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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: An African American Represents Alabama during Reconstruction
Description: This lesson engages students in research on a prominent African American and his role in politics during Reconstruction in Alabama. Photographic primary sources are used in this lesson. 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: Rebecca Campbell (Cohort 2: 2010-2011); Uniontown Elementary School; Perry County School System; Uniontown, AL


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Subject: Social Studies (4 - 5)
Title: African American Life After the Civil War – Sharecropping
Description: The students work in collaborative groups to analyze primary sources related to sharecropping as they learn about economic and social issues facing African Americans following the Civil War.  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: Yolanda Moore (Cohort 1: 2009-2010); Uniontown Elementary School; Perry County School System; Uniontown, 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 - 5)
Title: The Effects of the Civil War
Description: Students will work in groups to research the causes of the Civil War, events during the war, and Reconstruction. They will compile their information into a multimedia presentation. They will use research to answer the essential question, "How did the events of the Civil War affect our society today?"


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After writing stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books or letters, drawing upon the information they have gathered.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Japanese American Internment Camps: Read "Baseball Saved Us''      
Description: In this activity, students will read information about the book "Baseball Saved Us'' , its author and its illustrator. The activity includes images of objects from the online exhibition "A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution'' . It is included in an "OurStory'' module entitled "Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp'' . "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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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



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Constitution Center     
Description: The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: To March or Not to March     
Description: In this activity, children pretend to be an American during 1963 and decide whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Martin's Big Words'' , 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: 3,4,5