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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (11 - 12), or Social Studies (12)
Title: Country Investigations using the Human Development Index
Description: Students will use the United Nations Human Development Index database to research a country's standard of living. Students will use research to explain the factors resulting in that country's social and economic development. Specifically, students will research for the "ingredients" of economic growth - human capital, physical capital, labor productivity, technology, infrastructure, natural resources, political stability, etc. Then, students will prepare a one-page Google Doc report on the country.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: How Are We Living?
Description: In this lesson, students collaborate to research economic systems of the United States and two other countries. Students will collect, evaluate, and synthesize information to create a multimedia presentation that compares economic systems of assigned countries, how these systems affect various factors that influence quality of life for its citizens.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: You've Got Oil ... or Maybe You Don't     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are called upon to role-play in an international oil summit. This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the production, distribution, and consumption of oil, particularly in Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: COBOL     
Description: This online exhibition tells of the development of COBOL, a computer programming lanugage, and how it changed the commercial, banking, and defense industries. Fifty years ago, each computer maker used its own programming languages to tell a computer what to do. In 1959, a group of programmers devised COBOL, a COmmon, Business-Oriented Language. Programs written in COBOL could run on more than one manufacturer's computer. In a 1960 test, the same COBOL programs ran successfully on two computers built by different manufacturers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Transportation in America Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: This activity guide accompanies the exhibition America on the Move . It delivers a variety of historical primary source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations. It is one of the many resources connected to the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12