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ALEX Lesson Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [DLIT] (2) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

[SS2010] LWT2 (2) 2 :
2 ) Identify national historical figures and celebrations that exemplify fundamental democratic values, including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.

•  Recognizing our country's founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Hancock, and James Madison
•  Recognizing historical female figures, including Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe
•  Describing the significance of national holidays, including the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; the Fourth of July; Veterans Day; and Thanksgiving Day
•  Describing the history of American symbols and monuments
Examples: Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, bald eagle, United States flag, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial

Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Symbols All Around Us
Description:

This lesson will focus on American symbols. Students will identify American symbols and explain how they represent the United States of America. Symbols include the Liberty Bell, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty, United States Flag, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. Students will work in pairs and conduct research about American symbols and create a digital story about a symbol of their choosing.

This lesson was created as part of a collaboration between Alabama Technology in Motion and ALEX.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [CE] (0-12) 2 :
2 ) Patriotism

[CE] (0-12) 3 :
3 ) Citizenship

[CE] (0-12) 1 :
1 ) Courage

[CG1] (0-12) 33 :
33 ) A:C1.5 - understand that school success is the preparation to make the transition from student to community member

[ELA2015] (2) 27 :
27 ) Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). [W.2.7]

[ELA2015] (2) 29 :
29 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.2.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.2.1a]

b. Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others. [SL.2.1b]

c. Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion. [SL.2.1c]

[ELA2015] (2) 30 :
30 ) Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]

[ELA2015] (2) 31 :
31 ) Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. [SL.2.3]

[SS2010] LWT2 (2) 2 :
2 ) Identify national historical figures and celebrations that exemplify fundamental democratic values, including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.

•  Recognizing our country's founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Hancock, and James Madison
•  Recognizing historical female figures, including Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe
•  Describing the significance of national holidays, including the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; the Fourth of July; Veterans Day; and Thanksgiving Day
•  Describing the history of American symbols and monuments
Examples: Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, bald eagle, United States flag, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial

[DLIT] (2) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[DLIT] (2) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (2) 18 :
12) Conduct basic keyword searches to gather information.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description:

In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives. 




   View Standards     Standard(s): [DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

[DLIT] (2) 18 :
12) Conduct basic keyword searches to gather information.

[DLIT] (2) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[ELA2015] (2) 19 :
19 ) By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the Grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.2.10]

Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2), or English Language Arts (2)
Title: Introduction to PowerPoint
Description:

Second grade students will view a teacher-made digital slideshow. The teacher will then walk the students through the process of opening PowerPoint or other presentation software, picking a slide format and adding text.




ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 6 :
6 ) Identify states, continents, oceans, and the equator using maps, globes, and technology.

•  Identifying map elements, including title, legend, compass rose, and scale
•  Identifying the intermediate directions of northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest
•  Recognizing technological resources such as a virtual globe, satellite images, and radar
•  Locating points on a grid
[DLIT] (2) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[DLIT] (2) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (2) 11 :
5) Cite media and/or owners of digital content at an age-appropriate level.

Example: Basic website citation.

[DLIT] (2) 15 :
9) Use a variety of digital tools to connect with other learners.

Examples: Online conferences, blogs, collaborative documents.

[DLIT] (2) 18 :
12) Conduct basic keyword searches to gather information.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Subject: Social Studies (2), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2)
Title: Where in the World?
Description:

Smore is a service for creating webpages, brochures, and online flyers. There are many design and content options. Students can add elements like images, videos, sounds, events, and locations to their pages by simply dragging them and dropping them on the page.

Students will be assigned different countries and make brochures about them using Smore. They will be required to have images of their assigned countries’ national flags, historical figures, and leaders. They will also be required to have national anthem background music and a short informative video about their countries. Their brochures will share what continent the country is on, what major oceans surround it, and what native language is spoken.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 36 :
36 ) Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly. [SL.K.6]

[ELA2015] (1) 37 :
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.1.1]

a. Print all uppercase and lowercase letters. [L.1.1a]

b. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns. [L.1.1b]

c. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop). [L.1.1c]

d. Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their; anyone, everything). [L.1.1d]

e. Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home). [L.1.1e]

f. Use frequently occurring adjectives. [L.1.1f]

g. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because). [L.1.1g]

h. Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives). [L.1.1h]

i. Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward). [L.1.1i]

j. Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts. [L.1.1j]

[ELA2015] (2) 8 :
8 ) Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. [RL.2.9]

[ELA2015] (2) 35 :
35 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.2.1]

a. Use collective nouns (e.g., group). [L.2.1a]

b. Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish). [L.2.1b]

c. Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves). [L.2.1c]

d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told). [L.2.1d]

e. Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. [L.2.1e]

f. Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy). [L.2.1f]

[ELA2015] (2) 37 :
37 ) Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.2.3]

a. Compare formal and informal uses of English. [L.2.3a]

[ELA2015] (3) 37 :
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.3.1]

a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences. [L.3.1a]

b. Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns. [L.3.1b]

c. Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood). [L.3.1c]

d. Form and use regular and irregular verbs. [L.3.1d]

e. Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses. [L.3.1e]

f. Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.* [L.3.1f]

g. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. [L.3.1g]

h. Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. [L.3.1h]

i. Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences. [L.3.1i]

[DLIT] (0) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (0) 14 :
8) Present information from a variety of digital resources.

[DLIT] (1) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (1) 15 :
9) Use a variety of digital tools collaboratively to connect with other learners.

Examples: Video calling, blogs, collaborative documents.

[DLIT] (1) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product collaboratively using online digital tools.

Examples: Find simple facts about a specific topic, create a slide that contains facts located in trade books or other sources.

[DLIT] (2) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

[DLIT] (3) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (3) 19 :
13) Communicate key ideas and details collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains, using digital tools.

Example: Create a digital presentation to persuade school administrators to allow additional time for lunch.

Subject: English Language Arts (K - 3), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (K - 3)
Title: Parts of Speech
Description:

This educational app is a Mad libs type story creation game to reinforce parts of speech knowledge. 




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 2 :
2 ) Identify national historical figures and celebrations that exemplify fundamental democratic values, including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.

•  Recognizing our country's founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Hancock, and James Madison
•  Recognizing historical female figures, including Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe
•  Describing the significance of national holidays, including the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; the Fourth of July; Veterans Day; and Thanksgiving Day
•  Describing the history of American symbols and monuments
Examples: Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, bald eagle, United States flag, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial

[DLIT] (2) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[DLIT] (2) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (2) 11 :
5) Cite media and/or owners of digital content at an age-appropriate level.

Example: Basic website citation.

[DLIT] (2) 18 :
12) Conduct basic keyword searches to gather information.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Subject: Social Studies (2), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2)
Title: What is the significance?
Description:

Animoto is a digital tool that allows students to take videos and pictures and mesh them together to create an overall video. There are multiple tools available to help students enhance their video.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 3 :
3 ) Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. [RL.2.3]

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Subject: English Language Arts (2), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2)
Title: Character Scavenger Hunt
Description:

StoryJumper is a site that gives parents, kids, and authors a fun set of intuitive tools for writing and illustrating kids stories. Our goal is to inspire anyone that's ever wanted to write a kids story to get started! (description provided from www.storyjumper.com)

StoryJumper is free to use online.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 24 :
24 ) Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure. [W.1.1]

a. Write simple poems addressing a topic. (Alabama)

[ELA2015] (0) 5 :
5 ) Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems). [RL.K.5]

[ELA2015] (2) 4 :
4 ) Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. [RL.2.4]

[DLIT] (2) 15 :
9) Use a variety of digital tools to connect with other learners.

Examples: Online conferences, blogs, collaborative documents.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2)
Title: Become a Poet with Technology
Description:

This interactive activity challenges students to use a graphic organizer and write an acrostic poem.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [DLIT] (2) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (3) 19 :
13) Communicate key ideas and details collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains, using digital tools.

Example: Create a digital presentation to persuade school administrators to allow additional time for lunch.

[DLIT] (3) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (2) 19 :
13) Create a research-based product using online digital tools.

Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2 - 3)
Title: Journey to the Center of the Earth Meets the Internet
Description:

Weebly is a great technological tool that allows the user to design their own website. This tool is great for students because it introduces them to the technological aspects of web design. It allows the user to design the website with various themes to choose from. The site also allows the user to add photos, videos, and other audio players to their website. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can also be linked to the website. Webpages for the site can also be created and managed to include blogs and comments about anything the user desires.




ALEX Learning Activities: 6

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