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Plate Tectonics: I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

Plate Tectonics: I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

The theory of plate tectonics explains the features of Earth’s surface, earthquakes and volcanoes.

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Dawn LeComte
Dawn LeComte (Teacher (K-12))
8 years ago

In order to thoughtfully review this lesson for its quality of educational use, I took time to read the lesson plan, reflect and additional time to thoroughly explore the Brain Pop interactive resource.

Overall, the strengths of this lesson included the relevenance to students own life through the consideration of where they might like to live and considering whether they might be safe from an earthquake, also the inclusion of manipulatives for abstract concepts which supports kinesthetic learners, and the inclusion of a BrainPop video.  The video was not only age appropriate but included informative feedback, rich visual and auditory information, additional reinforcement and enrichment through two activities and a question and answer resource.  The video link also incorporated and online quiz which could be printed or e-mailed to the teacher. 

In terms of ease of use as a lesson plan for teachers, additional links to mentioned posts on Moodle, copy of teacher notes, further internet links to animated videos and You Tube songs would support teachers ability to have a "grab and go" resource. Also, more specific information about what manipulatives were used or a link to a resource for teacher created manipulatives might further ease use.   

Further evaluation of this resource in terms of UDL guidelines and the TPACK model follow:  Technology supported and enhanced student learning and concept mastery as well as giving the teacher immediate assessment of learning through the online quiz.  Additional mentioned links would further enhance student learning.  Multiple means of representation were supported through multiple intelligences including manipulatives, videos, song, and interactive brain pop video.  Providing additional preview and support of vocabulary might be useful.  Multiple means of expression were provided through cooperative groups, individual access to interactive brain pop video, and manipulatives.  In terms of multiple means of engagement, provide summative activity which should include individual choice and autonomy. 

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No broken links were found at this time.

Time spent reviewing site: about 30 minutes
Stacey Chen
Stacey Chen (Student)
8 years ago

This lesson plan does a great job of providing a complete set of essential content on which to base a plate tectonics lesson.  It is missing the lesson sequence and details about the small group activity.  Making the supplemental lesson information available on moodle is a great idea.

Technical Remarks:

The BrainPOP video is a wonderful resource, and does a great job of presenting the lesson's essential content in an interesting manner.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes