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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Need for Speed
Description: After viewing an introductory illustrated podcast on speed, distance, time, and velocity, students explore distance-time graphs using interactive websites. Working in cooperative learning groups, students will investigate the motion of toy pull-back racers and collect data to analyze the speed of the cars between various positions marked on the race track. Students will use the data to create graphs, analyze data and present findings to the class.

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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Shaping the Future
Description: Students will utilize new found knowledge of architectural design and engineering to apply math and science skills in building a structure. By using interactive websites, they will create scale drawing plans and design and engineer a card structure that should withstand the weight of a regular textbook.

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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (7 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Introduction to Database Management
Description: This lesson introduces students to the concept of organized information in a database. This is an introduction, so there are no computer exercises. A PowerPoint presentation is used as a visual aid for discussion and explanation.  Students will receive presentation handouts to refer to during the presentation and to use afterward while completing a worksheet to assess what they have learned.

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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who's who in our Government?
Description: Students will do Internet research to identify key government officials. Each student will create an animated character to introduce a key official to the class.

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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: Everyone loves a parade!   As an end to a unit on Ancient Greece, students will  produce an Ancient Greek shoebox float celebrating one of the cultural contributions of the civilization.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Is Separate Equal?  The Role of School Integration in the Civil Rights Movement
Description: Students will read and do research in order to build their background knowledge regarding school integration.  Students will use various websites and view online videos to develop an understanding of segregation and integration of schools during the Civil Rights Movement.  Students will then write and publish a picture book about school integration.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: See Me, Hear Me, Understand Me:  Franklin D. Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Address
Description: The viewing goals for this lesson were for students to use a visual text, Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech (played first without sound), to identify visual cues & understand why he may have chosen to use certain gestures, facial expressions, & body language to communicate his message. I wanted students to view & identify what an effective speaker does when speaking formally. By noticing & analyzing visual cues, I wanted students to infer the purpose of his speech & intended audience. The listening goals for this lesson were for students to listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech (after watching it first with no sound), and discriminate, through his chosen words, the purpose of his speech & point of view. Students were asked to listen to FDR's use of voice & tone to understand his message. In the group conversations that followed, my goal was for students to listen to & consider the perspectives/ideas of others & work together to analyze what they heard that made this a formal speech. The speaking goals for the lesson were for students to react through speaking to the video clip & apply characteristics of FDR's formal speaking to their own formal speaking by considering gestures, facial expressions, body language, voice, tone, & specific vocabulary to communicate purpose & point of view. In segment one, my goal was for students to notice how, through listening/viewing, FDR communicated his message & viewpoint, not simply the topic of his message.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Interest.....ing Math Lesson
Description: Eventually everyone will need to borrow money for one reason or another. A good understanding of how interest works will go a long way when applying for a loan. In this lesson students will complete a KWL chart about the purchase of a new vehicle. Students will visit several Websites where they will be able to practice computing simple interest. Then students will have an opportunity to compute simple interest problems that are located in a interactive whiteboard presentation. Students will also answer several written questions about simple interest. They will also create a presentation that will contain information that they gathered during one of the activities that are included in this lesson.

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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Giver - Authority
Description: A unit lesson using the book The Giver by Louis Lowry that will have students be researchers and recorders in the process of finding information on Utopian societies, cults and authority. Students will complete a Powerpoint, Glogster, essay or news broadcast by the conclusion of the essay.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Constructing Narratives: A Unit Plan for Taking Apart and Reconstructing Stories
Description: This lesson is designed as a project-based unit plan that will take students through the narrative process from deconstruction to construction.  After initial discussion, students will use the Interactive Story Map feature at Read Write Think to deconstruct a short story.  Students will use pictures to put together a PowerPoint-based storyboard that other students will use to construct a story.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Poetry and Music Fun with Chris Daughtry
Description: This language arts lesson grabs students' attention by incorporating a popular musician. The lyrics to "Over You" include vivid language that makes identifying figures of speech intriguing. The students will identify similes, metaphors, and hyperbole within the lyrics. The students will analyze the lyrics and create an MP3 file or podcast with their analysis.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Run Around the World
Description: Students developing new fitness programs have to balance increased ability with increased risk.  This lesson teaches the student to create a running/biking path using Google Earth.  The student can then discuss safety parameters along the course in a presentation to the class.

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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: My First Apartment
Description: This lesson plan is a 2-day, technology-based, real-world application that will help students understand the expenses of their living conditions when moving into a new apartment with a roommate. This lesson plan can be used in Pre-Algebra, Algebraic Connections, and Business courses. Students will create an expense portfolio with given occupation and expenses.

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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: 2020 - Year of the Cool School!
Description: Hey! Are you tired of your old lame school? Are the halls too narrow? Do you like walking outside to get to the cafeteria? Are the classrooms too small? Is the design too simple - just too wacky for a middle school? Well, now is the biggest break of your lives - You and your peers will design the school of the future and make history! Your biggest challenge is to create a section of a dream school that oozes and awes your peers. Each team will design a section (cafeteria, library, performing arts room, or recreational room) of the school, research different floor coverings for the section, research different loans to cover the cost of the floor coverings, and design a model of each section. Grab your math knowledge and as many construction tools as you can because you are about to construct a building for the world to remember. But wait, THE CATCH - your team will be competing against other groups. So put your thinking caps on and let the building begin!

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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: In groups, students will conduct surveys and collect the data from their surveys. Then they will analyze the data and create various methods of displaying the collected data.

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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 7), or Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Early Americas Civilizations PowerPoint
Description: This lesson is for cooperative learning groups. This lesson will take place in the classroom and the computer lab. Students will create PowerPoints on the early Americas civilizations of the Hohokam, Anasazi, Mississipians, Inuit, Iroquis, Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Students will compare these early Americas civilizations. Students will explain the government, culture and society of each of the above groups. Students will also create a codex on themselves using information learned from the Mayan codices.

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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Los Paises Hispanos
Description: This lesson will introduce beginning Spanish students to basic reading skills needed to comprehend material in another language while also providing basic information on Spanish speaking countries.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: All I Want for Christmas (a spreadsheet investigation)
Description: Students will complete a Santa list using a Spreadsheet. Students will enter a list of items they want for Christmas, try to estimate the cost, and total their cost. They will then go on an internet shopping trip to find the actual cost of their items. They will then have an itemized list they can give to their special "santa".

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets -- A New Study Tool
Description: Students will learn to use spreadsheets to enter if-then statements that can then be used for study guides for any subject area. Students will create a generic spreadsheet that gives feedback when they enter a correct response to a particular question. They must understand the questions they are entering in order to enter the correct formula to get the desired feedback.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Description: This practical use of spreadsheets will allow students to practice entering data, and finding the sum and the mean for the set of data. It will reinforce skills the students have already learned about spreadsheets. In addition, students will be able to manipulate their data to see the effects of low scores on assignments.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Graphing for Dollars
Description: This is a collaborative effort between Leo Straughn, Riley Robinson and Barbara Lucassen. It is a lesson for cooperative learning groups of 2-3 students. This lesson will take place in the classroom if there is computer access or in a computer lab. This lesson uses a real-world scenario to teach students how to evaluate an account balance by creating a linear equation. From this equation, the students will determine the slope and y-intercept and create a graphical representation of the account balance. Students will use this graph to extrapolate information to answer probing questions.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 12)
Title: Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 2
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will use the information, pictures, diagrams, and narratives created in Part 1 to develop a brochure. The brochure will consist of guidelines for handicap accessible ramps, sample calculations and contact information. It must be suitable for distribution at city hall.

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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with \$1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given \$1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your \$1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!

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Subject: Mathematics (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Shape Are You?
Description: In this lesson, students will read "The Greedy Triangle" by Marilyn Burns, participate in class activities to classify two- and three-dimensional shapes, produce a powerpoint describing a chosen shape, and make a picture of themselves as one of the shapes.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Effects of Drug Abuse
Description: Students will be able to describe the dangerous consequences of drug abuse. Students will learn that illegal drugs are harmful to the drug abuser and to others.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Day at a Theme Park (Mathematics, 6th grade, Coordinate grid)
Description: Rationale: The sixth grade curriculum and state standards require the students to understand the coordinate grid, quadrants, etc. This lesson allows the students to apply their knowledge of the coordinate grid, coordinates, and plotting points all while developing technological skills. The lesson also permits the students to create a coordinate grid and plot points on the x and y axis using a map of a theme park.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hardships During the Great Depression
Description: Students will be divided into groups of 2 or more. Each group will be given a choice of jobs that were available during the 1930s. Students will learn to manage their cost of living and household expenses.

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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Creature Creations
Description: This is a collaborative effort between Mary Smith and Christine Olsen. It is a lesson for cooperative learning groups of 3 to 4 students. This lesson will take place in the classroom, the science laboratory, and the computer lab. Students will learn how to differentiate between dominant and recessive traits and genotypes. They will use this knowledge to construct a model creature, identifying its traits, and specifying which traits are dominant. Students will then predict the possible outcomes of genetic crosses between “parent” creatures.

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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Congress: Requirements for Office, Members Currently Serving in the United States Congress, and Characteristics and Experiences Needed for Election to Public Office
Description: The students will research and present a computer slide-show on the requirements of office of the Senate and the House of Representatives and a special focus on the two Senators and a House member from one selected state. The students will create an election brochure in which they themselves will run for one of the above offices.

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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Where Did You Get Those "Jeans"?
Description: This lesson can be interdisciplinary involving science, mathematics, and language arts. The primary nature of the lesson is inquiry, project, and technology-based. In science this project is a culminating activity in the heredity unit.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain
Description: Students research the history and the traditions surrounding the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and bullfighting and its significance to the Spanish culture. Students submit a typed report on their findings and in pairs present those findings to the class.

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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Parent Brochures for English Language Learners
Description: In this lesson English Language Learners will design and publish a brochure that introduces the school to their parents. The brochure includes English and native language translations, pictures, and explanations of school function. The lesson can be adjusted for any grade level.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Was So Depressing About the Great Depression?
Description: This lesson focuses on the effects of the Great Depression on American life in the period from 1929-1940. Students learn about changes in art, music and literature that symbolize life of the everyday man. Students also learn about the causes that lead to the Great Depression.

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Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Description: In this lesson students conduct print and Internet research to gather information about a contempory author. Students create an author trading card featuring this information and then collect and/or trade these cards as they select reading material.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching Mark Twain's Early Life and Experiences
Description: This lesson requires students to use the Internet to research the early life of Mark Twain and the influence of his childhood experiences on his writing. The lesson includes letter writing, reading, role playing, and working in a group to create a slideshow presentation.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Long Way From Chicago: Web Search
Description: Used as an introduction to the reading of Richard Peck's book, A Long Way From Chicago, this lesson is designed to familiarize students with topics that help them to better understand the setting of the novel. Students search the Internet for information and present their findings to the class in an oral presentation.

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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
Description: Before reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, students examine different aspects of Victorian Life in London through a variety of research projects requiring hands-on computer activities.

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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring the Culture of Europe
Description: In this technology-based lesson, students will create a slideshow presentation or a travel brochure to highlight attractions in a chosen country and the historical significance of each attraction. Students will present their created products to the class at the end of a European culture study.

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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comparing Two Fossil Localities
Description: During this lesson students go on a field trip to locate fossils. Students investigate their findings and identify them using resources from the Internet. They then videoconference to compare/contrast their hypotheses with those of another school.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Lois Lowry's The Giver: Using a WebQuest to Create a Persuasive Brochure
Description: After reading Lois Lowry's The Giver, students use a WebQuest to research ideas and themes from the novel. Students use their research and persuasive writing skills to create a brochure designed to sell a way of thinking or way of life addressed in the novel.

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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to All?
Description: This lesson is designed to be taught after an introduction to immigration history or as a culminating activity. This is a hands-on, technology-based lesson that relates a student's individual immigration history to the boom of immigration in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. This lesson also gives students insight into the rise of anti-immigrant feelings in the United States during this time period.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.

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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: El Dinero y La Bandera de España (o Mexico, Peru, etc.)
Description: This plan is a research activity in which foreign language students use technology to discover the currency of a country. This research will lead to an historical scavenger hunt and end with the country's current exchange rate to that of the United States. Also, students will discover and explain the country's flag and its historical significance. This plan is based on a Spanish class lesson, but could be applied to any foreign language.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Vamos a Viajar
Description: Students will learn about Spanish-speaking countries around the world. They will create brochures or newsletters to illustrate their research.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What’s Going On and Where Am I?
Description: In this lesson, students write a descriptive essay about an historical event as seen through the eyes of an alien from a different planet and time. The lesson encourages the use of colorful and exciting adjectives, adverbs, and verbs in the essay.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Heritage Project
Description: This research project requires students to connect with the past by researching both primary and secondary sources for family history. Their findings are presented in a keepsake portfolio and in a multimedia presentation comparing the historical time period of an ancestor to their own.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Lou Gehrig and Character Education
Description: After reading book or short story about Lou Gehrig, students conduct online research to learn more about him. Using the material they gather about his life and character, students create a flyer/poster. Students then participate in a virtual field trip from the Baseball Hall of Fame entitled "Lou Gehrig: The Iron Horse."

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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who's Who on Olympus and Why Should I Care?
Description: References to mythology extend far beyond the basic exploration of a genre. This unit will serve as an exploration of the creation myth across cultures, an introduction to the major Greek gods and goddesses, and an opportunity to link mythology to today's world. Students will research and create a newsletter on a creation myth and the culture from which it came. They will also plan and present a slideshow presentation about a major god or goddess of ancient Greece, including allusions to him/her in today's world.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Will I Do With My Life?
Description: This lesson gives students a better understanding of careers that fit their personalities. Students take an interest survey, calculate salary, search for possible jobs available in their area, and create a business card.

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Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Comets
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore comets. By navigating the Internet, viewing a slideshow, and participating in a videoconference with NASA, students will discover what comets are all about.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Let's Make A Change
Description: A business marketing class and a family and consumer science class collaborate to redecorate the Oval Office for a newly-elected President from Alabama. One class researches the history of the Oval Office and the other supplies the measurements, colors, and furniture choices for the redecoration. A budget is prepared, a spreadsheet utilized, design boards made, and presentation projects created. (The lesson can be adapted for one class.)

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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
Description: Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: We're Talking Baseball!
Description: During this lesson students use mathematical skills to determine baseball statistics. They can locate their favorite players' stats on the Internet and determine batting average and slugging percentage.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Food Fit for a King?
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to interpret and create bar graphs to compare the nutritional values of fast food. Students will learn many skills during this lesson that will help them create graphs independently. The Internet will serve as a reference to help them learn to create graphs using a spreadsheet program.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Cite Online Resources and Complete Bibliographic Citations
Description: After research in the Alabama Virtual Library, students will write a paragraph essay and use an online citation utility to create bibliographic citations for an online encyclopedia, an online magazine, and a print resource. Copying and pasting the URL address, students will use word processing to create a bibliography.

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Subject: Arts Education (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson: Using Art to Study Plot
Description: In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine the artwork in Lasceaux Cave in France via Internet and illustrate a chapter summary from Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson in "caveman style."

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.

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Subject: Arts Education (6), or Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: After analyzing the techniques of propaganda in commercial advertising, students work in cooperative "business" groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Line of Symmetry
Description: During this lesson, students will use a hands-on method to identify lines of symmetry. Each student will create individual lines of symmetry by using their name. Creations are unique and individualized for each student. Students will also learn more details about lines of symmetry by navigating the Internet. Students will do online activities to reinforce what they have learned about lines of symmetry.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Shake ‘n Go Fractions
Description: This lesson is designed for cooperative groups. Students will use a computer tutorial to practice computing equivalent fractions and then will apply what they have learned to adjust a recipe for a tasty snack.

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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Modeling and Adding Integers Using Numbers Lines and Counters
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to add integers and apply this lesson to real life situations. In this lesson students will model and add integers using number lines and counters through the use of technology-based resources. Hands-on activities and class discussions will enhance and reinforce the objectives.

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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: I Am a Fish
Description: This cross-curricular lesson combines research on an ecological issue with creative writing. After conducting research on an important environmental issue, students will present their findings from a different point of view.

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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: African-American Scientists and Inventors
Description: Besides George Washington Carver, what other African-Americans made contributions to American life? The class will explore the careers of famous and not-so-famous African-American scientists and inventors. Also, they will plan and present a slideshow on five of these individuals and explain why each is significant.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ah-Choo!!!
Description: An infectious disease is the breakdown in the structure or function of a living organism. In this lesson, seventh grade science students will discover that diseases can be caused by many different factors. Students will research an infectious disease and create an informative brochure to demonstrate what they have learned.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Description: In this lesson, students will learn how high blood pressure can affect the body without one being aware of it. Using the Internet, students will learn causes, preventive measures, and treatment plans. Students will learn how lifestyle and heredity impacts high blood pressure.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
Description: This lesson will concentrate on the differences between drug abuse and drug misuse, effects of drugs on the body, and effects of alcohol and tobacco on the body.

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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.

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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Traffic Jams in the Circulatory System!
Description: Students will discover how atherosclerosis can cause plaque build up in the inner walls of arteries leading to hardening of the arteries which leads to cardiac disease. Students will research atherosclerosis using the Internet and prepare a slide show presentation to communicate the causes and effects of atherosclerosis. Each student will complete a newsletter or brochure to motivate other students, teachers, and staff to monitor diet.

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Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Cells
Description: Students will research prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The students will then research plant and animal cells, comparing and contrasting the two. Students will also research the major organelles and the function of each. Students will then construct a slideshow presentation with accompanying brochure to communicate the information.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Hero by Any Other Name. . .
Description: In conjunction with a study of literary or national heroes or in recognition of 9/11 week, students select a hero from among their family and friends, gather information about him/her, and prepare a multimedia presentation of their research.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.

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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Description: This lesson introduces students to Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. After considering the impact of Ms. Parks' heroism, students will explore its relevance to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn new vocabulary and will answer a questionnaire that will be published on the web. Students will then create a tribute to Rosa Parks' heroism that will be submitted to a classroom book.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Extra! Extra! Harlem Renaissance Tribune
Description: From writing with Langston Hughes to dancing with Bojangles, explore 1920-30 Harlem and publish a newspaper about the arts and entertainment of this cultural renaissance that brought new energy and sound to the world.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Fighting for Gender and Racial Equality
Description: In this lesson students will examine the lives of key leaders and events in the fight for gender and racial equality at the turn of the 20th century. Through this inquiry study students will choose one of these leaders or events to research. The research content will be the basis of a written summary on an individual or event. The students will also create a visual aide or role-play relating the life and times of the individual or event.

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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Wow! What a trip!
Description: Students are sent back in time to Europe during the Middle Ages. They will stay for five days. They are taking a camera and a journal with them. They will present their journals and their pictures to the class when they return.

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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Visualizing Islam
Description: Islam is the youngest of the three Semitic religions; however, it is the second largest religion in the world. The impact of Islam on national and international politics creates a need for students to discover how and why this religion spread so far, so fast, and with such dramatic influence around the world. Students will be able to find the answers to these questions and more through researching history, geography, expansion, cultural and societal roles, and Islamic contributions. Students will orally present their findings to the class with a visual aid.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Escape to Freedom
Description: Students will read Number the Stars by Lois Lowrey. This novel about World War II, the Holocaust, and heroism, provides the topic for an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary lesson. Students will utilize their skills in technology and research to learn why there are dictators like Hitler, followers like the Nazis, and people from all walks of life who endanger their lives for the good of others.

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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Study Of Human Geography
Description: Geographers are social scientists who are interested in human activities as well as the physical environment. Human geography includes a wide range of topics, such as the study of languages, religions, customs, economics, and political systems. A special focus of human geography is demography. This social science is the study of populations, including such topics as birth, marriage, migration, and death.

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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Introduction to African American Poets
Description: In this lesson student groups will research selected African American poets using the Alabama Virtual Library. Each group will present its findings according to a chosen format.

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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Understanding and Using Boolean Operators
Description: After an introduction to the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, parenthesis and NEAR, students practice searches using a worksheet.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Newspapers: Facts and Opinions
Description: In order to sharpen a student's understanding of the differences between facts and opinions, this lesson incorporates both the close reading of a newspaper and the writing of a factual article and a letter to the editor.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our African American Heroes
Description: Students will create a short digital slideshow presentation and brochure on a famous black American.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Other Side of Sugar
Description: This lesson will identify the various types and quantities of sugars found in foods and how they affect our body. Students will discover the link between these foods and the disease called “diabetes.” The different types of diabetes will be discussed, along with preventative measures and medical requirements. Students will work in groups to research and prepare presentations in the form of slideshows, newsletters, display boards, or written reports for at least three of the content questions. Each group will respond to a different set of content questions in order to address all aspects of the unit. The culminating activity will be for each student to individually interview a person who has diabetes and capture their comments about the disease, how it affects them emotionally and physically, and how it has affected their families.

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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Spanish Travel Brochures
Description: Students will incorporate information from Internet research in creating original travel brochures for Spanish speaking countries using word processing or publishing software. Students could alternatively create wikis or podcasts.

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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Weapons of World War I
Description: The students will use the Internet and the school's media center to discover the weapons of World War I. They will compare and contrast the weapons used during that time period with the weapons that are used in warfare today. At the conclusion of the lesson, the students will create a digital slideshow with the history, uses, and changes in old and new military technology.

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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Atoms and Models of Atoms
Description: This lesson introduces students to scientific models. The students will learn how models of the atom have changed as new evidence is gathered. The students will also learn about the current model of the atom. Each student will make a model of an atom of a different element.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Narrative Writing: The Autobiographical Incident
Description: After organizing their thoughts using a graphic organizer, students write a narrative essay which relates an autobiographical incident. Students present their essays in a slideshow which allows their classmates to practice predicting an outcome as they guess the ending of the narrative. Some of the essays will be included in a class newsletter created by the students.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Technology
Description: Students will create a slide on an assigned topic that will become part of a class presentation. The class presentation will trace the evolution of the computer, identify the pioneers of technology, investigate the impact technology has had on the workplace and society, and examine how technology has influenced the course of history in geneeral. This project is a semester long assignment with required progress due each six weeks. Computer lab time will need to be made available either during or after school throughout the semester.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Career Exploration for the Middle School Student
Description: This is a technology-based career guidance project during which students select a career to research on the Internet. Students will create slideshow presentations of information on selected careers and present the slideshows to the class.

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Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Fourteenth Century
Description: Students will study the upheaval and uncertainty of living during the 14th century. They will read about the Hundred Years War, the plague, and the schism within the Catholic church.

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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What about Steinbeck's The Pearl?
Description: In this three week unit on the novel The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, students examine and discuss the characteristics of a novel, compare and contrast the novel to folk tales and short stories, write chapter summaries and essays, and conduct Internet research to prepare slideshow presentations on related topics, including both those reflecting cultural differences of the novel's characters and those issues involving the economic principle of supply and demand.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Guided Tour of Paris
Description: Students will play the role of a Paris tour guide. Traveling on the Paris Metro System, students will guide tourists through the city to point out the location and important facts of major historical landmarks.

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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Us: Writing and Presenting Poetry
Description: In this lesson students write a poem about their class and classmates. Students then transfer their poems to individual presentation slides which are combined with their classmates' slides to create a class slideshow presentation. This presentation can be printed to create a class ABC book.

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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Newton's Laws of Motion
Description: Students use toy cars, a CBR sonic motion detector, and pennies to investigate Newton's Laws of Motion.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Description: This lesson introduces students to the function and use of spreadsheets. It includes a Power Point presentation (to be used by the teacher) as well as beginning student assignments.

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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
Description: This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.

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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Forming Unions
Description: This activity uses technology to generate interest in the study of labor unions. Students will use the Internet for research and conclude with a presentation about union leaders or labor organizations.

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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: Students will utilize Excel or other spreadsheet software to create both text and numerical valued columns to produce a Christmas or birthday wish list.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Narnia
Description: This lesson will provide eighth grade Language Arts students with an inquiry-based research project based on C. S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The student will determine the author's purpose in writing this story. This will be accomplished by researching material using the Alabama Virtual Library and Gale Resources.

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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: This is a project to conclude the study of the Judicial Branch of our government. The students, working in pairs, will be assigned a landmark Supreme Court case to research in a computer lab setting. They will then construct a one-page newsletter on the case which will include a summary of the case, two pictures, a short biography on one of the justices on the Court at that time, and an editorial describing their reaction to the case.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Nutrition Labels
Description: In this lesson, students will use an Excel spreadsheet to determine the percentage of fat, protein and carbohydrates in a common breakfast cereal. The students will create a pie chart to represent the percentages of fat, protein and carbohydrates in the food.

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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our World is Like a Rainbow
Description: Americans continue to adapt to different ethnic and cultural groups who move into their communities. It is vital that children become aware of and appreciate cultural diversities in people. People move to different areas for reasons such as religion, climate, employment, economics, and for a better way of life.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
Description: Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Story Character Homepage
Description: Students analyze personal homepages, as well as a character in a book they have read, and then create a homepage for the character.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Big, Bad Wolf...Is This a Fact?
Description: Reading is revamped in this lesson in which students use a multimedia approach to study the books by Seymour Simon.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
Description: Students become '' thieves'' in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to '' steal'' information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Character Clash: A Minilesson on Paragraphing and Dialogue
Description: Students learn about paragraphing conventions in dialogue by revising their own writing.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction
Description: In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project
Description: Students explore a variety of resources as they learn about the Holocaust. Working collaboratively, they investigate the materials, prepare oral responses, and produce a topic-based newspaper to complete their research.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies
Description: The Internet is often the first stop for student researchers, but few know how to vet sources effectively. In this lesson, students learn about Internet research through an interactive PowerPoint presentation.

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Using NBA Statistics for Box and Whisker Plots
Description: Students use information from NBA statistics to make and compare box and whisker plots. The data provided in the lesson come from the NBA, but you could apply the lesson to data from the WNBA or any other sports teams or leagues for which player statistics are available.
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ALEX Learning Activities
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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), Social Studies (8), Technology Education (6 - 8), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (6 - 8)
Title: Discover Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome
Description: This is an interactive web tool that allows users to explore various aspects of life in ancient civilizations.

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who's Who in Ancient Rome
Description: Animoto helps you create exciting videos from photos and video clips.

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Subject: Technology Education (K - 8), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2 - 5)
Title: Comparing and Contrasting
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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Subject: English Language Arts (8), Technology Education (6 - 8), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (8)
Title: Science In A Flip!
Description: The flipbook is an interactive tool created by Read-Write-Think that can be used to take notes, organize facts, or summarize an important project. This student-friendly interactive tool will be  used to create a personalized photo  flipbook to summarize a science experiment  (ten pages maximum).

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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Tailor Your Teaching with Today's Meet
Description: This is a live stream chat, where students can ask questions and leave comments. Teachers can use the comments and questions to tailor their teaching on the spot to meet student needs. Students can also respond to one another, creating a live learning community. A temporary room can be set up that will automatically delete in a set time frame.

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Subject: Science (9 - 12), Technology Education (6 - 8), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (9 - 12)
Title: Chemical Bonds
Description: Popplet is a free online tool or downloadable app that allows you to create diagrams and graphic organizers.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 7), Mathematics (6 - 7), Technology Education (6 - 8), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (6 - 7)
Description: Infogram allows you to easily take data and create infographics. Use charts as well as pictures to display data into an easy to read and understand and attractive digital poster that can be displayed alone or embedded into a website.

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Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5 - 7), Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Digital Disasters
Description: Animoto helps you create extraordinary videos from your photos, video clips, words and music through an iPad or iPhone.

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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8), English Language Arts (K - 12), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2 - 6)
Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Description: This organizational tool for grades K-12 uses the plot diagram pyramid to map events in a story.  You can choose beginning, middle, and end for younger learners or exposition, climax, and resolution for older learners.  The mapping tool allows readers to recreate a story you have taught in class, or writers to map out the ideas for an original piece.

ALEX Learning Activities: 9

Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Where's Everyone Going?
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students explore the changes in America transportation over time as they match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods.
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Drive Through Time
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras and create a photo album of their trip using period photographs.
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.
Description: Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.