ALEX Learning Activity Resources

ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ESS (9-12) 14 :
14 ) Construct explanations from evidence to describe how changes in the flow of energy through Earth's systems (e.g., volcanic eruptions, solar output, ocean circulation, surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, Coriolis effect) impact the climate.

[DLIT] (9-12) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[LIT2010] SCI (9-10) 1 :
1 ) Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

[MA2015] AL1 (9-12) 4 :
4 ) Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multistep problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays. [N-Q1]

Subject: Science (9 - 12), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (9 - 12), Literacy Standards (6-12) (9 - 10), Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Historical Climate Analysis Activity
Description: The object of this activity is to demonstrate the concept of climate change. Historical climate data has been used to show a local area in central England to represent an entire time frame. This learning activity incorporates temperature conversions, graphing, graphical analysis and extensions into the Medieval Warm Period.  This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ESS (9-12) 10 :
10 ) Construct an explanation from evidence for the processes that generate the transformation of rocks in Earth's crust, including chemical composition of minerals and characteristics of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.

[DLIT] (9-12) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

[LIT2010] WRI (9-10) 2 :
2 ) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

a. Introduce a topic and organize ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

b. Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.

c. Use varied transitions and sentence structures to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic and convey a style appropriate to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.

e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

Subject: Science (9 - 12), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (9 - 12), Literacy Standards (6-12) (9 - 10)
Title: Rock Cycle WebQuest
Description: This activity covers the rock cycle.  It incorporates the transformation of rocks into sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. It also incorporates activities for identification of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.  It includes videos (with questions) that reinforce the rock cycle.  This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ESS (9-12) 15 :
15 ) Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to verify that weather (e.g., temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, dew point, adiabatic cooling, condensation, precipitation, winds, ocean currents, barometric pressure, wind velocity) is influenced by energy transfer within and among the atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere.

a. Analyze patterns in weather data to predict various systems, including fronts and severe storms.

b. Use maps and other visualizations to analyze large data sets that illustrate the frequency, magnitude, and resulting damage from severe weather events in order to predict the likelihood and severity of future events.

[MA2015] AL1 (9-12) 4 :
4 ) Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multistep problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays. [N-Q1]

[LIT2010] SCI (9-10) 7 :
7 ) Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

Subject: Science (9 - 12), Mathematics (9 - 12), Literacy Standards (6-12) (9 - 10)
Title: Hurricane Tracking Activity
Description: This activity utilizes maps and other visualizations to analyze past NOAA hurricane data.  It incorporates graphing wind speed and pressure to note the correlation between the two. Finally, it will show the relationship between hurricane category and damage.   This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 7 :
7 ) Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem). [RL.5.7]

[ARTS] MED (5) 1 :
1) Present original ideas and innovations for media arts products, utilizing personal experiences and/or the work of others.

[TC2] (3-5) 10 :
10 ) Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts

•  Producing digital works collaboratively
Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects

[DLIT] (5) 6 :
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

[DLIT] (5) 22 :
16) Use advanced features of digital tools and media-rich resources to communicate key ideas and details in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains.

[DLIT] (5) 23 :
17) Publish organized information in different ways to make it more useful or relevant.

Examples: Infographic, student created website.

[DLIT] (5) 26 :
20) Collaborate locally and globally using online digital tools under teacher supervision.

Subject: English Language Arts (5), Arts Education (5), Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5)
Title: Cracking the Secret Code in Media Arts
Description: Analyzing a commercial for a high-interest product, students will identify the elements and principles of design used to convey the message and ideal of a company through a digital collaborative space. Students will generate many, varied, and unusual ways to communicate their own message, matching the company's ideals, through a different use of elements and principles of design. This is the third activity in a series of four to meet Media Arts Standard 5.1: Using Productive Thinking in Media ArtsIdentifying and Choosing a Message in Media ArtsCracking the Code in Media ArtsStoryboarding in Media Arts This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 23 :
23 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.1.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.1.4a]

b. Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.1.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.1.4c]

Subject: English Language Arts (1)
Title: Accelerated Reader Word Cloud
Description: Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.This tool can be used for any standard. Students are able to focus on a certain aspect and use facts or adjectives to describe the aspect in words.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (6) 11 :
11 ) Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RI.6.1]

[ELA2015] (6) 13 :
13 ) Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes). [RI.6.3]

[ELA2015] (6) 17 :
17 ) Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. [RI.6.7]

[SS2010] USS6 (6) 2 :
2 ) Describe reform movements and changing social conditions during the Progressive Era in the United States.

•  Relating countries of origin and experiences of new immigrants to life in the United States
Example: Ellis Island and Angel Island experiences

•  Identifying workplace reforms, including the eight-hour workday, child labor laws, and workers' compensation laws
•  Identifying political reforms of Progressive movement leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt and the establishment of the national park system
•  Identifying social reforms of the Progressive movement, including efforts by Jane Adams, Clara Barton, and Julia Tutwiler (Alabama)
•  Recognizing goals of the early civil rights movement and the purpose of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
•  Explaining Progressive movement provisions of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-first Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
[SS2010] USS6 (6) 4 :
4 ) Identify cultural and economic developments in the United States from 1900 through the 1930s.

•  Describing the impact of various writers, musicians, and artists on American culture during the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age
Examples: Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Wyeth, Frederic Remington, W. C. Handy, Erskine Hawkins, George Gershwin, Zora Neale Hurston (Alabama)

•  Identifying contributions of turn-of-the-century inventors
Examples: George Washington Carver, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison, Wilbur and Orville Wright (Alabama)

•  Describing the emergence of the modern woman during the early 1900s
Examples: Amelia Earhart, Zelda Fitzgerald, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Washington, suffragettes, suffragists, flappers (Alabama)

•  Identifying notable persons of the early 1900s
Examples: Babe Ruth, Charles A. Lindbergh, W. E. B. Du Bois, John T. Scopes (Alabama)

•  Comparing results of the economic policies of the Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover Administrations
Examples: higher wages, increase in consumer goods, collapse of farm economy, extension of personal credit, stock market crash, Immigration Act of 1924

Subject: English Language Arts (6), Social Studies (6)
Title: The Ellis Island Experience: Portal to Progress
Description: Mindomo is a highly versatile mind-mapping tool. In this learning asset Mindomo is used as a resource for analyzing the steps immigrants went through in order to successfully gain entrance to America.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 7 :
7 ) Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.

Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories

•  Evaluating accuracy of digital content
Example: determining fact versus opinion

[DLIT] (0) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

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

[DLIT] (0) 15 :
9) Create a research-based product collaboratively using online digital tools, given specific guidance.

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

[DLIT] (1) 5 :
R5) Locate and curate information from digital sources to answer research questions.

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

Examples: Video calling, blogs, collaborative documents.

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

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

Subject: Technology Education (K - 2), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (K - 2)
Title: How do you Lino?
Description: This website is a digital cork board where students can share their ideas through virtual sticky notes and pictures. This website can be used to get ideas flowing at the beginning of the lesson. The teacher can present a topic and the kids can write notes/questions/comments and post pictures relating to the topic of what they think it is. This can also be used for students who are working on a group project together. They are able to put there ideas out on the cork board so they can collaborate and make decisions.

   View Standards     Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 12 :
12 ) Use digital tools to publish curriculum-related content.

Examples: Web page authoring software, coding software, wikis, blogs, podcasts

[DLIT] (6) 18 :
12) Define digital permanence.

[DLIT] (6) 19 :
13) Define personal privacy, digital footprint, and open communication.

[DLIT] (6) 22 :
16) Communicate and/or publish collaboratively to inform others from a variety of backgrounds and cultures about issues and problems.

[DLIT] (7) 18 :
12) Discuss the impact of data permanence on digital identity including best practices to protect personal digital footprint.

[DLIT] (8) 16 :
10) Analyze different modes of social engineering and their effectiveness.

Examples: Phishing, hoaxes, impersonation, baiting, spoofing.

Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (6 - 8)
Title: Presenting....Digital Citizenship through Infographics
Description: Piktochart is one of many programs that makes it easy for teachers to integrate literacy and technology standards into any lesson.  Visual learners love the way that infographics seem to make data easier to digest.  Infographics are very helpful when a teacher wants to 'chunk' a lesson in to smaller units.  'Chunking' is a method for grouping and organizing information to make it easier to comprehend and remember.  Piktochart can be used to display and present a large amount of information in a visually appealing way.    

   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 29 :
29 ) Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources. [W.5.8]

[ELA2015] (5) 33 :
33 ) Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. [SL.5.2]

Subject: English Language Arts (5)
Title: Search 'N Rove
Description: Rover provides media resources for researching specific information.   Rover is targeted towards enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad.  

   View Standards     Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 10 :
10 ) Design original works using digital tools.

Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras

[TC2] (0-2) 8 :
8 ) Use digital environments to exchange ideas with individuals or groups.

Examples: other states, other countries

•  Producing digital works collaboratively
Examples: developing shared writing projects, creating language experience stories

[DLIT] (0) 8 :
2) Demonstrate use of input devices.

Examples: Mouse, touch screen, keyboard.

[DLIT] (0) 13 :
7) Locate letters and numbers on the keyboard.

[DLIT] (1) 16 :
10) Identify an appropriate tool to complete a task when given guidance and support.

Examples: Choosing a word processing tool to write a story, choosing a spreadsheet for a budget.

[DLIT] (1) 23 :
17) Use digital devices with a variety of operating systems.

Examples: Interactive boards, tablets, laptops, other handheld devices

Subject: Technology Education (K - 2), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (K - 1)
Title: My Number Thoughts
Description: This word cloud generator will provide an engagement activity for ALEX Lesson # 32258 It's Number Time. This online word cloud generator is appropriate for second grade students.

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