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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.


ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 4)
Title: Where Does Our Waste Go?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), waste disposal will be explored.  The Pollution Patrol follows the steps involved in trash disposal, starting with a girl tearing a sheet of paper out of her notebook and ending with the paper landing in a dump.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Time To Travel!
Description: Students will research how transportation has changed throughout the years. Students will construct a timeline of transportation through the years.


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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!


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Subject: Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What a Jiffy Lesson
Description: During this lesson on George Washington Carver, students will learn about some of his accomplishments and participate in a hands-on activity of making homemade peanut butter. Students will research information about Carver on the Internet and create a short slide show describing important facts about Carver's life.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Relations
Title: Genealogical Atlases     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to interview their parents or other relatives about what it was like where they grew up. Students use outline maps to create genealogical atlases that illustrate the places of their ancestry and the activities in which their relatives and ancestors participated when living there.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Twister! What to Do in a Tornado     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn that tornadoes can happen anywhere and at any time. Students read about the basics of tornado safety. They also learn about the signs that a tornado might be coming and what they should do if they ever experience a tornado firsthand. They then create safety brochures to share with their friends and families.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Design Your Own Suburb     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to think about their own perceptions of cities and suburbs and to consider the features that exist in a typical urban and suburban area. They also learn about sprawl and some of the problems associated with rapid suburban growth. They conclude by designing their own suburbs.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Nomads: Where Boundaries Move     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore nomadic pastoralism. Focusing on Central Asia, students investigate the way humans have adapted to regions that do not sustain communities through agriculture and the influence this has both on how they live and on how they view the boundaries of their homes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Richard Petty's 200th Victory Car     
Description: The Richard Petty Number 43 Pontiac is a NASCAR racing car, built to resemble a 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix passenger car. It ran in the Winston Cup division, the highest level of NASCAR competition, and it won the Firecracker 400 auto race at Daytona International Speedway on July 4th, 1984. It was Petty's 200th and final NASCAR Winston Cup victory. Among the spectators that day was President Ronald Reagan. The car was last driven in competition at the Talladega (Ala.) Speedway on July 29, 1984...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Spark!Lab Homepage     
Description: This webiste, from the Lemelson Center's Spark!Lab, uses fun activities to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. Students can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors' notebooks, and even invent! Spark!Lab, the newest hands on space for families and others visiting the National Museum of American History, shows the real story behind an inventor's work. p align="left"
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Satellite Lunch Box     
Description: The Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite in late 1957 sparked interest in the United States in science education even among elementary school children.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12