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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Envision, Enhance, Enjoy
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Alabama's state parks and ways to sustain them will be explored. Students will also make a bird feeder from a recycled plastic bottle.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Water You Doing to Help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation of water resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


Subject: Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: Life is a Breath of Fresh Air
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), air pollution and harmful emissions, such as smog, will be explored. Students will also create a leaf rubbing.  This is one lesson from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Protect Our Planet Piece By Piece
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), food webs and their significance will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Take Pride in America--Auntie Litter Needs You! 
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org)in celebration of Earth Day, the meaning of Earth Day will be explored. Students will also learn the words to a song honoring our planet.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Earth:  We're In It Together!
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to protect the Earth will be explored. Students will also create a mural of ways to protect our planet.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


Subject: Science (1), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Conserve It To Preserve It
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to sustain energy will be explored. Students will also create a web diagram of ways to conserve energy.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Lana Holmes.


Subject: Science (1), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: Recycle to Renew
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), recycling and uses of recycled materials will be explored. Students will also create a recycling collage.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Lana Holmes.


Subject: Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: A Breath of Fresh AIR
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), air pollution will be explored.  Auntie Litter and the Pollution Patrol learn how smog forms and find out how to keep the air clean and free of air pollutants.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1 - 3)
Title: Fred the Fish - A Little River Trip
Description: Little River is home to 47 kinds of fish including the threatened "Blue Shiner" Cyprinella caerulea. These fish depend on the good water quality at Little River. This skit allows students to observe pollution's effects on a small scale and allows them to make choices affecting the environment.  This lesson plan is adapted from Chilton-Stringham, Patricia and Wolanin, Jan (1991). National Science Teachers Association, Karen K. Lind (Eds.) Water, Stones, and Fossil Bones (pp. 54-57). This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1)
Title: The Horizons of Soil in My Backyard
Description: Students will work in small groups to dig holes 1 meter deep. Students will work with measurements as they dig and measure. Students will observe the different types of soil and how the soil changes as they dig. Students will write and draw in their journals about the soil horizons. The need for soil as an important natural resource will be 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.


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Life in a Sod House: Darkroom Detectives      Add Bookmark
Description: What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather--in Africa?!      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students describe and compare how weather affects human activity in two places on opposite sides of the world. Students first identify the seasons and weather in their community and how human activities are affected by weather. They then cross the globe and compare how the weather of northern Africa impacts human activities there. Students look for a connection between the two environments and conclude that although the weather and activities may be very different in each place, the impact of weather on human activities is a common thread in human communities all over the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Science - Physics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Echoes: What Animals Can Teach Scientists      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn how scientists like Robert Ballard use sonar to investigate the depths of the ocean. They study the echolocation capabilities of bats and think about how ocean scientists can learn from these animals to develop deep-sea exploration techniques.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Barbaloot Suits: Preserving Biodiversity      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how and why National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson studies plants. Students compare a situation in which farmers unknowingly destroyed a plant species with the conservation themes outlined in Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, and then summarize the Seuss work through illustration. This lesson is based on the National Geographic news article titled Scaring Up Ghost Plants in Mexico.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Timeline of Change, a Model for Change      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationships between people and places. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between present interactions with a place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biology - Science - Ecology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Getting to Know the Chesapeake Bay Watershed      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson, which uses the Chesapeake Bay as a model, focuses on how the sciences can identify clues about the health of the environment and the ways in which geography can help make connections between human actions and environmental conditions. Students are introduced to the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the use of online resources and hands-on experiences. They then apply what they learn to their local watershed.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Is the Ozone Layer?      Add Bookmark
Description: People all over the world celebrate World Environment Day each year on June 5. Join us in Wonderopolis as we take a look at a precious resource worth saving.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can We Keep the Lake Clean?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Taking Care of Our Oceans      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider why so many people live near the coast and learn about the impacts of this trend on ocean animals. They make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors about human impacts on marine life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: How Slaves Found Their Way North      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students learn about natural and human-made clues that helped slaves find their way north through the Underground Railroad. Then they create a quilt with clues about routes to freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: 'Adopt'' a Geographic News Story      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some stories from National Geographic News and then invited to discuss the reasons why it is a good idea to follow the news. The class adopts a geographic news story, designs posters to illustrate it, and researches related topics.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Down at the Shore      Add Bookmark
Description: Field trips are great ways to learn about life on the water. In this activity, students will find and explore a local maritime area-a river, seashore, or another place related to the water, and share the experience with others. The activity guide includes printable tip sheets tailored to help you explore different kinds of water-related areas. Included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Life on the Water, this activity is intended to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids      Add Bookmark
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Can You Make From a Buffalo?      Add Bookmark
Description: The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the body parts of buffalo to the appropriate part of the buffalo's anatomy. It is interactive whiteboard and iPad friendly and is included in the website Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: NOVA: Pyramids      Add Bookmark
Description: Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. It contains textual information, diagrams, and images.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: United States Department of Commerce      Add Bookmark
Description: At the Department of Commerce's Official Website, students have access to information about the twelve different bureaus under the department's control. Student and teachers can also learn about the history of the Commerce Department in a section of the website that includes milestones of the department, a list of past Secretaries of Commerce, and a photographic history of the Commerce Department's 100th anniversary.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Hattie Carnegie Two-Piece Dress      Add Bookmark
Description: ' Hattie Carnegie Original'' designer's label is sewn on an inside skirt seam. Hattie Carnegie, one of a few female entrepreneurs in the early to mid-20th century became a symbol of taste and high fashion to many Americans. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: United Farmworkers Poster      Add Bookmark
Description: Cesar Estrada Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is one of the most recognized Latino civil rights leaders in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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