ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Credit Recovery Science (6), or Social Studies (3 - 6)
Title: Where am I?
Description: This lesson teaches one of the geography themes called location. Students will learn about absolute location and relative location as they search the globe. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.

Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to All?
Description: This lesson is designed to be taught after an introduction to immigration history or as a culminating activity. This is a hands-on, technology-based lesson that relates a student's individual immigration history to the boom of immigration in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. This lesson also gives students insight into the rise of anti-immigrant feelings in the United States during this time period.

Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Transportation to the Western Frontier
Description: There were several modes of transportation for early settlers to use when they moved to the west. Students will research and document four modes of transportation using the Internet and print resources in the library.

Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Looking at Conestoga Wagons
Description: This lesson combines information literacy and technology skills with subject area skills. It is designed to be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. The topic of conestoga wagons is reseached from the perspective of a scientist, mathematician, English teacher, artist, geographer, engineer, or historian.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Mapping the Past      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment lesson provides students with experience in working with historical maps as cultural artifacts that reflect the views of particular times and places. They trace the evolving world view from medieval times through the Renaissance as recorded in maps of those eras, investigate how cultural assumptions influenced the process of mapping the American West, and discover what present-day maps can tell us about our world view and cultural aspirations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8

Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: History Through Headlines      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students match historical newspaper headlines to cities based on online research and place them in chronological order. This activity helps them learn how cities have changed over time, and about how specific geographical surroundings affect the way we live our lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four lesson unit, from EDSITEment, students analyze archival material in order to make connections between the arrival of the railroads and many of the changes that occurred subsequently in the United States and its territories. They learn how the development of the Transcontinental Railroad brought about an increase in hide hunting and so the demise of the Native American tribes dependent on the buffalo herds, and they examine documents relating to other economic and social upheavals brought about by this revolution in travel.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5