ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Science (4)
Title: Solar Ovens
Description: This investigation allows students to explore the real-life meaning of solar energy. Students designing and engineering a solar oven using a  pizza box. Completed projects will be tested and then evaluated for effectiveness. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.


Subject: Science (4)
Title: Harnessing The Wind (Part One)
Description: In this lesson, students will investigate materials to determine which materials would be best to harness the power of the wind. Students will design, construct, and race a puff mobile.  Students will create a class chart to record data from the puff mobile race. Students will compare features from the puff mobiles with the best race times. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.


Subject: Science (4)
Title: Light Up Your Drawing!
Description: The students will make a drawing that lights up, while investigating circuits using copper tape, batteries and LEDs. They will use templates for the first circuit and then explore by adding more LEDs and copper tape traces.  This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.


Subject: Science (4)
Title: Harnessing the Wind (Part Two)
Description: In this lesson, students will investigate the design behind William Kamkwamba's windmill. Using his design ideas, students will design, construct, and test their own windmill.  This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4)
Title: Greeting Card Dissection
Description: Engage students in testing their knowledge of circuits in this delightful dissection. Students will apply science practices and content knowledge while conducting hands-on and digital/print research and writing. The actual "dissection" does not take very long, but the writing components can be extended if desired.  This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.