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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2)
Title: Lesson 2- If We Ran the Zoo: How Do Animals Impact Our Environment? Research/Zoo Book
Description: The lesson will begin by reviewing the groups and animals assigned to each group. Students will begin working in their Zoo Booklets by discussing vocabulary that is associated with their animal. Students will use various types of text and other resources to find the information needed to learn more about their animal. Students will work cooperatively in groups to complete their animal research and complete their final project.  This lesson was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Now I Know!  A fact-filled presentation.
Description: After teacher instruction the students will work with a partner to identify and use text features (captions, bold print, subheadings, table of contents, etc.) to gather information on a topic.  Students will record their information on an information sheet that they will then use to prepare a video presentation using the Educreations app on the iPad.  The teacher will assist students in presenting their reports at the interactive board.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (2)
Title: Splish! Splash!
Description: Let's get wet and wild with this exciting unit on the ocean!  Through the use of wonderful literature, art projects, research, and much more, the students will expand their understanding of what life is like for the creatures of the ocean. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (1 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Jet, Set, Go! Travel Google Earth in Ben's Dream
Description: This lesson uses the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg Ben’s Dream with Google Earth to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. After reading and discussing Ben’s Dream, students "travel" to each location using the free software Google Earth. Students will then be put into small groups by the teacher to research one specific landmark using the tools available on Google Earth (i.e., snapshots, Wikipedia links, etc.). Using their research skills, students locate these famous landmarks, conduct further research on them, and share that information with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Exploring Customs and Cultures- Part 1
Description: Students meet both language arts and social studies objectives in this interdisciplinary unit on customs and cultures. In part 1 of the unit students practice research and writing skills to create a slideshow. In part 2 of the unit students explore culture through games and work with a partner to write a page in a class how-to book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Exploring Customs and Cultures- Part 2
Description: Students meet both language arts and social studies objectives in this interdisciplinary unit on customs and cultures. In part 1 of the unit students practice research and writing skills to create a slideshow. In part 2 of the unit students explore culture through games and work with a partner to write a page in a class how-to book.


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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: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wonderful Wolves
Description: In this lesson students learn about wolves through literature and research. Students learn the truth about wolves by completing a WebQuest examining wolf myths. Then students have the opportunity to locate information about wolves through a variety of print resources and the Internet.


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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr     
Description: All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Creating Question and Answer Books through Guided Research     
Description: This series of activities is designed to teach research strategies. Students use KWL charts to guide their inquiry and publish their results in a collaborative question and answer book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: All About Our Town: Using Brochures to Teach Informational Writing     
Description: Students explore their towns' landmarks, symbols, and people; look at brochures and other informational tools; practice writing for a specific audience and revising; and work collaboratively to create a brochure.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss     
Description: Young readers create a classroom book modeled after Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to celebrate all the places they can read
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study     
Description: This lesson, in which students research worms in order to create a classroom habitat, incorporates reading and writing across content areas as well as math and science activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rain, Ice, Steam: Using Reading to Support Inquiry About the Water Cycle     
Description: Water is always moving in a continuous cycle from liquid to solid to gas and back again. Students study this never-ending cycle through shared readings, center activities, and experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds     
Description: Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Web-Based Bookmarks to Conduct Internet Research     
Description: The important thing about this lesson is that it connects literature and science. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown provides a model for original student poems about a content area topic. Web-based bookmarks guide students to appropriate sites on the topic, and a graphic organizer helps them focus their research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Audience Through Interactive Writing     
Description: Through interactive writing, students work together and then independently to create invitation letters for a group of their peers and their families.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Giant Story Problems: Reading Comprehension through Math Problem-Solving     
Description: Students create posters using images, text, and mathematical equations to represent a story problem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Two Thumbs Up! Get Students Writing and Publishing Book Reviews     
Description: Students evaluate book reviews written by other children, discussing their components and effectiveness, and write reviews of favorite books to record on video or post online.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images     
Description: Students will be monkeying around in this lesson when they create a digital class book in which they imagine what Curious George would do if he visited their school.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



ALEX Learning Activities  
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Title: Sweet Home Alabama Popplet
Digital Tool: Popplet
Digital Tool Description: Popplet is a great app for collaboration during classroom discussion. It is a great way to share facts, thoughts, and ideas while giving all students the chance to participate. This digital tool can be used as a mind-map and it also helps students think and learn visually. This tool not only requires them to participate during class but keeps them actively engaged in a productive learning environment.  


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Thinkfinity Learning Activities  
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.     
Description: After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write '' A Day in the Life'' narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.     
Description: Students make mental '' snapshots'' of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.     
Description: Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6



ALEX Unit Plans  
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Title: If We Ran the Zoo
Unit Plan Overview: Students will work in collaborative groups to research popular zoo animals to identify their habitat, diet, life span, predators, endangered status, adaptations, and physical characteristics. Students will determine if captivity is beneficial or harmful to their chosen animal. They will also investigate the impact the animal has on the environment.  Both print and digital media will be utilized in the students' research.  A culminating activity will allow students to create a slide show, board or video game, book, poster, or trifold display to place in an animal museum for parents and the school to view. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.



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