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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4)
Title: We, the People...
Description: In 1819 the Constitutional Convention met in Huntsville, Alabama in order to write our state's constitution. In this lesson, students will learn what a preamble is, as well as, read both the United States' Preamble to the Constitution and the preamble to Alabama's Constitution. Students will examine similarities between both preambles and discuss possible reasons for such similarities. Fifth-grade teachers could also utilize this lesson to examine and compare both preambles and their purposes.  This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Alabama's Early Governors
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about the executive branch of government at the state level, especially related to the first governors of the state of Alabama. Their impact on the development of Alabama and Alabama's role in the United States will be discussed. Students will use research and note taking skills to gather information on an early governor. Then students will participate in jigsaw groups to share their information, discuss the importance of each governor, similarities, and impact. Finally, students will discuss the role of governor and how governors have an impact on the state and the impact these men had in Alabama and in other states.  This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History. 


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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: Alabama Becomes a State
Description: This lesson will include the use of primary sources, a PowerPoint presentation, and collaborative group instruction to achieve the primary objective of describing Alabama’s entry into statehood. This lesson was created as a part of the Alabama History Education Initiative, funded by a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2009. Author Information: Donna Jones (Cohort 1: 2009-2010); Haleyville Elementary School; Haleyville City Schools; Haleyville, AL


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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: Living Museum
Description: The students will research famous Alabamians, write an informative paragraph about their historical figure, and prepare a presentation for a school-wide living museum. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wandering Alabama
Description: This lesson is a fun fact gathering mission! Alabama is rich in history, museums, natural and manmade attractions, and some just plain wacky attractions. Students will work in collaborative groups to create a guide to sites in Alabama with descriptions, map locations, expenses involved, and other useful information. Come on! Let's explore Alabama!


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Balancing Three Branches at Once: Our System of Checks and Balances     
Description: In this unit of four EDSITEment lessons, students use primary source documents to investigate of how the three branches of the American government can check each other. The documents referenced in the lesson give clear examples of the balance of power in the U.S. government.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Thinkfinity Multimedia  
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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Judges Are On the Supreme Court?     
Description: The United States Supreme Court holds a special place in the U.S. government. In honor of Women's History Month and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's birthday, Wonderopolis takes a closer look at the individuals who together form the last stop on the road to justice.,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Presidents' Day?     
Description: If you're off work or school for Presidents' Day, you probably feel like celebrating, although you may not know why. Join us as we examine the purpose of this interesting holiday of presidential proportions!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Religion,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Encyclopedia of Alabama     
Description: A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Treasures of American History: National Challenges     
Description: The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History provides a broad and complex view of the American experience. The valuable pieces of history displayed in this section of the online exhibition entitled "Treasures of American History'' document some of the struggles, conflicts, and controversies that have shaped the nation. Students will learn that by understanding the challenges of the past, they can draw lessons and inspiration for confronting new challenges in the present and future. The topics discussed in this section are: the American Revolution; slavery; westward expansion; the Civil War, women's suffrage, the Great Depression and World War II, the Civil Rights movement and AIDS. A Spanish version of the exhibition is available on the exhibition's homepage.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Visit Your Government     
Description: Find out about your local government through planning a short field trip, and then think about how you could make a difference in your community. The activity guide also includes tips for reviewing the experience once you're back at home or in the classroom. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



Thinkfinity Learning Activities  
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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Judges Are On the Supreme Court?     
Description: The United States Supreme Court holds a special place in the U.S. government. In honor of Women's History Month and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's birthday, Wonderopolis takes a closer look at the individuals who together form the last stop on the road to justice.,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Presidents' Day?     
Description: If you're off work or school for Presidents' Day, you probably feel like celebrating, although you may not know why. Join us as we examine the purpose of this interesting holiday of presidential proportions!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5