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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history. The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions. Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4), or Social Studies (2)
Title: How Many Times Did You Add That?
Description: After watching the video clip of the Hershey's plant, students will use grid paper to investigate multiplication as repeated addition.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Producers and Consumers
Description: This lesson will teach the difference between producers and consumers. It provides an interactive way for students to get involved and actually become producers and consumers.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Foods from Far Away      Add Bookmark
Description: A field trip to the grocery store can give you a look at how traditional foods from around the world are now part of American culture. In this activity, students will use discussion prompts and a worksheet to make the most of their visit. This activity is part of an OurStory module entitled Coming to America. OurStory is designed to help children and adults explore history together through the use of children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Trade and Transportation in the United States      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students imagine what it would be like to operate a plane, train, or truck along a trade route across the United States. They also look at maps of major U.S. transportation networks and explain how specific products might get from one place to another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Why Do Donuts Have Holes?      Add Bookmark
Description: You might want a glass of milk to go along with today's tasty Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regions of a Grocery Store      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how regions are created by categorizing grocery store products into different regions of the classroom, which they pretend is a grocery store. They then discuss the concept of regions and the unique qualities of their home region, and they draw pictures of their home region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why It's Essential      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine the differences between seasons in their region. In addition to temperature variations and seasonal household chores, students explore subtle differences, such as changes in foods available at the market and the length of the days.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Do Dogs Shop At Flea Markets?      Add Bookmark
Description: What are flea markets? And why would anyone want to buy or sell fleas? We'll explore these questions - and more! - today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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: Agriculture in the Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its stated goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies in America. The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education and government. The site contains resources for students of all grade levels, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: In-Out Basket      Add Bookmark
Description: This style of basket is typical of the rice-growing regions of Georgia and South Carolina. These baskets are made of grasses, bulrush, or palmetto and were initially created by enslaved people in the region; the basket-making traditions have continued through the present day. 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: 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: Van Valen's Gold Rush Journey      Add Bookmark
Description: Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. This dynamic project from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History includes student questions to help guide research, rich primary sources, images of artifacts and background information. The student materials can be completed on paper or using the interactive PDF format that allows students to create beautiful publications from their research. The teacher guide includes suggested discussion questions for the introduction and conclusion classes, answers to the student questions, a sheet of Frequently Asked Questions about the gold rush journal, and a summary of what Smithsonian curators learned about the journal's author. Although intended as a project, elements of the site could also be used independently to develop historical research skills. 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



Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Myths and Heroes      Add Bookmark
Description: Greek and Egyptian mythology, the story of the Lion King, and the legend of King Arthurs are just some of the ways these resources explore the different cultural interpretations of heroes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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