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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Right Before Our Eyes
Description: Students will explore how animals use vision to receive information through the senses, process that information, and respond to it in different ways. On day one, this lesson is broken into three station activities that allow the students to use kaleidoscopes, binoculars, and fish-eye mirrors to imagine what animals might have such vision and how they use this vision. On days two and three, the students will work collaboratively to create a presentation to explain how animals use vision to process information and respond to aid in survival.   This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native Americans: How Their Environment Affected Their Culture
Description: In this lesson, students will research one Native American group from each of the six main biomes in North America. Students will use their developing technology and language arts skills to find reliable sources on the internet, evaluate and integrate information from these texts, select a suitable digital platform to share their findings, and create a cohesive presentation showcasing their mastery of the learning outcomes. Students will discover the climate, landforms, water, and other natural resources available within each region and how they were used by the natives living there. Students will explore the relationships between the cultures found within each region and its resources.  This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mapping the Travels of Paul Bunyan Through Alabama, Too!
Description: During this lesson, students will recount a Paul Bunyan tall tale, an entertaining way to identify bodies of water and landforms in the United States. Although Paul Bunyan's Tales did not focus on Alabama, students will create their own narratives after viewing photographs of major mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes throughout Alabama (ACOS 3.2). This lesson will utilize older maps of the United States and Alabama, which are used to remind us that this folk tale was handed down orally until the early 1900s when a newspaper printed several accounts of the tall tale. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


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Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Tour Lady Liberty!
Description: In this lesson, students will embark on a virtual field trip to the Statue of Liberty. This exciting tour will enable students to make observations related to the statue's iconic history. These observations will allow students to gain an appreciation of the size of the statue, what the statue represents, and how it is an important symbol to our country.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newscast on the Battles of the Ironclad Ships
Description: This lesson is on the ironclad ships and the battles that took place during the Civil War. Students will use the information from previous lessons to create a simulated newscast that takes place during an actual battle between ironclad ships.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who's Talking?
Description: This lesson provides an opportunity for the students to write a biography and provide an excerpt of the bio using a Web 2.0 tool. This is a week long activity using the 5 stages of writing. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted: Angles of all Sizes!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore straight, right, acute and obtuse angles. Students will go to the playground to search for angles. The students will use digital cameras to record their findings. They will use their findings to create a PowerPoint to present to the class.


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Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Master of Disaster (Elementary Grades)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together     
Description: Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Activities  
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Subject: English Language Arts (5), Arts Education (5), Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5)
Title: Cracking the Secret Code in Media Arts
Description: Analyzing a commercial for a high-interest product, students will identify the elements and principles of design used to convey the message and ideal of a company through a digital collaborative space. Students will generate many, varied, and unusual ways to communicate their own message, matching the company's ideals, through a different use of elements and principles of design. This is the third activity in a series of four to meet Media Arts Standard 5.1: Using Productive Thinking in Media ArtsIdentifying and Choosing a Message in Media ArtsCracking the Code in Media ArtsStoryboarding in Media Arts This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 8)
Title: How to Use Google Classroom
Description: This informational website and video clip will provide teachers with instructions to set up a virtual Google Classroom and demonstrate how students will join the virtual classroom. Additionally, this digital tool will show how the teacher can create assignments and provide feedback through this online platform. 


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Subject: Mathematics (1), Technology Education (3 - 5), English Language Arts (K - 1), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (1 - 3)
Title: Zoo Summer Camp Mystery
Description: This activity is a digital breakout to enhance a unit with animal standards or for classes that have a field trip to the Birmingham Zoo. It can be used before or after the field trip or during the unit. It is an activity that will build collaborative and critical thinking. It can be used as a whole group activity for K-2 classrooms or for teachers/classrooms that are not familiar to digital breakouts. It can be an activity for small groups in K-5 rooms if students are familiar with digital breakouts.  This Learning Activity was created in partnership with the Birmingham Zoo. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3)
Title: What's the Difference?
Description: Edmodo is a social media tool used in the classroom. Teachers can create accounts and add students to specific groups. The group leader can assign homework, quizzes, or send out reminders, and students are allowed to post to the teacher’s wall and turn in assignments. This lesson will use Edmodo to assign a group podcast. The students will be using Podomatic to upload their podcasts. Podomatic allows students to record, upload, and edit their podcasts.   


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5), English Language Arts (5)
Title: The Many Themes of Prezi-tations
Description: Prezi is cloud-based presentation creation tool, meaning you can present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips. 


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Subject: Social Studies (5), Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5)
Title: Point of View of the American Revolution
Description: Students will use Edmodo to post their opinions on the American Revolution, such as what the significant causes of the American Revolution were and how the American Revolution could have been avoided. Students will describe the events that led to the American Revolution on Edmodo.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5), Mathematics (3), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3)
Title: Kids Teaching Kids
Description: Mathtrain.TV is a free, educational "kids teaching kids" project. There are different video channels for every subject. You can make an account for the class for free but you do not need an account just to view videos. You can upload a video once you make an account. There are teacher-created videos and student-created videos. Students and teachers can create these through their computers or iPads. Children love watching other children's work. Watching other kids' projects helps students better understand the content.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 8)
Title: Interactive Presentations!
Description: Nearpod is an interactive presentation that a teacher or student can download and create. "Create, Engage, Assess'. There are many possibilities with this tool. 


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3 - 5)
Title: Fast answering and Furious questioning
Description: iBrainstorm is a tool used to help with organization skills, planning, sharing, drawing and remembering important ideas. This tool can be used to help the teacher and the students become more efficient with timing. The tool will be used during lessons to help the teacher and students understand each other. This tool will be used when students have questions for the teacher during group or individual assignments. This allows the teacher to reply to each students questions quickly without having the distraction of students walking around or waiting for the teacher to come to their desk.   


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Infuse Story Sequences
Description: InfuseLearning is a web-based student response system that allows teachers to create assessments either prior to class sessions or spontaneously during a lesson. The assessments can be administered in several formats. Some of which include multiple choice, true or false, sort in order, and open ended text answers. The Sort in Order quiz will be used for this learning asset to assess student understanding of story content and structure. 


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5), Science (K - 3), Social Studies (3), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3)
Title: Educreating a Disaster Plan
Description: Educreations allows you to create and record lessons for students to view independently.  In addition, it give students a creative media they can use to prepare presentations for their teachers and classmates.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (4)
Title: Untangling the Web
Description: Doodle Splash is an online interactive that allows students to incorporate their drawings with their writing.  This site allows them to visualize their ideas and prompts them to write about those ideas.


ALEX Learning Activities: 12

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