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


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Psychology News Wiki
Description: This engaging lesson may be utilized for the entire duration of the Psychology or Advanced Placement Psychology course to keep students informed about new discoveries in the field and instruct them on the scientific writing process. Students research the Internet to locate breaking news in Psychology and write a psychological abstract on the article they have selected. 


Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: It's Time
Description: Students must prepare to be future business professionals.  By researching the importance of employee/student time and attendance and creating a brochure, students will gain essential knowledge of practical business practices.  The brochure should explain the school's policy, describe the role good/poor attendance plays in the workplace, and describe penalties/rewards.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: Creating a Book Review using Google Books
Description: Technology-based lesson for a High School English class, incorporating Google Books and Google Docs. Students will choose a book to review, read the book, research other reviews of the same book, and then use Google Docs to create their own review. They will share this review with the teacher on Google Docs, and after receiving approval, they will post the review on Google Books.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search
Description: Technology based lesson for a High School English class on how to accurately and efficiently research information on the internet using Google Search. Students conduct Web searches on open-ended questions, and draw on their experiences to develop guides to searching effectively and finding reliable information online.This lesson is based on the New York Times article "Just Google It? Developing Internet Search Skills" by Sarah Kavanagh and Holly Epstein Ojalvo from the New York Times website. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/just-google-it-developing-internet-search-skills/


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Research Project: American Heroes - Collaborative Education
Description: This lesson is designed to help students of all backgrounds learn to work together in groups to complete a research paper assignment. This is a collaborative based lesson plan that challenges students to work together to complete the assignment as a warm-up to the individual research paper required at the end of the term. It is a technology-based lesson with student presentations and student guided research. It is a cross curriculum based lesson with areas of history and technology integrated within the lesson's content.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Searching for and Citing Digital Sources for Research Paper using MLA Style
Description: Students will locate, retrieve, store, and correctly cite digital information for research projects.    


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Prehistoric Climate Change
Description: Learn about prehistoric climate change and how it is similar to today's environmental concerns. They will learn to work cooperatively in groups and learn to conduct slide show presentations.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: You Don't Taste the Way You Look!: Understanding Mimicry
Description: This Evolution lesson uses edible materials to demonstrate how a mimic acquires survival advantage. This particular lesson provides students an easy approach to learn and retain this information.


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: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Commercial Elections- How televisions ads influence citizens
Description: This is a hands-on, technology-based U.S. Government lesson in which students will view a series of political television advertisements from the 1950s-2000. Students vote on which presidential candidate has the best commercial after each set. Advertising strategies are identified and discussed as a class. Students categorize commercials by strategies used. The most and least effective strategies are identified.


Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Car for College?
Description: In this lesson, students will create a budget and project savings for 2 years. They will project using their savings to purchase a car for graduation. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Classify with the Library of Congress
Description: Students will learn about the Library of Congress Classification System by viewing online tutorials.Students will create visual aids to communicate an understanding of the system. Students will use the LCC to locate and organize books.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Comparing Dewey and the Library of Congress: In What "Class" Are Your "Classes"?
Description: High school students will learn the distinction between the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and the Library of Congress Classification (LCC). After a PowerPoint presentation of the LCC, the students will compare and contrast the two systems and assign call numbers to various subjects, including their class schedule and a group of books.


Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Retire in Style!
Description: This lesson will explore several investment options and the risks involved with each. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Information Technology (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Which Internet Service is Right for Me?
Description: Students will investigate different options for Internet access including options and pricing and make decisions about which Internet service is best for a given scenario. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How Much is My Inventory Worth?
Description: In this lesson, students will estimate costs of inventory and cost-of-goods sold using inventory valuation methods. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Insurance to Protect My Home
Description: This lesson will compare types of dwelling insurance such as condo, renter, and homeowners. The types of insurance will be defined, and the items covered will be identified. Also, within the homeowners category, the levels of coverage will be explored. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Importance of setting goals
Description: This lesson has students set goals for themselves and determine if they are short-term, intermediate or long-term goals. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Insure My Life?
Description: In this lesson, life insurance options will be explored. Students will conduct online research to compare life insurance policies from 5 different companies. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Right Car Insurance
Description: This lesson is designed to have students investigate insurance products for vehicles. As part of the lesson they will compare quotes as part of the parents' policy and as their own policy. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Explore the Transformations of Linear and Absolute Value Functions Using Graphing Utilities.
Description: This inquiry lessons allows students to explore the rigid and nonrigid transformations of linear and absolute value functions using a graphing utility. 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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Investigating Parabolas in Standard Form
Description: Students explore the coefficients of a quadratic function using a graphing calculator. This is an inquiry lesson to be used as an introduction to translations and dilations of functions.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gymnosperms, Cone Bearing Vascular Plants
Description: Students will research printed encyclopedias, Internet resources (thinkfinity.org) and their science textbook to gather information to answer questions and draw an assigned portion of the Life Cycle of the Gymnosperms. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Life Cycle of Ferns, A Seedless Vascular Plant
Description: Students will listen, watch, and read while the teacher goes over the life cycle of the ferns. Students will then use the textbook or Internet websites to draw, label, decorate, or color the life cycle of ferns. Students will also use various resources to answer questions about ferns. 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 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.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 (7 - 12), or Mathematics (5 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Just the facts! Exploring Order of Operations and Properties of Real Numbers
Description: Students use their imagination while learning the importance of 'Order of Operations' and 'Properties of Real Numbers'. This lesson incorporates class discussions, wiki and/or online discussion threads (free at www.wikispace.com and/or quicktopic.com), art and puzzles.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 (7 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Forensic Sketch Artist
Description: Police sketch artists must combine art and technology to render a likeness of a crime suspect. Students will participate in a virtual lab to determine spatial characteristics of the human face. Students will use this information to prepare eye-witness drawings.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 (9 - 12)
Title: Bear Factory Proability
Description: Students will explore theoretical and experimental probability of an event.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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Polygons All Around Us! (This lesson is geared to a standard high school geometry class.)
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that introduces students to polygons and their properties. It also promotes visual learning by having students identify how polygons are used in the world around us. Students will be given the opportunity to see the importance of geometry in the construction of almost everything in our world. Students will be able to state properties of different geometric 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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Force and Motion
Description: In this lesson, the students will work across the curriculum using technology, business education, and mathematics. They will form a company and use the physics of force and motion to build a hovercraft. The students will use this experience to apply to 'real life' business situations.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: FAR OUT!
Description: This lesson focuses on the use of the Hubble Space Telescope for the purpose of researching other planets, stars, etc. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Genetic Disorders Research
Description: Students will first discover types of mutations and then research different types of genetic disorders that result from mutations and chromosomal malfunctions. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Anatomical Terms in Zoology
Description: This lesson will allow students to learn anatomical terminology using a website. The students will then prepare picture definitions of the terms. 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 (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Flow of Red Blood Cells
Description: Students will research the flow of red blood cells through the body. The student will prepare a presentation (oral or written) based on RAFT (role, audience, format, theme). Students will use technology to do research for accuracy of information and English Language Arts for presentation.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Angiosperms - Plants With Flowers
Description: By using a hands-on activity,the students will learn about the Life Cycle of the Angiosperms. Students will learn about the female and male parts of a flower. This would be a great activity to follow a unit on reproduction in flowering plants. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Technology for Displaying Trigonometric Graph Behavior: Sine and Cosine
Description: After interacting with a list of specified websites, students will explain the effects of various coefficients on the graphs of sine and cosine by describing these effects on a lab activity worksheet with an accuracy of 80%.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 (8), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: We Love to Graph!
Description: The students will review plotting points on a Coordinate Plane through an interactive website. They will also practice changing the slope and y-intercept on the website in order to see the effects. After this review, the students will work in groups to plot points and use slope to spell out letters of the alphabet. The students will then unscramble the letters to spell out "We Love to Graph!"This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Cell Division- A WebQuest
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about cell division via the Internet. Students will learn about the stages of mitosis and meiosis. In addition, students will learn about the cell 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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Herb or Not to Herb
Description: This unit allows students to research some common herbal supplements to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the herb. Students will compare the herbal supplements to pharmaceutical medicines to judge which is the better choice. Students will make a PowerPoint presentation to advertise herbal supplements and their common uses. The students will make an informative web site that allows others access to their discoveries. The students will learn the process of scientific problem-solving using the appropriate tools and technology. Students will critique the advertisement of herbal drugs and the impact they are having on society. They will present their findings to the class with a brochure or newsletter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Description: In this WebQuest, sudents will be working in cooperative learning groups to research bacteria, viruses, and the immune system via the Internet. Students will be taking notes and answering questions to show the teacher for approval. Students will solve for a specific disease from their research.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Circles of Life
Description: This is an inquiry based cooperative learning unit that can be used in biology as a graduation exam review or in botany for a nine week project. The students will learn the life cycle of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The teacher can choose to do the cycles together or separate.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: DNA Technology Project
Description: Students will research current uses for DNA technology. Students identify a variety of ways that DNA technology can be used. Finally, the students create a DNA Technology project using technology. 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 (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Rock Steady
Description: Students use the knowledge of the rock cycle to write a story about a pet rock. The story must include the rock changing from magma, to each type of rock igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The story should end with the pet rock being identified and in the hands of the student.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 (7 - 12), or Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Color this Polynomial Simplified
Description: This lesson helps students of all levels visualize the process of polynomial simplification and replicate it with ease. Three alternate forms of assessment are given to accomodate any school's level of technology (Podcasting. Powerpoints or Poster Presentations). This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Organism PowerPoints/ Booklets
Description: This lesson requires students to use technology to research information on any organism from one of the six kingdoms. Students use the information to produce a PowerPoint presentation or booklet to present to their classmates. This project covers several biology and zoology objectives and is intended to be a review of the material previously covered.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biomes
Description: In this lesson, students research 12 terrestrial and aquatic biomes. A blank biomes chart and website address is provided for the research. For each biome, students should find types of plants, types of animals, and climate. In addition to completing the biomes chart, students are assigned 20 questions pertaining to the biomes. They should find the answers while browsing the 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: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Who am I? Find A Polynomial From Its Roots
Description: Students analyze the roots and end behavior of a polynomials and write the equation of a polynomial under given conditions. Students apply theorems concerning the multiplicity of roots, conjugates of irrational or complex imaginary roots to find a polynomial under given conditions. Students will factor polynomials to find the complex roots. Students graph polynomials and determine the local extrema. 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: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How much if the first year of college going to cost?
Description: Students will determine the first year costs of college or junior college in the state of Alabama.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: I Can Determine The Height Of A Rocket!
Description: The lesson is intended to give students a fun real-world experience in applying their math skills. They will use trigonometric ratios to calculate heights of tall structures. They will also use the Internet to convert their calculations from standard to metric units and visa versa.


Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Advertising and Its Effects on Consumer Decision Making
Description: This lesson will show the student the power of advertising to create demand for a product. After reviewing existing advertisements, the students will create their own campaign for a product. Following a presentation to the class as a whole, the students will analyze the campaign.


Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The 1960s: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
Description: This lesson explores the 1960s and the contrasts, changes, and controversies that occurred during the period. The teacher will present an overview of the cultural and social aspects of the period. Students will choose a person, event, or area involved in the decade. Each student will research his/her topic and present the research in a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or powerpoint presentation using the appropriate technology.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Louisiana Purchase: An Offer We Couldn't Refuse
Description: This lesson explores the circumstances surrounding the United States' acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. To research these topics students will integrate a variety of print and technology resources. Students will apply the results of the research to produce a multimedia presentation supplemented by a brochure created through the application of desktop publishing software.


Subject: Social Studies (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: News Flash: The End of the Cold War
Description: This lesson is an inquiry into events that occurred during the Cold War era. It is a technology-based project on one event that occurred during the Cold War(1945-1991). The Cold War describes the tense and hostile relationship between the Soviet Union and the U.S. between 1945 and 1992. The communist government of the Soviet Union wanted to convert other countries to communism. The U.S. pledged to support free countries so they could resist communism. Both countries had nuclear weapons and were capable of launching a nuclear war. Other countries took sides in this international conflict. Many Western European countries sided with the U.S. to form NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) in 1949. Eastern European countries signed the Warsaw Pact and formed an alliance with the Soviet Union.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Travel Newsletter
Description: In a role as the director of tourism for a student-selected city, state, or country, students conduct online research to create travel newsletters enticing tourists to visit their chosen areas. Newsletter content includes location, historical background, primary industry, attractions, and accommodations. Word processing skills implemented include newspaper columns, word art, graphic lines, serif vs. sans serif fonts, and justification.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Put Your Best Foot Forward: Creating Resumes and Cover Letters
Description: Using examples, discussion, and online research, students learn what elements need to be part of an effective resume and cover letter. Students then create their own resumes using templates and write a standard cover letter.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: If I Read It, It Must Be True
Description: Working in groups, students identify methods of propaganda and analyze television, magazine, and Internet ads. Groups then create their own ad using one of the identified methods.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Appealing to Your Target Market
Description: Working in teams, students take on the role of marketers, identify a target market, and persuade that market to move to or visit an assigned state by creating an informative and enticing brochure from researched information.


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Writing a Persuasive Essay
Description: In this lesson students research opposing viewpoints on controversial issues and develop their own position papers. Though primarily for English classes, this lesson could be easily adapted for an interdisciplinary unit with social studies or science classes.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Abstract Art, Portaiture, and Computer Technology
Description: Students will utilize books and the Internet to research abstract art and a particular artist. Research will be compiled into a slideshow presentation. Secondly, focus will be put on portraits and an image of the student will be enhanced using computer software. Abstraction is required.


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 (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Get to Know Your Library Media Center
Description: This lesson will provide students with an orientation to the Library Media Center and the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The students will access the Alabama Virtual Library and will participate in a library scavenger hunt as a basic introduction to the library services.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Description: Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Is Romance Dead?
Description: As an introduction to the medieval romances, students compare and contrast the medieval rules of courtly love to the modern "rules" of courtship and romance. Students write a compare/contrast essay after group work and class discussion.


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: 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: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Take Two: Using Technology for Writing and Designing
Description: In groups, students brainstorm to create a product, develop an advertisement for the product, design and present a slideshow, script a commercial for the product, and present the commercial in a 5-10 minute video.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: American Historical Fiction Journal
Description: In this American literature (1900-2000) creative research paper project, each student creates an original work of American historical fiction using his/her knowledge of the research process. Students identify and address the ways culture, technology, and social customs are reflected in American literature from 1900 to the present.


Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Roaring Twenties
Description: This activity involves comparing turn of the century music with the music from the Jazz Age. Students will listen to musical selections and analyze how the change in the music reflects the change in cultural attitudes. They will also work in groups to create their own radio shows.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Depression or Oppression: "The Yellow Wallpaper" by C.P. Gilman
Description: In this lesson students research women's issues in the early 20th century and the attitude toward and treatment of mental illnesses then and now. The research complements the reading of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Research provides the basis for a persuasive essay.


Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Monumental Idea
Description: This is a small-group project utilizing web research, cooperation, creativity and hands-on production in order to fully understand the impact of social reformers of the 19th century. Students will be responsible for building a monument in tribute to a social reformer. Monuments will be displayed in the library. A one-page typed summary will be turned in with the monument which explains the reformer's relevance and accomplishments, as well as why the group chose that person to memorialize. There must be an inscription identifying the monument.


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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: ABC Book of Fauna
Description: This lesson is to provide students the opportunity to explore the various types of fauna (animals) found in the various biomes throughout the world.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Website Evaluation
Description: Utilizing a graphic organizer, students work individually and in groups to rank websites according to specific criteria.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Description: In this lesson, students will make a chromatogram of different types of ink. Paper chromatography will be used to detect the different dyes used in the ink. This lesson can be used for both Physical Science and Chemistry classes.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Finding Information Using the Internet
Description: In this lesson students learn how to use the Internet to find driving directions and maps. Students will locate the street address of a financial institution and generate a map with driving directions from home or school. Students will then research the financial institutions to determine what types of services are offered by each and compile the information using a spreadsheet.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Embroidery Design
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to locate and download designs for the electronic embroidery machine in order to complete the alteration of a garment.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gas Pressure
Description: This lesson is a demonstration lecture that defines gas pressure in terms of force, explains how pressure is measured, and defines and converts units of pressure. Students will create a slide show presentation on a gas and its uses in science, medicine, or technology.


Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Reisefieber - A German Radio Mini-Play
Description: This is an online German Radio program for students studying German. It would work best for German 3 or 4 students. It is also recommended this be read over a semester's time period.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Description: This lesson covers chiral molecules, which are important in carbohydrate and protein chemistry. Understanding the difference in their structures helps with understanding the different biochemical properties of molecules with similar structures. In this lesson, students will be introduced to chirality through a teacher-led multimedia presentation and demonstrations. In cooperative groups, students will then study the concepts in more depth, building molecular models and producing their own slide shows for the class. Different groups within each class will cover different aspects of chirality, with the whole class completing a presentation of the material in the unit.


Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Explore!
Description: The Manifest Destiny of the 1800's began with Thomas Jefferson's dramatic political foresight of arranging the Louisiana Purchase. The stories of courage and determination from these lands began with the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this lesson students will explore the fascinating people, places, and struggles of the expedition. Students will create from their study a brochure depicting at least five areas of information about the Lewis and Clark expedition.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Marathon Math
Description: This unit on sequences and series is intended to help students make the connection from math to real life situations. Developing a marathon training program for a beginner runner is one simple way that students may use patterns in real life. The total mileage per week usually creates a pattern over time. Mathematical operations on patterns, sequences, and series enable students to do the calculations necessary for exploring the pattern. Students also explore nutrition information needed for a training program as proper nutrition is an important part of sports training.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "Dummie's" Guide to PCR
Description: (This lesson is for a more advanced class such as honors or AP Biology.) The lesson will look at one of the most important tools to the molecular biologist, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). The students will learn the science behind PCR and the steps scientists go through to do PCR. The students will design a slideshow presentation to explain the science of PCR to others.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Qualitative Analysis Project
Description: Students, working in groups, will identify four unknown substances using analysis procedures practiced in the lab throughout the school year. They will collect data, research the unknown substances, and report findings in a slideshow presentation and web page, and collect an industry brochure.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Letter of Introduction - Writing as a Diagnostic Tool
Description: At the beginning of the school year, students respond to a teacher-generated questionnaire in personal letter format. As a diagnostic tool, letter writing can reveal strengths and weaknesses in composition skills, organization, sentence structure, and mechanics.


Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Civil Rights Movement
Description: This is a lesson to help students learn important historical information about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's. It is designed to introduce students to common beliefs of the time as well as important individuals in the movement. It will also help students to make judgments about how society today is different because of the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson will also utilize technology to bring the lesson alive for the students.


Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How Hate Changes Society
Description: Government classes usually focus on the workings of the United States Government alone. In this unit of study, students will compare the United States government with that of pre-Nazi Germany. This unit will demonstrate to students how misguided public policy can become when dissent and debate are silenced.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Dead Poets Society: Socratic Seminar Discussion
Description: As a springboard to an eleventh grade poetry unit, students view the movie Dead Poets Society and participate in a Socratic seminar of the themes, symbols, and life questions raised by the film. Student groups research and present one of the poems used in the film.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Planning a Company Picnic
Description: As students plan a company picnic, they gain proficiency in word processsing, online research, and the creation of a database and spreadsheet.


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 (10), or English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Learn the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) System: Research Depends on It!
Description: The students will develop an understanding of the organization of main and primary subclasses of the Library of Congress Classification System. The students will demonstrate knowledge and independence in using the LCC through online tutorials and by visiting a college library (optional).


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird: Building Knowledge
Description: As a conclusion to a class study of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, students create models and pictures based on the novel's descriptions to illustrate the effect of setting on plot and character.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Integumentary System
Description: This lesson centers around a slideshow presentation that introduces students to an overview of human histology and provides images of each tissue type. Students are directed to a website to continue their integumentary study.


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Description: After a study of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, students working in small groups conduct research and create a slideshow presentation that emphasizes key aspects of the play and/or new ideas generated by the play.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Alaska: The People and the Land
Description: Students will read the short story about Alaskan Native heritage, "Otoonah," as retold by Robert David San Souci. From the reading and interpretation of this native American story, students will study the indigenous people of Alaska and their association with the Alaskan environment.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Endangered Species - What am I Going to Do to Save Them?
Description: This is a biology or environmental science lesson that incorporates technology. This project-based plan is designed to be used as students study the factors that affect the dynamic equilibrium of populations and ecosystems. This lesson would be useful in remediation for Standard VI of the AHSGE.


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: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Gossip to Learn: A Juicy Approach to Research
Description: Though teachers might use this student-centered, technology-based, one or two-day research project to introduce any author, English 12 teachers may wish to use the lesson to jump-start a unit on British literature from the Romantic period. The Shelleys, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Lord Byron, for example, lived lives chockful of enough tantalizing secrets to keep their peers whispering over the fence forever. Generate interest in Romantic poetry and fiction as students use technology to delve into the oh-so-interesting lives of assigned authors.


Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Calling All Books!
Description: High school students learn the basic outline of the Library of Congress Classification system that is used in larger college and public libraries. The class will place a collection of books into the correct classifications. An introductory lesson on the 21 main classifications and sub-categories and an online tutorial will prepare the students to catalog and shelve the books.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Diseases and Medical Conditions
Description: This is a technology-based research project designed to gather information about a given disease or medical condition and to present that information to a class by using a slideshow presentation. This health class lesson will address Career Technical skills through development of slideshow slides with transitions, animations, and timing features. It will also utilize a variety of input devices such as a digital camera, scanner, CD-ROM, and the Internet.


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Preparing to Write the Research Paper: An Information Location Mini-lesson
Description: This lesson introduces students to research materials in the library and electronic materials available through the Alabama Virtual Library(AVL). The instruction emphasizes "how-to-use" multi-volume encyclopedias, multi-volume reference sets, books, and various electronic databases. Instruction includes where to locate bibliographic information within these various materials for a research paper and how to cite bibliographic information.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Are You Picking Up What I'm Putting Down?
Description: How are magnetism and electricity related? Students will explore the relationship between magnetism and electricity, learn how to construct an electromagnet, and discover everyday uses of electromagnets. Students will create a multimedia presentation in which they will demonstrate their knowledge of electromagnetism.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Alone: Research for Survival
Description: This role-playing lesson enhances students' creativity and develops critical thinking skills. Small groups of students conduct Internet research on the skills necessary to survive when marooned on a Pacific island. Groups present their findings to the class.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Accomplishments of African American Scientists
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore the accomplishments of African American scientists through print and non-print media, as well as personal interviews. Students will work in pairs or small groups to create a slideshow presentation illustrating the topic.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Researching Dolphins as Endangered Mammals
Description: In this interdisciplinary lesson, students work in groups of 3-4 to use the Internet for research. Students create reports and slideshow presentations (optional) defining dolphins as mammals and as an endangered species. Students will also propose ways to prevent extinction.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Beaver Mountain Bike Tours Presentation
Description: Students will create, design and give a multimedia presentation about Beaver Mountain Bike Tours to pursuade travel agents to use their service. Presentations will include digital photography, Excel graphs, Word tables, and organizational graphs in PowerPoint. This is a business simulation that students will complete after finishing all major sections in the Microsoft Office Suite and is a culmulation of all of the skills learned previously. The total business simulation was created by Carl Lyman.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Independent Research Project
Description: Students will use the Internet to gather key facts using a variety of online resources.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: National Park Road Trip
Description: This lesson allows students to use computer skills they have learned to do a research project on national parks. The students will research a park, plan a trip to a park, keep a "journal" of the trip, document their sources using MLA style, and then make a presentation to the class.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Making of an Art Scavenger Hunt: Artists and their Styles
Description: In this lesson students will become familiar with the Internet, artists, and a major art movement by creating an online art scavenger hunt for classmates to explore.


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Powerpointing to Your Career
Description: This exercise is used as the culmination of a career research project. This is a technology-based, interdisciplinary project which requires students to do Internet research and prepare a slideshow presentation. If a career is not used as a the topic of research, then the requirements can be adjusted to fit the topic of consideration.


Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Open for Business
Description: This is an integrated lesson using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software and the Internet. Each student will create the appropriate documents for operating a personal business: Letter (with designed letterhead) to perspective customer requesting a meeting for a presentation of services or products; database listing with proper fields for products and one for customer listings; invoice with company logo showing a sale with tax and shipping; a presentation to promote products or services. Students will search the Internet for actual prices, pictures, and documentation of products or service. They will have creative privileges for designs and logos.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Multimedia Presentation on Writing a Resume
Description: This lesson focuses on advanced skills in creating, presenting, and evaluating multimedia presentations.


Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ethics in The Stock Market
Description: In this lesson students will learn about the stock market. They will look at the stock market from an accounting point of view and research a specific stock or industry.


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: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets and Budgets
Description: This activity allows students to use real-world data to create a spreadsheet budget. This project is designed to be the culmination of a spreadsheet unit.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Expressionism: What’s the deal with these strange colors?
Description: The students will gain a good understanding of the history of Expressionism painting and its use of color and paint application to establish an “emotional feel”. They will use this knowledge to create their own expressionistic oil painting.


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.


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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: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African Americans After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed?       Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the state of race relations in the U.S. before, during, and after World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after conducting research using an online database, they take a stand on the state of race relations at this time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Educational Technology,Health,Science
Title: Heart Transplant      Add Bookmark
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students through a series of online activities related to the human heart, heart disease, and substitute hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reader Response in Hypertext: Making Personal Connections to Literature      Add Bookmark
Description: Students write a narrative of place, a character sketch, an extended metaphor poem and a persuasive essay then link all four texts to quotations they have selected from a novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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



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