ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 4
Description: This lesson will focus on creating timelines. Students will use important dates from their lives to create a personal 5 event timeline. Students will use rulers to measure equal spaces for their timelines. This lesson will require two 1 hour sessions. The first lesson will include the lesson introduction, work on timelines and time for formative assessments as students work. The second session will be used to complete timelines, share projects, and complete exit tickets. Sample of completed timeline:   Video sample of completed timeline: https://goo.gl/1JwF0I   This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 3
Description: The lesson will focus on creating a timeline. The teacher and students will work together to collect data from teachers around the school. Using this data, students will work to complete a class timeline and formulate questions to ask others about their completed timeline. This lesson will require four 30-45 minute sessions to complete. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 1 
Description: The lesson will focus on ordering common events by times, days, months, steps, or events.  Students will work collaboratively in groups to organize five child-focused events, steps, or times.   These titles, events, steps, days, and times will be cut apart so that students need to organize them into a logical sequence. Groups will rotate through the five events to practice daily schedules, holidays, school schedules, weekly events, and procedural texts. Groups may take a picture of completed events as a digital copy or the teacher may check each group for formative assessment. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: President's Day for Special Education/Early Elementary
Description: This lesson helps special education/early elementary students learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and discuss how each demonstrated the character trait of honesty.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Reading Like a Detective
Description: This lesson is about using detective skills to be better nonfiction readers. Students will gather clues from the text to make assumptions and connections that will solve, and make meaning about the text. The students will use nonfiction text context clues, and pictures to realize that the author’s purpose is for them to find ALL the clues and make meaning of a topic. Students use clues such as text evidence to make connections and understand text.   Students use key details such as text evidence to gather information about a topic or the authors intended purpose.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2)
Title: The Empty Pot
Description: This lesson will help students identify the moral of the story The Empty Pot by Demi. During this lesson, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about the character trait honesty. Students will share about a time when they demonstrated this character trait. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (2)
Title: Giddy Up Cinderella
Description: Students will read two different western versions of the story Cinderella. They will engage in activities where they will compare and contrast different versions of the story.  Students will participate in listening, speaking, and writing activities that require them to reflect on the stories. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2 - 3)
Title: A Weed is a Flower
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify the main purpose of a text and distinguish it from their own point of view with the book A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and other informational texts. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.