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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Rain Drops
Description: In this lesson, students will examine the amount of annual and seasonal rainfall in four cities to compare decimals to the hundredths place. Students will add and round digits to the thousandths place. Students will utilize technology by navigating to a specific United States climate website to get relatively current and accurate data. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: EcoCreature...Animal Discovery
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to some of the world’s ecosystems as well as the animals/plants that inhabit them through children’s literature. The students will use an app to create their own unique animal that would reside within a particular habitat. Through further online research, the students will then create writings to correlate with their new EcoCreatures. They will have to provide information on all aspects of their creature's habitat.   This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Build a Better Shelter
Description: Students will use information from Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this unit concerning tornadoes, including the type of damage tornadoes cause and the locations where they typically occur. Students will work in groups of three to design a structure that will withstand and protect people from tornadoes. Each team will represent an engineering firm. They will select from a variety of materials available and sketch their design on poster board prior to constructing a prototype. Students will present their designs to the class and will undergo a wind test. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Is My State at Risk for a Tornado?
Description: This is a third-grade math lesson on the topic of tornadoes and natural disasters. Students will enter data from an internet search on the number of tornadoes occurring in each state into a spreadsheet. Students will analyze and determine which states are the most active in tornado occurrences and create bar graphs and a scaled picture graph from the data collected.  This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Preparing for Natural Disasters: Tornado
Description: The lesson will begin by students performing a think-aloud as they consider the similarities of five words:  tornado, shelter, basement, underground, and safe room. Students will use a pros and cons graphic organizer as they read articles on three different types of tornado shelters: underground shelters, part of the house shelters, and prebuilt shelters. The students will find the advantages and disadvantages of each type of structure. At the end of the lesson, the teacher will create a table that lists all the shelters and the pros and cons of each. Students will then determine which shelter they feel is most efficient in an "exit slip" response.  This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Sun and the Earth
Description: The students will understand the relationship between the Earth and the sun and how this relationship affects observable phenomena on Earth, such as the seasons. The activity will help students learn about these concepts and will reinforce their understanding by having them diagram the position of the Earth in relation to the sun during different seasons.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The 4th Little Pig - Designing a Hurricane-Proof Roof
Description: The goal of this lesson is for students to use their knowledge of hurricanes to design and build a hurricane-proof roof for Piggy Sue, The Three Little Pig's cousin.  She has just moved to town and she needs a house that will withstand a hurricane. Students will test various materials and designs to determine the best design for her roof.  Students will work in groups and use the engineering design method to design and build their roofs.  Each group will have a budget to purchase materials for their roofs. This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Compare and Contrast Native American Regions
Description: There are many Native American regions throughout the United States. In this lesson students are given two different Native American regions to research and learn about their geographic region, natural resources, community organization, economy, and belief systems. Students will then create a venn diagram that will allow them to see the similarities and differences in the two assigned regions.


Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Technology Timeline! Major Events and Battles of the American Revolution
Description: The students will be able to identify certain major events and battle of the American Revolutionary War. Creativity and collaboration are included when making timelines. The students should understand that events happen in chronological order and they can be represented using a timeline.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fun With Idioms
Description: This lesson is designed to help students become comfortable with idioms.  Students will work closely with idioms to discover meanings and present them to the class.  Students will use technology to present the information.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama Biographies of the 20th Century
Description: In this lesson, students will recognize and examine the lives of Alabamians who have impacted the lives of others and the history of the state with their notable contributions during the first half and last half of the twentieth century. This interdisciplinary lesson relates social studies, language arts and reading. Through this inquiry study, students will choose one of the famous Alabamians, research the person's contributions, write a short biographical summary, and as an extension, create a 3-D scan picture relating to the life and times of the individual.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring Explorers
Description: Students will create a video in talk-show format about explorers from the 15th-17th centuries. They will utilize books, the Alabama Virtual Library, and the Internet for reference. Groups of students will answer who, what, when, where, and why questions and then use that information to write a script for the video.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Forces That Change the Land
Description: Students will use websites and other resources to find information about the following landforms: mountains, canyons, and valleys.


Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Would you fit in with the Cherokees?
Description: By gaining knowledge of other cultures, students will gain respect and appreciation for all people. Students will also become more interested in their own culture by exploring their own beliefs and customs.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Do You Have a Babushka?
Description: This lesson will familiarize students with the author Patricia Polacco. Students will use appropriate resources to gather information about Polacco, categorize the information, and record it in a graphic organizer (concept map).


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Using Technology in Teaching Reading
Description: Elementary students, while working on their basal reader story for the week, will use various forms of technology to increase comprehension and other reading skills. (Other strategies may be substituted if some of the technology mentioned is not available.)


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Trip to Disneyland or Disney World, Part Two      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, student groups use data collected in the previous lesson to plan a trip to Disneyland or Disney World. Students determine not only elapsed time and distance, but extend their problem-solving to figuring meals, lodging, air travel, and incidentals. As they tackle this more complex task. Teachers have opportunity to observe students growing competence with methods and tools for computation, estimation, problem-posing and solving, interpretation of graphical representations, measuring with standard units, and responding to investigations that require the comparison of data sets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Notes, Quotes, and Fact Fragments      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are guided through the process of taking notes while reading factual information, then turning those notes into new sentences and paragraphs written in their own words.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies
Title: Music from Across America      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, students listen to a variety of popular, traditional and ethnic American music--from the evocative sounds of Native American drumming to the lively sounds of zydeco music from Louisiana. To develop their listening skills, students use worksheets to record their impressions about the music they hear. In addition to learning about musical instruments and the geographic and cultural context of music, students are encouraged to think about and express their personal responses to music.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Educational Technology,Social Studies
Title: More Amazing Americans: A WebQuest      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students use the Meet Amazing Americans Web site created by the Library of Congress to explore the lives of some celebrated Americans. Working in small groups, they complete a WebQuest, identifying facts and locating different types of information in order to determine the criteria used for selecting these Amazing Americans. In addition, they nominate their own candidates for the title of Amazing American, using additional Web sites to create a profile of their nominee.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Picture Books to Teach Characterization in Writing Workshop      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore character development through experiences with picture books. They learn about the connections between reading and writing and apply the information they learn to revisions of their own writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Examining Electronic Sources      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students evaluate and rate the relevance of electronic resources as they research information about their state.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Hints about Print      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from a research skills unit, students examine abstracts on selected books to determine their relevance and helpfulness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Research Building Blocks: Skim, Scan, and Scroll      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from a research skills unit, students read informational text, looking for supporting details. They practice skimming and scanning print resources, and scrolling through electronic resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits      Add Bookmark
Description: Students find examples of adjectives in a shared reading. Then students '' become'' major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using powerful adjectives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Genre Study      Add Bookmark
Description: Multidimensional, challenging, and popular with students, comics provide an excellent way to introduce the concept of genres.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.      Add Bookmark
Description: After thinking about TV shows, books, and movies from their childhood, students write about what they remember and revisit how they feel about it at an older age.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Where's Everyone Going?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students explore the changes in America transportation over time as they match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Interactive Game: Drive Through Time      Add Bookmark
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students use a virtual time machine to explore modes of transportation during four different eras and create a photo album of their trip using period photographs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: QARs + Tables = Successful Comprehension of Math Word Problems      Add Bookmark
Description: Using census data for an example, students use the question-answer relationship (QAR) strategy to understand and solve word problems that refer to tables and other graphics.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5