ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Symbols All Around Us
Description: This lesson will focus on American symbols. Students will identify American symbols and explain how they represent the United States of America. Symbols include the Liberty Bell, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty, United States Flag, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. Students will work in pairs and conduct research about American symbols and create a digital story about a symbol of their choosing. This lesson was created as part of a collaboration between Alabama Technology in Motion and ALEX.


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 2
Description: The lesson will focus on observing and creating timelines.  Teacher will show students example timelines.  Students will state things that they notice from the sample timelines.  Teacher will read American Symbols: The Lincoln Memorial by Terri DeGezelle.  Teacher and students will work together to create a timeline based on American Symbols: The Lincoln Memorial by Terri DeGezelle.  Finally, students will break into groups and work to create a timeline with other American Symbols books. 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 Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: What Makes a Leader?
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about various leadership qualities and historical American leaders. Each student will research an American leader of their choice and create a presentation about their life and impact on our country using the iPad app Educreations. Students will then participate in a class discussion about their thoughts on the researched leaders and how they can show leadership in their everyday lives. 


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 (1), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: All-American Diva, Ruby Bridges
Description: In this lesson, students will discover the impact Ruby Bridges made in history when she became the first black child to attend a white school.  Your students will be sure to fall in love with the story Ruby has to tell and how this child's courage changed life in the United States.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.