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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Digging In For Dirt Day!
Description: This lesson is managed through stations that students will rotate around every 20- 30 minutes. Each second grade teacher conducts one station. Parent volunteers can also be used to manage stations. Students will use an auger to gather soil, produce a soil painting, make a dirt cup to represent layers of soil, do a Shake It Up! activity to examine how soil settles, and examine local soil. 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: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Fantastic Fractions"
Description: The students will use sugar-free Gummy bears to identify fractional parts of the whole.  The students will create a graph using the information obtain.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: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Build a Keyboard!
Description: Keyboarding for young children with short attention spans can be hard to teach. In order to create an exciting atmosphere, the class will build a classroom keyboard character. Children will learn about basic parts of the computer. The class will build a keyboard character to display in the classroom. The children will also use Type to Learn, Jr. in order to learn early typing skills.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Napping House
Description: During this lesson, children "wonder" when interacting with text. Instead of predicting what comes next in the story, students use their imaginations to wonder about what might happen. They create their own wondering multimedia slide about a new text. This is a great way to encourage creativity.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to explore different types of community helpers. Students begin to identify activities and tools associated with these community helpers. Students also begin to identify helping careers they might enjoy.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Beanie Baby Habitats Collaborative Project
Description: With the booming market of "Beanie Baby" type stuffed animals being so prominent in students' lives, this project brings that interest into the classroom through the use of research, science, hands-on experiences, and technology. The project includes research of living things and habitats through various resources including textbookss, trade books, encyclopedias, and the Internet. It also includes a hands-on project where students design and create a habitat for a chosen living thing. Students will work collaboratively in the classroom and use communication skills to share information with another classroom using distance learning capabilities throughout the project.

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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Tour of Birmingham: WebQuest
Description: This inquiry-based project will provide opportunities for students to learn about the history of Birmingham. Students will discover the variety tourist attractions in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: WANTED: A Few Of Our Favorite Authors
Description: This unit is designed to spotlight the work of one children's author each month. Students explore the life and writing styles of each author studied, as well as incorporating studies of story elements in the various works.

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Subject: Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Community Helpers
Description: In this unit, students will be learning about community helpers. They will look at several different community helpers individually, and discuss their jobs and how they are helpful. Students will decide which community helper they think is the most important and why. Finally, the students will create a presentation which shows their favorite community helpers.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Clifford's Class Trip by Norman Bridwell
Description: During this lesson students learn new vocabulary words through an enjoyable children's book. Students use knowledge of the new words to create a slideshow and original story.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: An Ocean Adventure
Description: Students will listen to a story and then, using the writing process, write their own story using word processing software. They will then create an ocean picture to illustrate their stories.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Read, Write, and Say
Description: In this lesson students improve their ability to spell sight words and decodable text. Students use a slideshow presentation to practice spelling frequently-used words. This lesson will improve students' writing skills.

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Subject: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Classroom Feud
Description: As part of a unit about the state of Alabama, students spend time collecting information about the state, which they in turn report to a classroom in another state using distance learning equipment. Then the two classroms in different states "battle it out" in a game show about the two states written by the teachers.

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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's About Time
Description: During this lesson students gain an understanding of an analog clock and a digital clock. Students watch a movie that explains the importance of time. Students make a clock, see how it works, and complete activities that demonstrate understanding of the concepts covered.

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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Become a Thanksgiving Historian
Description: Students may be surprised to find out that some ideas they have about the history of Thanksgiving are actually myths. In this lesson students become a true "Thanksgiving historian" by completing a Venn diagram about the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims with information acquired through Internet searches.

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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Weather
Description: Over this three-week unit, students will learn basic concepts about weather and the part it plays in their everyday lives. Students will make a slideshow presentation that summarizes the content presented about seasons and things in the sky. Also, students will make a flyer that summarizes the content presented about severe weather and severe weather safety. Finally, students will keep a daily log of local weather and put this information into a website.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Word Families: -ig and -ip
Description: This technology-based lesson will help students develop their phonemic awareness by teaching students to hear the sounds in the -ig and -ip word families. It also leads students to apply what they have learned.

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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Geometric Shapes
Description: During this lesson, students will explore shapes and become aware of shapes all around them. They will search for shapes in a variety of places and explore shapes on the Internet.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Legendary Lighthouses
Description: In this technology-based interdisciplinary lesson, students will discover many facts about lighthouses by navigating the Internet. Students have the opportunity to use the facts they learn to create their own stories about lighthouses.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Christmas Around The World
Description: This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Vocabulary Magic
Description: This lesson will take words that are unknown to students and teach students how to determine their meanings. This will help open up the world of reading to students.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
Description: This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Teeth
Description: During this lesson, students will be taught the importance of good oral hygiene. They will learn about life-long care of teeth. They will also learn about common tooth problems. Students will have the opportunity to view important tooth facts on the Internet.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Identifying and Using Action Verbs
Description: It is important to know how to use verbs correctly. This lesson will demonstrate how to use action verbs. Students will visit Internet sites to learn more about action verbs. They will have the opportunity to use newly-learned action verbs to write a story and act it out.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Is Alive?
Description: This lesson is the opening lesson for a unit of study entitled "Why Doesn't A Caterpillar Grow Up To Be An Oak Tree?" during which students take a look at life cycles of plants and animals. This lesson will encourage students to explore the concepts of "living" and "non-living" by comparing them.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Johnny Appleseed
Description: During this lesson, students will learn about Johnny Appleseed through a variety of sources. From the information, students will distinguish between fact and fiction. Students will use the writing process to create their own stories about Johnny Appleseed. They will have the opportunity to publish their work and share it with the class.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Good Hygiene: Hands and Teeth
Description: During this technology based hands-on lesson, students explore the Internet to learn about the importance of hand washing and teeth brushing. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate these methods of guarding their health.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fun on the Farm
Description: During this lesson, students will navigate the Internet to learn about farm animals. Students will take a virtual field trip with the teacher to explore a farm. They will also visit a website and explore farm animals and their sounds.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Upper and Lower Case Match-up
Description: This technology-based lesson has students navigate Internet sites to assist them with learning the letter names and sounds. Students also use slideshow presentations to identify letter matches and learn beginning sounds.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's Great to be ME!
Description: This lesson addresses the similarities and differences among people. Incorporating the literature of Eric Carle and a virtual field trip focusing on healthy habits and the five senses, students will have a greater sense of their connection to each other.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Computer Alphabet Book
Description: During this lesson, students will use the computer to make an alphabet book using word processing software. Students will demonstrate their ability to list pictures with the same beginning sound as the letters of the alphabet and learn how to insert clip art and type words in a document.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Tales
Description: During this lesson, students will recall events from a story and describe the life cycle of the butterfly. Students will use their imaginations, writing, and computer skills to create a butterfly tale. They will discuss and integrate words that describe butterflies in their butterfly tale.

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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What To Buy?
Description: During this lesson students get to experience shopping through a slide show. They have to choose an item and then place the correct amount of money beside the item they wish to purchase. Students also practice counting money via the Internet.

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Subject: Social Studies (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Safe or Not Safe
Description: During this lesson, kindergarten students learn many safety rules by navigating different Internet sites. Students also view a presentation to help them learn safety rules around school.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Label It!
Description: During this lesson, students will work to create word cards or "labels" to identify parts of the computer. Students will use basic letter sounds to help spell the correct words. Students will demonstrate their new knowledge by labeling parts of a computer.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mixing Colors to Make Orange and Green
Description: This is a hands-on lesson using paints to mix colors. This lesson could be used when teaching a unit on color recognition and would follow lessons where the three primary colors had already been introduced. It utilizes an interactive website about colors.

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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Favorite Time of Day
Description: This is a hands-on mathematics lesson for telling time to the hour. Students will use individual clocks with partners for guided practice. The assessment will be a writing/drawing activity incorporating the use of a computer for word processing purposes.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Little House
Description: During this lesson, students will actively listen to the story, The Little House, and determine the sequence of events. This lesson will be used to help students differentiate between natural changes and man-made changes in environments over time. The students will use word processing software to write about the little house's feelings. The students will also create their own little house.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonological Awareness/Beginning Sounds
Description: During this lesson students will develop phonological awareness through activities that focus on beginning sounds. Students will go on a scavenger hunt, make a picture book, and play games on the Internet in order to help them learn to identify beginning sounds.

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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tell Time to the Hour and Minute
Description: This lesson will teach students how to tell time by allowing them to use manipulative clocks and navigating the Internet. The students will even create their own clock to take home and demonstrate what they learned to their parents.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Edible Edits
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story Max's Wacky Taxi Day by Max Grover and edit capitalization and punctuation taken from the story. The students will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by working on the Internet.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Congruent Figures
Description: This lesson is an introduction to a unit about congruent shapes. Students will begin by listening to a book about shapes. They will then complete several hands-on activities, including sorting shapes, using their bodies to form congruent shapes, and using activities on the Internet to practice forming congruent shapes.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Lucky Charms Graphs
Description: This culminating lesson will use Lucky Charms cereal for review of sorting, counting, tally marks, and graphing. This is a fun and tasty way for students to learn about math.

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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Class Portrait: An Anthology In Words and Pictures
Description: Students will use a digital camera and word processor to produce an illustrated anthology of original poetry.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: I Am Poems
Description: Students will write and illustrate I Am poems. An I Am poem is an 18-line, three-stanza poem which students write about themselves, or a real or fictitious character. When all students have presented their poems to their classmates, the poems will be compiled in a booklet and shared with others.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: How Do Magnets Work?
Description: During this lesson students will examine magnets and determine that they have two poles (north and south). They will observe which poles attract and which poles repel.

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Subject: Arts Education (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We’re A Rainbow of Children
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify colors. The students will have the opporunity to explore colors by listening to a book, working on computers, singing songs and viewing colors on the Internet.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Writing Poems that Rhyme
Description: This lesson uses technology in the presentation and publication of student poems. A slideshow examples of poems that rhyme and practice poems to finish with the students. It also outlines and models the steps of the writing process used to write a poem. The students may publish their poems by typing them on a slide and/or a newsletter template.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Phonics Lesson: The ir, er, and ur Girls
Description: This phonics lesson will introduce the ir, er, and ur girls, but will focus on the /er/ sound. Students will learn that when found together the letters e and r make the /er/ sound instead of two separate sounds. Students will have the opportunity to make words with "er" on a dry erase board (or AlphaSmart) and will reinforce the lesson on the Internet.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Get to Know Big Al
Description: During this lesson the students will read and discuss the story Big Al, by Andrew Clements. Students will identify the story elements of Big Al and complete a story element map. Students will also do a character analysis of Big Al.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mexico
Description: In this lesson, students explore Mexico by navigating the Internet and reading a variety of literature. Traditions, holidays, clothing, etc., of Mexico will be compared to American culture. A newsletter creates a way for students to share and educate family members about Mexico.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting Into "Shape"
Description: Through observation and hands on activity, students identify plane shapes that make up geometric solids (space shapes).

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We Are Super-Duper!
Description: This lesson will be conducted in a classroom guidance setting by a school counselor. It will help children to understand that each person is unique and special. This lesson is interactive and incorporates both art and music.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Move Over: A Sequencing Lesson
Description: During this lesson students will learn about the sequencing of stories. Students will have the opportunity to retell stories using sequencing words they learn. They will also navigate an Internet site to reinforce the skills they learn during the lesson.

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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: We All Scream For Ice Cream!
Description: Students will learn the value of coins and a one dollar bill and to count coin combinations. This activity will provide them with a real world experience in which to practice these skills.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Parts of a Computer: A Beginning Computer Lesson
Description: This lesson is designed to give hands-on experience to students during their first experience at the computer. Students will learn correct positioning at the computer desk, proper positioning of hands on the keyboard, and the basic parts of a computer.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Traditions At Home and Around the World
Description: Each student will research his/her own family traditions and report findings to the class using presentation software. In partner groups, students will select a country to research. Their research will focus on traditions of a chosen country and will be compiled in brochure format.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Creepy Caterpillars to Beautiful Butterflies
Description: Students will explore the life cycle of a butterfly using a website and observations of caterpillar metamorphosis. This lesson will incorporate science, mathematics, language arts, and art.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Little Bear's Adventure
Description: During this lesson, students will read about Little Bear's adventure in the book Little Bear by Elsie Minarik. Students will learn about the elements of a story and then explore Little Bear through a WebQuest on the Internet. Students will also navigate a website to complete several tasks to learn more about Little Bear.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fishing for Computer Parts
Description: Young students will learn the basic parts of a computer and their care. They will then practice identifying the parts with a game of "Go Fish."

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Publishing a Book Report Using Word Processing
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps to using word processing. Students will use word processing software to publish a final copy of a book report. Students will review the main parts of a book report. This lesson will teach students technology skills they will use throughout their school career.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Toy Store Money
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to use real coins to purchase items in a class department store. Students will work to determine which coins they need to purchase an object. They will also practice counting skills on the Internet before the big shopping day.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Writing Process: Brainstorming
Description: This lesson will be used to introduce the writing process. Students will learn about the first step, brainstorming, through webbing activities. Students will also view other students' work on the Internet. Students will learn how to use Kidspiration software to begin the writing process.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Credit Recovery Science (1 - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Vibrations We Can See, Feel and Hear
Description: This four-part lesson allows students to explore the question of how sounds are made. Using wooden rulers, tongue depressors and tuning forks, students will explore and experience sound. Students will use what they have learned to create instruments. Throughout the unit students will use technology to record their thoughts and observations.

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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: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Come with Me to the Islands
Description: Students will explore several islands by watching a multimedia presentation prepared by the teacher on islands and how they were formed. Students will then use globes and maps to find various islands using cardinal directions given by the teacher. Students will work to make models of islands and draw and write about islands using software.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Graphing M
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a graph using M&M's. Students will compare the different numbers of M&M's by creating different math problems. Students will practice working different math problems on the Internet. Experience from this activity will be used to participate in the voting process.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Eat Five A Day
Description: During this lesson designed for students with moderate disabilities, students will learn the importance of eating at least five fruits and vegetables a day. This lesson includes a field trip to the grocery store to purchase fruits and vegetables. Students will learn about the food guide pyramid during the lesson. Students will also navigate the Internet to learn more about fruits and vegetables.

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Subject: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Now and Then and Back Again: A Study of Transportation
Description: By using a slideshow presentation and a Conestoga wagon project, students will experience different ways people have conquered the human and social need for transportation in America. Students will begin by studying ancient and Native American cultures and progress to the pioneer’s use of land vehicles for exportation of goods. They will create their own small wagon by using very simple materials, and have a contest to see whose cart can carry the most pennies. Upon conclusion of the study, students will compare and contrast our transportation today to that of the past by creating a multimedia presentation.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Cooking Experience with Blueberries For Sal
Description: This lesson will enhance the study of the color blue by providing a story, cooking experience and writing activity.

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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Creating Holiday Cards
Description: This lesson for incorporates painting and word processing software to create a card. Students will create original art work, insert it into a document, and print it. This can be done in a classroom or a lab setting with any age from second to fifth grade.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: My Book About Animals
Description: This lesson will allow students an opportunity to create a book about the different characteristics of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects. This lesson can be used as a wrap-up project for a unit on animals. This is a fun way for students to share what they have learned throughout the unit.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Go To The Zoo
Description: Students will create their favorite zoo animals using play dough. Using a word processor, students will create a sentence or short story about their animals.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Seeds and Germination
Description: This lesson will be introduced to the students as a part of a unit of study about plants. The students will learn to accurately diagram the parts of a seed and will predict what conditions are needed for germination.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penguin Tale or Tail?
Description: This interdisciplinary approach to science, language arts and technology will guide students into a study of real information about penguins and their habitat. They will learn to identify homophones and share what they learn using appropriated communication and listening skills.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: On the Loose With Dr. Seuss
Description: Students will survey teachers in order to find out the titles of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. They will work in small groups and use digital cameras to take pictures of each teacher and his/her favorite book.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Long and Short Vowel Sounds
Description: During this lesson, students will learn the different sounds vowels make. They will view a slideshow presentation that teaches them the different sounds. Once they have learned the sounds, students will create a document of pictures representing the different vowel sounds. Students will also navigate the Internet to practice identifying the different vowel sounds.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (1 - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Children's Zoo of Mammals
Description: This lesson is a technology-based project. This lesson can be taught as a part of an unit on mammals. Students will research different mammals and identify characteristics of mammals. They will also contrast and compare humans to other types of mammals. They will create a group multimedia presentation identifying mammals, characteristics of mammals, and a picture of the assigned mammal. Students will then use Publisher to design a newsletter to inform family members of our studies on mammals. A web site can be developed to enhance the students’ study of mammal.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Butterfly Life Cycles
Description: This unit introduces students to a study of life cycles by having them examine the life cycle of a butterfly. The students will observe, record and describe the changes in caterpillars as they become butterflies. The teacher will conclude the unit by having each student prepare a slide about a butterfly he/she has researched for a class slideshow presentation about butterflies.

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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Recognizing Letters of the Alphabet
Description: This lesson reviews the alphabet with very young learners and introduces the concept of shelving in the library. The lesson incorporates software, reading, and games to address individual learning modes of the students.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Bats, Bats, Bats!
Description: This lesson allows students to utilize the Internet to learn characteristics and behaviors of bats. It also introduces echolocation. Students will use websites to view types of bats and their habitats.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Email Pals
Description: The students will participate in an Internet pen pals exchange. They will exchange email with students in other parts of the United States or in other countries. They will learn about the culture and climate in other states and countries through participating in this activity.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Kids, Keys and Care
Description: This lesson will present a visual demonstration of the care of a computer keyboard and mouse. Students will be able to demonstrate with hands-on involvement the general care rules of the keyboard and mouse.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Do We Have It and Where Can I Find It?
Description: Students will use the electronic card catalog to locate books in the Media Center. Students will determine if the Media Center has a particular item, if it is currently available, and where the item is located in the Media Center.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting to Know the Computer
Description: Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will view a teacher-made multimedia presentation introducing the basic parts of a computer. The kindergarten and first grade students will then identify the parts verbally. The second grade students will identify the parts by clicking on the correct answer provided in the presentation.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Spine Labels - What are they and why are they there?
Description: This is a first or second grade library skills unit, conducted by the librarian with help from the art, computer, and homeroom teachers. Students will create: their own book cover and title page containing title, author & slideshow template; and one part of a class web page. It is possible to use only certain parts of this unit as a stand-alone lesson for use in the library, however, standards addressed assume completion of entire unit.

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Subject: Mathematics (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Double Your Flavor
Description: As students begin memorizing the multiplication math facts, they will need many ways to visualize and practice the multiplication concepts. In this lesson they will begin practice with arrays, skip counting, and moving manipulatives for the 0,1,2,3,and 4 times tables.

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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fifty States Project
Description: Students will follow simple research steps in the school media center and on the Internet to complete a poster on an assigned state by identifying the state's symbols and agricultural products.

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Subject: Arts Education (K - 1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Easter Egg Eggstravaganza
Description: Computer and language arts skills will be introduced, reinforced and enriched through Easter activities related to the book The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood.

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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Counting Zero to Five
Description: Students will be introduced in this lesson to the numerals zero through five. Students will associate the numeral with the correct number of objects. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the quantities zero through five showing "How many?" by counting their fingers or using a closed fist for zero.

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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animal Cracker Sorting
Description: In this lesson students will be given the opportunity to practice using mathematical vocabulary to describe a set of data. Following data collection students will also create a graph using the computer.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Habitats
Description: What is a habitat? In this lesson, students will identify that a habitat has four elements, food, water, shelter, and space. Students will identify their own habitat and create a brochure describing the habitat in terms of food, water, shelter, and space. They will work in cooperative groups to create a multimedia presentation describing the food, water, shelter, and space needs of one animal.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Credit Recovery Science (1 - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Beginner's AVL (Alabama Virtual Library)
Description: Students will research the red fox using an online encyclopedia from the Alabama Virtual Library web site and answer questions provided by the teacher. This is a good lesson for students' first experience in using the AVL.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Sounds: What We Hear!
Description: Students will create a descriptive writing about the sounds they hear in a favorite place. This is a good follow-up to a science unit on sound.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Introduction to PowerPoint
Description: Second grade students will view a teacher-made digital slideshow. The teacher will then walk the students through the process of opening PowerPoint or other presentation software, picking a slide format and adding text.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Looks Like Snow
Description: This lesson uses the book, The Jacket I Wear In The Snow, by Shirley Neitzel, to build writing skills as well as introduce students to the skills of alphabetizing, sequencing, and recognizing synonyms. This lesson could be used to integrate a winter weather unit into the Language Arts curriculum.

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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Weather Detectives
Description: This is an introductory lesson to a second grade weather unit. The students will be observing the weather each day for one week and recording their observations in a chart. The students will be integrating information from the Internet as well as what they learn in English by using adjectives in their descriptions. After the students have collected data for a week, in cooperative groups, they will predict the weather for the next week. The teacher will show the students guides or weather reports from past years for that particular week in order to guide them in the direction of an accurate prediction. The students will go to a technology lab to look up and record the weather from a teacher-selected web site.

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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting to Know You
Description: The students will go on an in-school scavenger hunt to get to know the many kinds of people that make up an elementary school community. They will work in small groups and use digital cameras to take pictures of the workers they find. By completing the scavenger hunt, the students will gain a better understanding of how we are all dependent on one another in a small community.

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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Nouns, Verbs, and Describing Words
Description: This language arts lesson uses technology to assess students' understanding of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Each student will use a digital camera to take a picture at school. He will then write a descriptive sentence about the picture using a word processor. Students will use a specified colored font to identify the nouns, verbs, and adjectives in the sentence.

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Title: Here Comes the Mouse!
Digital Tool: Mini Mouse - Simple Mouse Practice Games
Digital Tool Description: Each digital tool teaches basic manipulative mouse skills. Students will engage in simple games that teach students to move the mouse and click, click and drag, basic timing skills and judgement of spacial relationships. Basic eye-hand coordination and timing skills are introduced.

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Title: Parts of Speech
Digital Tool: Sparklefish
Digital Tool Description: This educational app is a Mad libs type story creation game to reinforce parts of speech knowledge.

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Title: Comparing and Contrasting
Digital Tool: Venn Diagram
Digital Tool Description: The Venn diagram app allows students to compare and contrast any topic. The diagram can then be saved to the camera roll on the iPad as well as emailed as a PDF file.

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Title: Counting Kindergarteners
Digital Tool: Toontastic
Digital Tool Description: This tool will allow students to become actively engaged in lessons by creating their own video that corresponds with topics of the lesson.  The students will work in groups collaboratively to produce their short video.  This tool can be used with any content area.

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Title: Are These Equal?
Digital Tool: Nearpod
Digital Tool Description: Nearpod is an online tool that allows teachers to create presentations that engage students as well as assess students.

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Title: Build Typing Skills
Digital Tool: BBC Dance Mat Typing
Digital Tool Description: BBC Dance Mat Typing provides an interactive typing site for teaching elementary students typing skills. The program is broken down into learning two letters at a time. Students watch a video on the letters that they are learning and then the students are able to apply what they have learned.

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Title: A Walk in Their Shoes: Exploring the Underground Railroad
Digital Tool: The Underground Railroad: The Journey
Digital Tool Description: In this interactive tool, students are presented with real life situations that a slave might have faced when attempting to escape on the Underground Railroad. In these situations, students must decide if yes they would or no they wouldn't go forth with the options presented to them. Students are introduced to multiple people who were instrumental in the success of the Underground Railroad, such as Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, Frederick Douglas, and Susan B. Anthony. If followed all the way thorough, students will conclude their journey in Canada as free citizens.

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Title: Word Chomp
Digital Tool: Screen Chomp (iPad app)
Digital Tool Description: Students will use the iPad app ScreenChomp to improve sight word recognition and fluency reading skills.

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Title: Interdependence: How are we connected?
Digital Tool: National Geographic Global Closet Calculator
Digital Tool Description: The Global Closet Calculator is an interactive tool that allows students to see how we are connected to other countries through the use of resources. The first part of the interactive shows students how their clothes connect them globally. In the second part, the students will have to make critical decisions as they follow the journey of making a pair of blue jeans or an MP3 player.

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Title: Journey to the Center of the Earth Meets the Internet
Digital Tool: Weebly
Digital Tool Description: Weebly is a great technological tool that allows the user to design their own website. This tool is great for students because it introduces them to the technological aspects of web design. It allows the user to design the website with various themes to choose from. The site also allows the user to add photos, videos, and other audio players to their website. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can also be linked to the website. Webpages for the site can also be created and managed to include blogs and comments about anything the user desires.