ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5)
Title: Movement of Constellations in the Night Sky
Description: In this lesson, students will examine time lapse photos and videos to see the movement of stars during the night. Students will use star wheels to track the visibility of constellations throughout the year and graph the number of days a constellation is visible each month. Using data from the graphs, they will collaboratively construct a large-scale model of the sun, Earth, and constellations to better understand the role Earth’s movement and axial tilt play in the visibility of stars. Finally, students will draw a diagram and write an explanation of the apparent movement of stars using data from the graphs and class model. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.   

Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5)
Title: Photosynthesis: Let's Talk About It
Description: This lesson will utilize the talking drawings strategy, in which students will begin the lesson by drawing a picture of a plant to illustrate how they think plants make their own food. Then, the teacher will introduce the process of photosynthesis using an interactive presentation to explain photosynthesis in a pictorial format. As the teacher describes the process, the students will create a scientifically accurate drawing of a plant engaging in photosynthesis. Lastly, students will create a writing piece that will describe the process of photosynthesis and construct a scientifically accurate illustration of the process of photosynthesis. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5)
Title: Is the Sun the Biggest Star?
Description: Young students may think the sun is the biggest and brightest star in the universe since it appears to be the brightest star in the sky when viewed from Earth.  In this lesson, students will use flashlights to construct a model of the difference in stars' appearances due to their distance from Earth.  Then they will use the Internet to research the sun and stars to create a poster, picture book, or digital presentation to explain that the sun is not the biggest or brightest star--it only appears that way due to its proximity to Earth.   This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (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: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5), or English Language Arts (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.