ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3), or Social Studies (3)
Title: Natural Disasters
Description: Each student becomes an expert on a natural disaster, investigating and discovering how they can prepare for it.  Students initially create traditional motivational posters using paper, pencils, markers, and crayons.  Then, students create an electronic version to motivate others to prepare for natural disasters.  Next, students create storyboards/scripts and digital stories on a natural disaster of their choosing to inform others of ways to prepare for natural disasters.  This lesson was created as part of a collaboration between Alabama Technology in Motion and ALEX.  


Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3)
Title: Mapping the Travels of Paul Bunyan Through Alabama, Too!
Description: During this lesson, students will recount a Paul Bunyan tall tale, an entertaining way to identify bodies of water and landforms in the United States. Although Paul Bunyan's Tales did not focus on Alabama, students will create their own narratives after viewing photographs of major mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes throughout Alabama (ACOS 3.2). This lesson will utilize older maps of the United States and Alabama, which are used to remind us that this folk tale was handed down orally until the early 1900s when a newspaper printed several accounts of the tall tale. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3)
Title: Preparing for Natural Disasters: Tornado
Description: The lesson will begin by students performing a think-aloud as they consider the similarities of five words:  tornado, shelter, basement, underground, and safe room. Students will use a pros and cons graphic organizer as they read articles on three different types of tornado shelters: underground shelters, part of the house shelters, and prebuilt shelters. The students will find the advantages and disadvantages of each type of structure. At the end of the lesson, the teacher will create a table that lists all the shelters and the pros and cons of each. Students will then determine which shelter they feel is most efficient in an "exit slip" response.  This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.


Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3), or Social Studies (3)
Title: Oh, The Geographic Features We Can Explore!  Using QR Codes and Google Slides 
Description: In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to create a presentation showcasing the various geographic features around the world and use the appropriate academic vocabulary.  Students will present their group slide to the class.  Students will independently write a compare and contrast paragraph about two geographic features.  


Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3), or English Language Arts (3)
Title: Fun With Idioms
Description: This lesson is designed to help students become comfortable with idioms.  Students will work closely with idioms to discover meanings and present them to the class.  Students will use technology to present the information.


Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (3), or English Language Arts (3)
Title: Do You Have a Babushka?
Description: This lesson will familiarize students with the author Patricia Polacco. Students will use appropriate resources to gather information about Polacco, categorize the information, and record it in a graphic organizer (concept map).