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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4)
Title: The Great Depression
Description: During this lesson, students will research the social, political, and economic impact of the Great Depression on the lives of Alabamians.  Students will collaborate to create a presentation from the project-based learning activity and present it to the class. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4)
Title: Constitution Day Wordle
Description: Students will draw inferences about the delegates of the Constitutional Congress after watching the video describing the process of creating the Constitution. Students will then follow a link to the Alabama Virtual Library where they will read or listen to an article written about why we celebrate the United States Constitution looking at important details from the text that tell who, what happened, and where and other specific keywords from the text.  Students will then work independently taking their words gathered from the article and place them in a word cloud using Wordle .They will then partner and share paraphrasing the text by explaining the words they chose for their word cloud. This lesson will be taught in one day.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Trade
Description: Dr. Seuss has created many classics that students love. During this lesson, students will get the opportunity to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book and favorite character with their class by creating a trading card. Students will use their creativity to develop a trading card on the computer. At the end of the lesson, students will trade their cards with their friends.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure     
Description: This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative. Students finish by writing their own original narratives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus     
Description: Students explore multiple online sources to gather information about the life of Christopher Columbus, complete a cyber scavenger hunt, and use their notes to prepare a timeline and summary report.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Cite Those Sources!      
Description: Students learn the importance of crediting others for their words and ideas, and then learn the paraphrasing and citation skills necessary to avoid plagiarism.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Developing Inferential Comprehension Through DL-TA and Discussion Webs     
Description: Students will love unwrapping this lesson about before, during, and after reading activities based on Margaree King Mitchell's book, Grandaddy's Gift.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Q is for Duck: Using Alphabet Books With Struggling Writers     
Description: A is for zoo? Q is for duck? The alphabet as students know it is transformed when students create a class book that contains clever associations for each letter of the alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Science Texts to Teach the Organizational Features of Nonfiction     
Description: Students explore organizational features of nonfiction science. Students then work together to create a two-page spread using those features to present information about their local environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches     
Description: This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing     
Description: Using Snowflake Bentley as a model, students create a working definition of multigenre text and then use that definition to create their own multigenre piece about winter or another theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Historical Fiction to Learn About the Civil War     
Description: Students in grades 4 and 5 discuss inferential comprehension and visualization as they use a think-aloud questioning strategy to develop a deeper understanding of a historical novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Science
Title: 'Leap, plashless'': Emily Dickinson and Poetic Imagination     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read and explore one of Emily Dickinson's nature poems, A Bird came down the Walk--through interaction with other art forms. First, they listen to clips of a hymn to help them hear Dickinson's meter. Then, they view 19th-century bird images and describe what they see, just as a poet would. They observe how a poet plays with language and imagery to create a scene by acting out verse lines. Finally, they write a brief poem of their own, using what they have learned and their own observations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Activities  
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Title: SUMmarize It
Digital Tool: Summarizing-YouTube Video
Digital Tool Description: The video will be used to introduce summarizing a text to students.  The video will combine music, text, and images to engage the students and enhance the learning standard.

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Title: Illustrating Favorite Events with Doodle Splash
Digital Tool: Doodle Splash
Digital Tool Description: Doodle Splash teaches students to visualize what they are reading and to create graphic symbols to help them develop as readers. Doodle Splash interactive allows students to make connections between their visual designs and the text. (Description provided by Doodle Splash)


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Thinkfinity Learning Activities  
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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Ursula K. LeGuin was born on this day in 1929.     
Description: Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.     
Description: Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a '' Top Picks'' class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: November is National American Indian Heritage Month.     
Description: Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Unit Plans  
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Title: The Impact of the Great Depression on the Lives of Alabamians
Unit Plan Overview:   The unit will incorporate research and investigation into the impact the 1920s and the Great Depression had on different socioeconomic groups in Alabama.  After exploring various texts related to the topic, students will determine the causes and effects of the Great Depression on the social, political, and economical impact on the lives of Alabamians.  As a culminating activity, students will write a five paragraph essay explaining their findings. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.



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