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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
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 natural resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Envision, Enhance, Enjoy
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Alabama's state parks will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


Subject: Health (4), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Every American Recycling Together Helps
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored. Auntie Litter and her Pollution Patrol discover the difference between organic and inorganic waste.  They learn to Reuse, Reduce Waste, and Recycle to protect our land from litter.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Aral Sea: Then and Now      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider what happens when a sea shrinks and to compare pictures of the Aral Sea at different times. They conclude by pretending to be people living in the Aral Sea region, drawing before and after pictures of how changes to the sea have affected their lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Dakota Dugout      Add Bookmark
Description: In this activity, students will read Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner and answer questions about the book. They will then look at the image of an object that would have been important to women living in a house made of sod and try to determine what the object is. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a Sod House.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: Social Studies
Title: Maritime Munchies      Add Bookmark
Description: What kinds of food do you eat? How do the foods you eat today compare to the types of foods that sailors ate during long voyages of the past? In this activity, students will cook one or more historical maritime recipes and then compare the foods they eat to what was served on ships in the past. 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: Social Studies
Title: Life on the Water      Add Bookmark
Description: For hundreds of years, seacoasts, rivers, lakes, and canals have had a big impact on the ways America has changed as a country. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring lighthouses and the maritime history of the United States together through children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Keep the Lighthouse Burning, Abbie, a work of children's literature about a teenage girl who becomes a hero by running her father's lighthouse during a storm, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Water Nearby      Add Bookmark
Description: Do you live near the water? There is probably a body of water closer than you think! In this activity, students will use Google Maps to first find their school, and then locate and learn about the closest body of water to their school. 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: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: State Population Projections      Add Bookmark
Description: In Illuminations lesson plan, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations about population projection, students examine the United States Census Bureau Web site to investigate projections of the total population of states from 1995 to 2025. Using the provided data, students analyze statistics from five states of their choice, develop specific research questions using the data, and create three graphs to compare and contrast the information.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Souvenir of the Opening of the East River Bridge, May 24, 1883      Add Bookmark
Description: By the late 19th century, the United States had established itself as a world leader in the area of civil engineering. Perhaps no project better symbolized America's technical prowess than the awe-inspiring Brooklyn Bridge, which connected the nation's largest and third largest cities—New York and Brooklyn, respectively—in 1883 across the turbulent tidal strait known as the East River. The main 1,600-foot (490-meter) of this towering suspension bridge exceeded the world's longest by fifty percent...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: distribution      Add Bookmark
Description: Distribution refers to the way something is spread out or arranged over a geographic area
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Human Migration: The Story of a Community's Culture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand key concepts of human migration through the examination of maps and migration patterns. Students research and document the impact of migration on a region's cultural landscape. They examine migration patterns on a global and national scale as a class and then apply that understanding to telling a migration story about their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5,12



Subject: Science - General Science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: From Boomtown to Ghost Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss how a specific economic activity in a region can facilitate the creation of towns, which often turn into ghost towns if the economic activity ends. They create posters or booklets showing the '' '' life cycle'' '' of a mining town, from before its foundation to its status as ghost town.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Uplink Outpost: To the Future Class of...      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the interactive feature in Xpedition Hall called Uplink Outpost to discover ways to interpret geography in their community. Students create a plan for the future of their community based on geographic factors, and write a class email to the next generation of students.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Kalahari: Where the Lion is King      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, prompts students to answer questions as they read an article about the Kalahari Xeric Savanna. In the related lesson, students study the biota-or flora and fauna-of the Kalahari Desert, and the importance of the lion s role as predator within this ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Where Is the Tallest Waterfall?      Add Bookmark
Description: The closest many of us come to a waterfall is our daily shower. The showerhead can't hold a candle to Mother Nature's beauty, though. Let's learn about waterfalls!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Family Trip Plan      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, students use a print press tool to create a brochure or booklet highlighting a three-week U.S. travel itinerary.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Design Your Own Suburb      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to think about their own perceptions of cities and suburbs and to consider the features that exist in a typical urban and suburban area. They also learn about sprawl and some of the problems associated with rapid suburban growth. They conclude by designing their own suburbs.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography of Pizza      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Geographic Groceries      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students explore the regions of a grocery store to see which foods are grouped together and why.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be a Geography Detective      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students become geography detectives, learning about geography and the relationship human beings have with the land. Students apply the six essential elements of geography as they make observations and draw conclusions about historical landscapes. They demonstrate their understanding by writing journal entries, sketching landscapes, and making mental maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students study relationships between humans and animals in folktales in order to highlight issues concerning ecology and the environment. They explore the ways in which animals and humans help one another and consider the efforts of humans to protect endangered species.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Nomads: Where Boundaries Move      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore nomadic pastoralism. Focusing on Central Asia, students investigate the way humans have adapted to regions that do not sustain communities through agriculture and the influence this has both on how they live and on how they view the boundaries of their homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Where I Come From      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students take research into their heritage a step beyond the construction of a family tree, traveling through cyberspace to find out what's happening in their ancestral homelands today and explore their sense of connection to these places in their past.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States      Add Bookmark
Description: The four lessons in this unit, from EDSITEment, are designed to help students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture. They map 18th-century Europe's influence on what is now the U.S., list remnants of European influence that still remain today, and connect marks of European influence with specific explorers.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Traces: Historic Archaeology      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students recover and analyze artifacts from sites in use from the settlement period to the second half of the 19th century. They look for similarities and differences among the artifacts and the lives they reveal. In conclusion, students look at today's eventual artifacts of the future and consider how we may be viewed.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Energy Sources and Use      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, to investigate a variety of renewable energy resources, and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Mines - Satellite Imagery      Add Bookmark
Description: Satellite Image Gallery.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The National Highway System      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Highway System website is run by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. The website offers teachers and students detailed maps of the nation's highway system, which are broken down by state. The site also contains information about the history of the National Highway System and details the very basis for its existence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Western Museums Association      Add Bookmark
Description: The Western Museums Association challenges the diverse museum community of the West, empowering individuals to cultivate leadership and enable institutions to remain relevant in a dynamic world. We provide opportunities for learning and personal interaction to enhance the creative skills and enrich the lives of individuals who do museum work.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Southeastern Museums Conference      Add Bookmark
Description: Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) members include museum staff, corporate partners and other individuals, who benefit from the networking opportunities provided through this website, Members represent museum interests throughout the Southeastern United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums      Add Bookmark
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 1945. The organization represents museums professionals, organizations, institutions and museum service providers. The website is a forum to enhance the image of museums and educate individuals on an array of field specific study and programs. The association chiefly represents those museum interests in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Library of Congress      Add Bookmark
Description: The Library of Congress, established in 1800 serves as the research arm of Congress and is recognized as the national library of the United States. Its collections comprise the world's most comprehensive record of human creativity and knowledge. Open to those above high school age without charge or special permission, it is the world's largest library and a great resource to scholars and researchers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin Model      Add Bookmark
Description: In 1794, Eli Whitney patented a new kind of cotton gin. His invention, using rotating brushes and teeth to remove the seeds from cotton, was quickly pirated by others. Southern plantation owners depended on slaves for labor-intensive crops such as rice, sugar, tobacco, and especially cotton. As the market demand for cotton increased in the early 1800s, the Southern cotton industry expanded dramatically, as did the system of slave labor it relied on.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Earthquakes and Volcanoes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards. They also research specific volcanoes or earthquake zones and write pretend letters to residents of these areas describing the risks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Mapping      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students learn how maps reveal patterns between natural resources and species that live nearby. The mapmaking process and key elements to include are introduced.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Crowded Are Our States?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students combine information from statistics and maps to find out about world and national population characteristics. They determine which countries and states appear to be particularly crowded and which states are sparsely populated. They conclude by discussing what it might be like to live in a very crowded or a very sparsely populated state.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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