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ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Right Before Our Eyes
Description: Students will explore how animals use vision to receive information through the senses, process that information, and respond to it in different ways. On day one, this lesson is broken into three station activities that allow the students to use kaleidoscopes, binoculars, and fish-eye mirrors to imagine what animals might have such vision and how they use this vision. On days two and three, the students will work collaboratively to create a presentation to explain how animals use vision to process information and respond to aid in survival.   This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Native Americans: How Their Environment Affected Their Culture
Description: In this lesson, students will research one Native American group from each of the six main biomes in North America. Students will use their developing technology and language arts skills to find reliable sources on the internet, evaluate and integrate information from these texts, select a suitable digital platform to share their findings, and create a cohesive presentation showcasing their mastery of the learning outcomes. Students will discover the climate, landforms, water, and other natural resources available within each region and how they were used by the natives living there. Students will explore the relationships between the cultures found within each region and its resources.  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: Mapping the Travels of Paul Bunyan Through Alabama, Too!
Description: During this lesson, students will recount a Paul Bunyan tall tale, an entertaining way to identify bodies of water and landforms in the United States. Although Paul Bunyan's Tales did not focus on Alabama, students will create their own narratives after viewing photographs of major mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes throughout Alabama (ACOS 3.2). This lesson will utilize older maps of the United States and Alabama, which are used to remind us that this folk tale was handed down orally until the early 1900s when a newspaper printed several accounts of the tall tale. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Let's Tour Lady Liberty!
Description: In this lesson, students will embark on a virtual field trip to the Statue of Liberty. This exciting tour will enable students to make observations related to the statue's iconic history. These observations will allow students to gain an appreciation of the size of the statue, what the statue represents, and how it is an important symbol to our country.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newscast on the Battles of the Ironclad Ships
Description: This lesson is on the ironclad ships and the battles that took place during the Civil War. Students will use the information from previous lessons to create a simulated newscast that takes place during an actual battle between ironclad ships.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Who's Talking?
Description: This lesson provides an opportunity for the students to write a biography and provide an excerpt of the bio using a Web 2.0 tool. This is a week long activity using the 5 stages of writing. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Wanted: Angles of all Sizes!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore straight, right, acute and obtuse angles. Students will go to the playground to search for angles. The students will use digital cameras to record their findings. They will use their findings to create a PowerPoint to present to the class.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Master of Disaster (Elementary Grades)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2