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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (K - 5), or Science (2 - 4)
Title: Little River Canyon's Carnivorous Green Pitcher Plants
Description: A digital slide program introduces the Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) to the students.  Students use a model of the Green Pitcher Plant and plastic insects to role play. They will tell the story of habitat adaptation and interaction around the pitcher plant bog. Pitcher Plants and the animals in the neighborhood have lives interconnected to the environment. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Promise of a Seed
Description: In this lesson, students will plant seeds, record the changes, and connect the relationship of seeds to plants. This lesson should be taught at the beginning of plant unit.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Luscious Layers of Life...A Walk Through the Rainforest
Description: This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the animals and plant life that live in the various layers of the tropical rainforest. Students will view a slideshow with many different facts and pictures of the rainforest. They will also research animals and plants of the rainforest by searching Internet sites. Students will also share what they learn through an typed report.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (2)
Title: Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Description: Students will read and discuss Janet Stevens' book, Tops & Bottoms, and use it as a stepping stone to understanding character analysis, sequence of events, and main ideas and supporting details.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Science
Title: What Plants Need to Grow CROPS     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson is the second of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students explore how to grow plants and learn what kinds of things promote growth (warmth, sunlight, water, soil). Their activities involve learning about how seeds and plants grow and participating in a simple, in-class gardening project. Contains investigation / experiment
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2

ALEX Learning Activities  
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Title: Introducing: A Plant Story
Digital Tool: Narrated Video: A Plant Story
Digital Tool Description: This video illustrates the plant life cycle, while introducing the key topics of seed germination and photosynthesis.

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Title: Plants 101
Digital Tool: Voicethread
Digital Tool Description: A Voicethread is a media tool that allows users to create a media board. The application allows users to add images, text, recordings, and videos. The Voicethreads can also be shared for other users of Voicethread to view and add comments. Students will use Voicethread to design a media board. Students will add pictures of plant structures such as: root, stem, leaves, and flowers. Students will then add pictures of each plant structure along with a description of the structures function. The Voicethread will be used as an assessment of the students understanding of the plants structures functions. 

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Title: Exploring Parts of Plants with Evernote
Digital Tool: Evernote
Digital Tool Description: Evernote is an online storage system allowing users to create, search, and present on one workspace. Description provided by

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Title: Taking a Closer Look at Plants
Digital Tool: Growing Plants
Digital Tool Description: With this tool, students are helping "Sparky" with various interactive growing plant activities. Students are given the opportunity to be actively engaged to interact with labeling parts of a plant and helping consrruct a flow chart diagram of the life cycle of plants. 

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ALEX Multimedia  
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Structure and Function of Plants
Two students describe the relationship of structure and function in plants. It includes details about seeds, roots, stems, leaves, and flowers.