These resources include a book chapter that serves as a good introduction to plate tectonics, a journal article to incorporate technology into exploring plate tectonics and a problem based project idea to bring it all together.
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Wed, Oct 03, 2012 7:55 PM in BestOceanographyLabActivities
here's a great site with formative assessment included that the students can complete: http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/labs/tides/tides_main.html if you want to incorporate technology.
If you want something a lot more hands on, try this: http://www.santarosa.edu/~lwillia2/4aLab/4Agravity.pdf
I believe that's roughly the "balloon activity" mentioned in the first link.
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Tue, Oct 02, 2012 8:39 PM in IPAD & IPOD Assessment tools
That's wonderful that you have the chance to incorporate some stellar technology.
this is an app that looks good: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/stick-pick/id436682059?mt=8
It's called stick pick and its a formative assessment tool that allows you to form questions. There's many question starters as well. It also allows for the answers to be graded on a scale.
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 9:20 PM in Credible Sources
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website is awesome for this! http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/02/
It lists a series of five questions that help determine if a source is credible. The site is great for all things writing! It's also updated regularly.
I hope this helps!
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Sizing Up the Solar System
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 11:42 PM Good Activity, However Model is Too Small
I enjoy the description for the activity - its very thorough. However, the scale model made is very small. I'm not sure that it paints an accurate picture of the vast distance between the sun and its planets. Perhaps using a larger material that spans a greater distance such as toilet paper or a long hallway would work better.
Tried and True: Solar System in the Hallway
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 10:30 PM Fun Activity With Models, Easy to Manipulate
I think this activity would be eye opening for students. However, I think setting up the model ahead of time, may take away from the students awe at the distance between the sun and its surrounding planets! While setting up a scale, might focus on mathematics, I believe its important to garner and understanding that math and science go hand in hand. A happy medium here, would be to set up the scaled model as a group. Lead the students to the hallway and hang The Sun poster, then guide them through setting up the model by telling them what each tile represents. Ask students to provide the rest of the information - the distance between each planet and gather feedback and observations as set up continues. Then, set the students free, requiring certain observations to be reported. Easily differentiated as well - different groups can be responsible for a different tier of observations.
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