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Blow Me Away!
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This inquiry-based lesson allows students to explore how energy is transferred through a wave. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

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Physics
Science
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Body Tissue Portfolio Virtual Lab
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Students will complete a virtual lab on Human Body Tissues. This lab can be found by going to the Histology Virtual Lab . In this lab, students can be in pairs or individual in a computer lab or with tablets. Students will go to the website listed above to view and draw specific body tissues that are outlined in the student e-lab they will have to download. At the end of the assignment, students will make a portfolio of their tissues. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Life Science
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Bond Polarity and Determining Molecular Geometry
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In this lesson, students will examine electronegativities of atoms relative to one another to determine if a covalent bond will be classified as polar or nonpolar. Students will use an online simulation to help them understand the importance of lone pairs of electrons as well as bonding pairs of electrons. Students will use ball-and-stick models to examine and identify the shapes of various molecules. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

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Chemistry
Science
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Build a Better Shelter
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Students will use information from Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this unit concerning tornadoes, including the type of damage tornadoes cause and the locations where they typically occur. Students will work in groups of three to design a structure that will withstand and protect people from tornadoes. Each team will represent an engineering firm. They will select from a variety of materials available and sketch their design on poster board prior to constructing a prototype. Students will present their designs to the class and will undergo a wind test. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Building Functions:  Composition of Functions
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This lesson provides a review of evaluating functions and finding function rules as well as an introduction to the composition of functions. The review is accomplished through the use of an online exploration using a function machine. The idea of a function machine is also used to explain the composition of functions. Instruction is provided in finding the composition using several different representations of functions (input/output tables, graphs, and function rules). This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Building Functions:  Inverse Functions from Tables and Graphs
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This lesson will lead students on a guided discovery to find the inverse of a function given the graph or a table of values. Students will relate the inverse of a graph to finding the reflection of the graph over the line y=x. They will identify characteristics of functions whose inverses are also functions (One-to-One Functions) and will be introduced to the horizontal line test. Students will also apply their knowledge of a graph to a table of values to determine if the table represents a One-to-One Function. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Building Functions - Reverse to Inverse
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This lesson will provide an introduction to finding the inverse of a function or a relation. Through a combination of teacher-led instruction and collaboration, students will discover a method for finding the inverse of a function or relation. The use of an online graphing calculator will aid students with their discovery. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Camouflage, Countershading, & Adaptations
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The students will investigate camouflage and countershading as an example of penguin adaptation. Then students engage in an experiment to demonstrate the effectiveness of blubber as an insulator against the cold temperatures penguins typically experience. Students will learn about a variety of external penguin structures and explore the insulating value of an internal structure, blubber. This lesson was adapted from the NSTA at this link . This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

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Life Science
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Can You Dig It?
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In this lesson, students will define archaeology. Students will make inferences from observations by sorting through garbage to analyze clues about the people who left the garbage. Students will compare and contrast two artifacts looking for clues from the past. Students will write a narrative story of an artifact. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Can You Identify the Mystery Substance? An Inquiry-Based Lab Activity
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Students will begin this inquiry-based lesson by accessing their prior knowledge about the distinguishing characteristics of different substances. Using ideas from the students, the teacher will create a list of physical and chemical properties that can be used to recognize different substances. Next, the teacher will assist the students in planning an investigation that will test methods to determine the identity of substances based on their characteristic properties. Lastly, students will carry out the investigation they planned with the aim of identifying "mystery" substances using their unique physical and chemical properties. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Chemistry
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Can You Solve the Mystery of the Variable?
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This lesson will help students master Algebra I standard 15: Rearrange formulas to highlight a quantity of interest, using the same reasoning as in solving equations [A-CED4]. The lesson will make the connection between isolating a guilty person in a "who-dun-it" with isolating a given variable in an equation. In addition, this lesson will involve students creating a list of procedures to use when solving for a given variable. At this time it is not necessary for students to know the formal names for the properties. It is important for students to understand the concepts and take part in creating a set of procedures for isolating a variable and solving equations. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Can an Animal's Traits be Influenced by the Environment?
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The lesson will begin with the teacher leading a discussion related to animal traits and the environment using a T-chart graphic organizer. The students will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with a partner, and then the teacher will introduce the essential question of the lesson: "Can an animal's traits be influenced by the environment?" Next, the teacher will show students a video clip and nonfiction text related to the arctic fox, which is an animal that experiences a seasonal change in its fur color, and record information about the fox's traits and habitat on a T-chart graphic organizer. Then, students will research a different animal to determine how its traits can be influenced by its environment using digital or print sources and take brief notes. Lastly, students will develop an explanatory text in a claim-evidence-reasoning format that includes an illustration to help convey their scientific ideas clearly. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject:
Biology
English Language Arts
Science
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
The Case of the Invisible Signal
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Are cell phones really safe for humans to use frequently? In this mock trial lesson, students will use claim, evidence, and reasoning to construct a scientific argument on the safety of the electromagnetic waves involved in cell phone technology. During the lesson process, students will hold a "trial" and each individual student will construct their own written "verdict" based on the evidence presented at the mock trial. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject:
Biology
English Language Arts
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Cause and Effect of Dams
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Students will discuss the definition of cause and effect, and the teacher will explicitly explain the definition of cause and effect as well as introduce keywords used in determining cause and effect. Students will be introduced to an informational text about dams. The teacher will model determining a cause and effect relationship found in the text. Next, the students will practice determining cause and effect in the same text. Students will use a cause and effect graphic organizer to identify cause and effect relationships within the informational text. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
The Cell Theory: An Evidence-Based Argument
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This lesson will require students to research the three tenets of cell theory and describe the scientific evidence that supports this theory. After students complete their research, they will engage in all steps of the writing process, including prewriting, outlining, revising, and editing. At the conclusion of the lesson, students will create a three-paragraph argumentative essay to examine the cell theory and the scientific evidence that supports this theory. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Biology
Science
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Changing Matter, Not Weight
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Matter is not created nor destroyed; it simply changes from one form to another. This law of conservation of mass challenges elementary students ideas about matter, because many children may think that matter is created or destroyed in a chemical reaction. In this lesson, students will challenge their preconceptions about matter by experimenting with physical and chemical changes to determine that the total weight of the matter does not change. Students will use math to show that the total weight of matter is equal to the sum of the weight of its component parts, and they will graph this information to show that the weight of matter is conserved during physical and chemical changes. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Chemistry
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
"Cheer, Cheer, for the 'Red, White, and Blue!'" University and High School Students' Contributions and Participation during the World Wars
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Students will examine and evaluate both college and high school students' support of and involvement in the World Wars. Students will research both photographic and textual resources in order to produce factual information about how students reacted to World Wars 1 and 2. This lesson will culminate in a student-driven Socratic Seminar style discussion which will allow the students to verbally articulate their findings from the resources provided. This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Chemical Reactions
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This lesson is designed to supplement instruction of reaction types and balancing equations. This lesson should not be used as an introduction to these topics. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Chemistry
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
The Circle of Life
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During this lesson, the students will learn how matter transfers within an ecosystem and within the environment *This lesson can be taught over a two-day period. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject:
Life Science
Science
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Lesson Plan
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Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021
Climate Change & The Carbon Cycle
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Students will explore greenhouse gases, how they effect the carbon cycle and the human role in climate change. This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
Date Added:
02/10/2021