medieval culture, students imagine they are reporters living in the realm of King Arthur and create newsletters/newspapers based on their study and research.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.


Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: This Business Called Learning: Advertising
Description: After analyzing the techniques of propaganda in commercial advertising, students work in cooperative "business" groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial.


Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Oral Presentations on French Impressionism
Description: Students research and present an artist from the period of French Impressionism. Presentations include a biography and examples of the artist's work. After the presentations, students produce sidewalk chalk paintings.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Modeling and Adding Integers Using Numbers Lines and Counters
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to add integers and apply this lesson to real life situations. In this lesson students will model and add integers using number lines and counters through the use of technology-based resources. Hands-on activities and class discussions will enhance and reinforce the objectives.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: African-American Scientists and Inventors
Description: Besides George Washington Carver, what other African-Americans made contributions to American life? The class will explore the careers of famous and not-so-famous African-American scientists and inventors. Also, they will plan and present a slideshow on five of these individuals and explain why each is significant.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ah-Choo!!!
Description: An infectious disease is the breakdown in the structure or function of a living organism. In this lesson, seventh grade science students will discover that diseases can be caused by many different factors. Students will research an infectious disease and create an informative brochure to demonstrate what they have learned.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Description: In this lesson, students will learn how high blood pressure can affect the body without one being aware of it. Using the Internet, students will learn causes, preventive measures, and treatment plans. Students will learn how lifestyle and heredity impacts high blood pressure.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
Description: This lesson will concentrate on the differences between drug abuse and drug misuse, effects of drugs on the body, and effects of alcohol and tobacco on the body.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.


Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Tree of Life
Description: This is a lesson to help students understand the phylogeny of organisms and how all organisms are linked in a certain way. By navigating an Internet site, students will learn how organisms are classified.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Traffic Jams in the Circulatory System!
Description: Students will discover how atherosclerosis can cause plaque build up in the inner walls of arteries leading to hardening of the arteries which leads to cardiac disease. Students will research atherosclerosis using the Internet and prepare a slide show presentation to communicate the causes and effects of atherosclerosis. Each student will complete a newsletter or brochure to motivate other students, teachers, and staff to monitor diet.


Subject: Physical Education (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Pickle-Ball
Description: Students will be introduced to the sport of Pickle-Ball through a slideshow presentation by the teacher (attached). Students will then conduct research on the Internet and design a simple newsletter on the sport of Pickle-Ball. Topics to be covered are: rules, equipment, court dimensions, and history. Students will then work on the specific sport skills of the serve, forehand return, backhand return, the lob, the volley, smash and special shots. Individual skills will be introduced at the beginning of each class period. Students will then participate in single and doubles matches to give them practice opportunities. At the conclusion of the unit students will be given a hands-on skills post-test and complete a written test to evaluate their performance.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Description: This lesson introduces students to Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. After considering the impact of Ms. Parks' heroism, students will explore its relevance to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn new vocabulary and will answer a questionnaire that will be published on the web. Students will then create a tribute to Rosa Parks' heroism that will be submitted to a classroom book.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Fighting for Gender and Racial Equality
Description: In this lesson students will examine the lives of key leaders and events in the fight for gender and racial equality at the turn of the 20th century. Through this inquiry study students will choose one of these leaders or events to research. The research content will be the basis of a written summary on an individual or event. The students will also create a visual aide or role-play relating the life and times of the individual or event.


Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Wow! What a trip!
Description: Students are sent back in time to Europe during the Middle Ages. They will stay for five days. They are taking a camera and a journal with them. They will present their journals and their pictures to the class when they return.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Escape to Freedom
Description: Students will read Number the Stars by Lois Lowrey. This novel about World War II, the Holocaust, and heroism, provides the topic for an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary lesson. Students will utilize their skills in technology and research to learn why there are dictators like Hitler, followers like the Nazis, and people from all walks of life who endanger their lives for the good of others.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Computer Lab Rules and Technology Ethics
Description: Middle school students create presentations or newsletters to demonstrate appropriate behavior while using the computer lab, copyright laws concerning the use of Internet images and web sites, and Internet safety.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Transportation to the Western Frontier
Description: There were several modes of transportation for early settlers to use when they moved to the west. Students will research and document four modes of transportation using the Internet and print resources in the library.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Study Of Human Geography
Description: Geographers are social scientists who are interested in human activities as well as the physical environment. Human geography includes a wide range of topics, such as the study of languages, religions, customs, economics, and political systems. A special focus of human geography is demography. This social science is the study of populations, including such topics as birth, marriage, migration, and death.


Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Confucius Changes China By: Gina Merritt & Kimberly Phillips
Description: In this lesson students analyze Confucianism and its effect on conflicts in China. Students will evaluate an excerpt from The Analects of Confucius to realize the usefulness of Confucius' teachings and create an original cartoon using Confucius' teachings to illustrate conflict resolution that occurs in modern times.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: German Food and Eating Customs
Description: Working in small groups, students plan and serve a typical German supper, using the studied vocabulary to express their needs and opinions. Presentations of cultural customs, cultural differences, and menus make efficient use of limited computer access. (The lesson is easily adapted to other culture studies.)


Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Rookie Project
Description: This is a three-part writing project which includes a research paper, a creative short story, and a movie review inspired by the movie, The Rookie. The lesson is easily adapted to other appropriate films of similar themes.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Newspapers: Facts and Opinions
Description: In order to sharpen a student's understanding of the differences between facts and opinions, this lesson incorporates both the close reading of a newspaper and the writing of a factual article and a letter to the editor.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Harlem Renaissance Unit
Description: This unit on the history and contribution of the Harlem Renaissance combines research and creative presentations in the form of slideshows, a timeline, and desktop publishing.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our African American Heroes
Description: Students will create a short digital slideshow presentation and brochure on a famous black American.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Other Side of Sugar
Description: This lesson will identify the various types and quantities of sugars found in foods and how they affect our body. Students will discover the link between these foods and the disease called “diabetes.” The different types of diabetes will be discussed, along with preventative measures and medical requirements. Students will work in groups to research and prepare presentations in the form of slideshows, newsletters, display boards, or written reports for at least three of the content questions. Each group will respond to a different set of content questions in order to address all aspects of the unit. The culminating activity will be for each student to individually interview a person who has diabetes and capture their comments about the disease, how it affects them emotionally and physically, and how it has affected their families.


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 (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: World War II: The Home Front
Description: World War II opened a new chapter in the lives of Americans. It was a time of social change and a marked increase in patriotism. In this lesson, students will explore how World War II affected civilians at home.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Description: This five-day lesson will introduce the students to the author of the novel as the beginning of a unit. The students will conduct research to obtain biographical information about the author and read/analyze summaries and critiques of the author's writing. Finally, the students will create brochures or flyers to highlight the author as a guest at a mock author's conference.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Narrative Writing: The Autobiographical Incident
Description: After organizing their thoughts using a graphic organizer, students write a narrative essay which relates an autobiographical incident. Students present their essays in a slideshow which allows their classmates to practice predicting an outcome as they guess the ending of the narrative. Some of the essays will be included in a class newsletter created by the students.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Description: Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Technology
Description: Students will create a slide on an assigned topic that will become part of a class presentation. The class presentation will trace the evolution of the computer, identify the pioneers of technology, investigate the impact technology has had on the workplace and society, and examine how technology has influenced the course of history in geneeral. This project is a semester long assignment with required progress due each six weeks. Computer lab time will need to be made available either during or after school throughout the semester.


Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Fourteenth Century
Description: Students will study the upheaval and uncertainty of living during the 14th century. They will read about the Hundred Years War, the plague, and the schism within the Catholic church.


Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What about Steinbeck's The Pearl?
Description: In this three week unit on the novel The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, students examine and discuss the characteristics of a novel, compare and contrast the novel to folk tales and short stories, write chapter summaries and essays, and conduct Internet research to prepare slideshow presentations on related topics, including both those reflecting cultural differences of the novel's characters and those issues involving the economic principle of supply and demand.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 8), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Guided Tour of Paris
Description: Students will play the role of a Paris tour guide. Traveling on the Paris Metro System, students will guide tourists through the city to point out the location and important facts of major historical landmarks.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who Wrote That? -- Reporting on Books by the Same Author
Description: Students will read two chapter books by the same author, compare/contrast the books using graphic organizers, research biographical information on the author, and create a slideshow presentation and/or a brochure about the books and authors to share with the class.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Us: Writing and Presenting Poetry
Description: In this lesson students write a poem about their class and classmates. Students then transfer their poems to individual presentation slides which are combined with their classmates' slides to create a class slideshow presentation. This presentation can be printed to create a class ABC book.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Biography Presentations
Description: With this extensive hands-on, interdisciplinary, technology-based multimedia project, students will compile data about a famous or notable person using media center resources and the Internet. Students will also participate in an interview scenario.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: United States Virtual Tour Guide
Description: Groups/pairs of students will create a short digital slide presentation and travel brochure on one of the 50 U.S. states. They will do research in encyclopedias/atlases and on the Internet to include information on geography, official state information (state bird, flower, song, etc.), and a travel destination within that state. Presentations can be combined to create one slideshow covering all 50 states.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Set the Table Correctly
Description: The Family and Consumer Science (FACS) portion of this lesson provides opportunities for students to utilize acceptable guidelines for table setting. A basic computer research component familiarizes students with fundamental processes of online investigation. Students will then work in groups to create slideshow presentations to teach other students how to correctly set a table.


Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Appreciation of Literature Through Knowledge of Newbery Books - A Unit for the Librarian or Language Arts Teacher
Description: Students will select a Newbery Medal Award book to read. They will complete one of three projects to reflect understanding of the chosen book. Their projects will be presented to the class in an effort to entice other students to read the book. This is a creative way to present a booktalk.


Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Computer Comparison Project
Description: In this collaborative project students compare computer hardware and software. Handheld computers may be utilized to provide students experience in inputting data and beaming it for use in a class summary.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Touring Our School Through Two Languages
Description: This lesson will help students combine the tools of technology with language skills to communicate with non-English speaking students in the community.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: The Spanish Speaking World
Description: Students will research a Spanish-speaking Latin American country and make travel plans to the chosen country based on facts gathered through their research.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Read All About It! Supreme Court Case Makes Headlines!
Description: This is a project to conclude the study of the Judicial Branch of our government. The students, working in pairs, will be assigned a landmark Supreme Court case to research in a computer lab setting. They will then construct a one-page newsletter on the case which will include a summary of the case, two pictures, a short biography on one of the justices on the Court at that time, and an editorial describing their reaction to the case.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our World is Like a Rainbow
Description: Americans continue to adapt to different ethnic and cultural groups who move into their communities. It is vital that children become aware of and appreciate cultural diversities in people. People move to different areas for reasons such as religion, climate, employment, economics, and for a better way of life.


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