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Subject: Mathematics (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Beep! Beep! Move Over! I Am Going to Be Late!
Description: During this lesson, students will investigate how to "clear up" the "Traffic Jam."  They will be using large manipulatives (their bodies), small manipulatives (carpet squares), and technology (the Java applet) to find the relationship among numbers and patterns.   The carpet square will be used as "car lengths", while the students use their bodies as "vehicles" to try to find the minimum number of moves required to clean up the "Traffic Jam"!

Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Creating Games from ”SCRATCH”:  Computer Programming
Description: This lesson is a collaborative lesson between Margaret Rice and Kay Emfinger.  In this lesson, students will learn how to use Scratch, a computer programming language.  Students will then work collaboratively to create an educational game using Scratch.   This is a hands-on lesson.  Students will use conditionals and operators in their game design. Students will use 21st century skills that include Information & Communication Skills, Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills, and Interpersonal & Self-Directional Skills.

Subject: Social Studies (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: Everyone loves a parade!   As an end to a unit on Ancient Greece, students will  produce an Ancient Greek shoebox float celebrating one of the cultural contributions of the civilization.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: See Me, Hear Me, Understand Me:  Franklin D. Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Address
Description: The viewing goals for this lesson were for students to use a visual text, Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech (played first without sound), to identify visual cues & understand why he may have chosen to use certain gestures, facial expressions, & body language to communicate his message. I wanted students to view & identify what an effective speaker does when speaking formally. By noticing & analyzing visual cues, I wanted students to infer the purpose of his speech & intended audience. The listening goals for this lesson were for students to listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech (after watching it first with no sound), and discriminate, through his chosen words, the purpose of his speech & point of view. Students were asked to listen to FDR's use of voice & tone to understand his message. In the group conversations that followed, my goal was for students to listen to & consider the perspectives/ideas of others & work together to analyze what they heard that made this a formal speech. The speaking goals for the lesson were for students to react through speaking to the video clip & apply characteristics of FDR's formal speaking to their own formal speaking by considering gestures, facial expressions, body language, voice, tone, & specific vocabulary to communicate purpose & point of view. In segment one, my goal was for students to notice how, through listening/viewing, FDR communicated his message & viewpoint, not simply the topic of his message.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Interest.....ing Math Lesson
Description: Eventually everyone will need to borrow money for one reason or another. A good understanding of how interest works will go a long way when applying for a loan. In this lesson students will complete a KWL chart about the purchase of a new vehicle. Students will visit several Websites where they will be able to practice computing simple interest. Then students will have an opportunity to compute simple interest problems that are located in a interactive whiteboard presentation. Students will also answer several written questions about simple interest. They will also create a presentation that will contain information that they gathered during one of the activities that are included in this lesson.

Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Parts of Speech "Blabbers"
Description: Students will create animated images in Blabberize.com to define, explain, and give examples of usage for an assigned part of speech. Teacher will then compile saved video clips into a photostory presentation explaining all eight parts of speech and present final copy for class presentation.

Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting
Description: This lesson is a persuasive strategy lesson plan for Tuck Everlasting. It allows the student to incorporate technology in the development of an original thirty second commercial.

Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: "My Three Words" vodcast compilation or series
Description: Students create vodcasts that use the format of the Good Morning America feature "My Three Words".  This works well as a culminating activity for a unit or a technology-based project.  In groups, students  select a three word phrase to communicate a specific topic/idea, then create a storyboard and choose appropriate multimedia elements to best express their chosen phrase.  They use a variety of software applications to find or create images and produce a video file.

Subject: Physical Education (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Run Around the World
Description: Students developing new fitness programs have to balance increased ability with increased risk.  This lesson teaches the student to create a running/biking path using Google Earth.  The student can then discuss safety parameters along the course in a presentation to the class.

Subject: Human Services (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Using Technology To Wash Your Hands!
Description: In this lesson, students will create a podcast to demonstrate their knowledge on proper hand washing techniques. Students will encourage others through an original rap song about the benefits of proper hand washing.

Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: IT'S IN THE BAG!
Description: Students will view a PowerPoint presentation on the effects of plastics in our environment and hold a debate evaluating the pros and cons of using plastic bags. They will also construct plastic bag animals using chicken wire, plastic bags, and spray paint while creating a podcast of the project.

Subject: Human Services (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: It IS Easy Being "Green"- Part III of III
Description: In this third and final installment of the "Green" series, the students will work in their ability groups to create a commercial to advertise their green cleaning product. Students will create a logo and a name brand and market their product for resale. Any multimedia presentation software can be used, but for this lesson, students will be using Windows Movie Maker.

Subject: Credit Recovery Science (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Moon Phase Craze
Description: This lesson is designed to use online technology resources to practice and reinforce knowledge learned in class on Moon Phases. Students will view online animations with student interaction, while keeping a log of their phase activities. They will also take an online assessment upon completion of the activity. Following this activity, students will use Oreo cookies to make the phases of the moon in order from new moon through one complete phase and identify each. They will also take pictures of each of their cookie phases and insert into a multimedia slideshow project. On the last page of the slideshow, they can insert a video made with video editing software such as "Movie Maker" and the pictures will loop together that show the moon's phases all in one motion.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Credit Recovery Science (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Weather Watchers : 21st Century Style
Description: Students will work in pairs to create a short video of the next day's local weather forecast. Each team's forecast will air the following day, followed by actual weather readings of instruments such as the barometer and digital hygrometer (provided by AMSTI / GLOBE). The forecast and instrument readings will be recorded and compared over a period of weeks on a weather data table.

Subject: Mathematics (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hip to be Square
Description: This lesson will guide students through the discovery of naming square roots of perfect squares.  Students will build squares and determine the side lengths to notice the relationship between the side lengths and the area of the squares.  This could be a hands-on or technology based activity.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Is the Cell Membrane Semi-Permeable?
Description: As part of the study of the cell, students will perform a three day hands-on inquiry to determine if the cell membrane of an egg is semi-permeable. Students will work individually or in groups as they explore the functions of the cell membrane. Students will create a lab report using the scientific method. The program Excel or any other comparable program will be used to assist students with developing graphs and charts in for the data section. The Internet will be used to assist student in exploring illnesses associated the malfunctioning of the cell membrane.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Why Not?
Description: This week long unit designed for 7th grade students focuses on issues related to substance abuse. Both short and long term effects on health are examined to help students discover valid reasons Why Not to abuse drugs.

Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Spreadsheets -- A New Study Tool
Description: Students will learn to use spreadsheets to enter if-then statements that can then be used for study guides for any subject area. Students will create a generic spreadsheet that gives feedback when they enter a correct response to a particular question. They must understand the questions they are entering in order to enter the correct formula to get the desired feedback.

Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Telling It the Digital Way: Stories of Sports Spectacular Stand-outs
Description: During this lesson students design, develop, produce, and present a five-minute biographical video highlighting the life of a famous sports spectacular stand-out such as baseball's great Babe Ruth.

Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Skillful Slideshows
Description: During this technology-based lesson, students learn how to create slideshow presentations that are creative and inviting to the audience. They use fonts, graphics, effects, etc, to capture audience attention.

Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Parent Brochures for English Language Learners
Description: In this lesson English Language Learners will design and publish a brochure that introduces the school to their parents. The brochure includes English and native language translations, pictures, and explanations of school function. The lesson can be adjusted for any grade level.

Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Description: In this lesson students conduct print and Internet research to gather information about a contempory author. Students create an author trading card featuring this information and then collect and/or trade these cards as they select reading material.

Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personification in Poetry
Description: Students will explore the use of personification in published poetry and write a poem using personification. They will use clay animation to produce a short video of their poem.

Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: After analyzing the techniques of propaganda in commercial advertising, students work in cooperative "business" groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Description: This five-day lesson will introduce the students to the author of the novel as the beginning of a unit. The students will conduct research to obtain biographical information about the author and read/analyze summaries and critiques of the author's writing. Finally, the students will create brochures or flyers to highlight the author as a guest at a mock author's conference.

Subject: Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Technology
Description: Students will create a slide on an assigned topic that will become part of a class presentation. The class presentation will trace the evolution of the computer, identify the pioneers of technology, investigate the impact technology has had on the workplace and society, and examine how technology has influenced the course of history in geneeral. This project is a semester long assignment with required progress due each six weeks. Computer lab time will need to be made available either during or after school throughout the semester.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" -- A Lesson on Verbs
Description: Using the poem "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" written by Jack Prelutsky, students will explore verbs, synonyms, and poetry.

Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: That's The Story!
Description: This is a fun lesson where the students use thinksheets and digital cameras. The students take an "interesting" picture using the digital camera. After they have printed them they are given at random another student's picture. They write a story about the picture they are given.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares      Add Bookmark
Description: Students must think critically to create comic strips highlighting six important scenes from a book they have read.