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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics. For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject. A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations. While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.
Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.
The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous. This site can not and does not index all lesson resources. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity. The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.
This page is a supplement to Alabama Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.
Go to Alabama Social Studies - Alabama History - Capital City Montgomery, Alabama - Alabama Tourism - Alabama Disasters - Alabama Geography -Alabama Lesson Plans - Alabama Colleges and UniversitiesAlabama Archives: Teacher Packet __ "Learning objectives: Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to: 1. Identify the policy of segregation which existed in Alabama. 2. Define the legal idea of being "separate but equal." 3. Define and describe an editorial..." Goals procedure and materials. - From state.al.us - http://www.archives.state.al.us/teacher/rights/rights1.html
Alabama Biographies of the 20th Century __ "In this lesson, students will recognize and examine the lives of Alabamians who have impacted the lives of others and the history of the state with their notable contributions during the first half and last half of the twentieth century. This interdisciplinary lesson relates social studies, language arts and reading. Through this inquiry study, students will choose one of the famous Alabamians, research the person's contributions, write a short biographical summary, and as an extension, create a 3-D scan picture relating to the life and times of the individual." You will find goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Kerri Woods - http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=1976
Alabama Brochure __ "In this lesson students will learn about the state in which they live by using child-friendly Web sites to collect facts and pictures about Alabama." You will find goals, procedure and materials needed. - from Meridith Allison - http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=6832
Alabama State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,' it would be an excellent basis for one for teaching younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-al.html
Alabama State Unit Study __ "These state unit studies are designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for children in the public and private education system as well as homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables, activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity items. - materials, goals, procedure - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susal.htm
Alabama Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/alabama.html
ALEX Lesson Plan: Historic Indian Tribes of Alabama __ "This lesson will focus on researching, analyzing, and comparing the culture of four Indian tribes from Alabama's history. The rich culture of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indian tribes contributed to the rich history of Alabama. Collaborative research in small groups will culminate in presenting knowledge with a variety of visual and oral presentations." Procedure and materials needed. - From alex.state.al.us - http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=12824
BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Alabama __ The youngest of students can have fun coloring a map of their state along with learning some interesting things about it. You will find a print out for this classroom activity. - From blackdog.net - http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/alabama.html
CSS Alabama Digital Collection __ A lesson plan about a ship named "Alabama" rather than the state itself. You will find a digital library with the lesson plans listed under "teaching resource." - From University of Alabama - http://www.lib.ua.edu/libraries/hoole/digital/cssala/main.shtml
Eat Your State! Social Studies Lesson Plan... __ Students make an "edible" map of their state and its resources. When the lesson is over, let 'em munch away at their efforts. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSEatYourState-StateNaturalResourcesIdea24.htm
European Explorer Poem - Social Studies Lesson Plan __ "This lesson plan is specifically for the state of Alabama, but can be adapted" The lesson allows students to describe European exploration and settlement of Alabama. Goals, procedure, materials needed. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSArtLAEuropeanExplorerPoem4.htm
Famous Alabamians: Helping Me Learn How I, Too, Can Make a Difference! __ "In this unit, students will work to create their choice of a presentation on an Alabama citizen who has made a difference in the state, as well as the nation." You will find goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Katie Cole - http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=6266
KidZone Geography - United States Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class activity material for your state as well as all the others. These activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm
Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ This lesson can be made Alabama specific. "This lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." - Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html
Mapping to places in Alabama - Social Studies Lesson Plan __ "This Alabama mapping lesson could easily be adapted to any region for the purpose of teaching map skills...The students will be mapping from one location to another and determining the distance between the places. The students will learn to read a map. The students will learn where different places are on the map." - From lessonplanspage.com - materials, goals, procedure - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSMathMappingRoutesAndDistances45.htm
Mini Study of a State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks
Plotting Points in Alabama __ "he students will be able to use coordinates to find locations of specific cities on a map of Alabama." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Charlotte Blakely - http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=5608
State Reports __ Students will use different types of resources (computer software, research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources, government officials, etc. of a specific state. In this case, yours. Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq
US template __ Print out this template for your students to create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools - http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~orchard/states.htm
Youth Activity Sheets __ "Over the years, the Education Section at the Alabama Department of Archives and History has developed special Activity Sheets. Activity Sheets may include Alabama trivia, crossword puzzles, facts on First Ladies of Alabama, etc." You will find an archive of them for use in the classroom. - From Alabama Department of Archives and History - http://tinyurl.com/ccycw