"How Does Where You Live Affect How You Live?" is a lesson about the children who live in Amazon Rain Forest for third graders. There are two videos, a photogallery, teacher instructions and two worksheets to accompany the lesson.
Type of Material:
Presentation that could be used as a stand-alone or as class exercise/presentation.
In-class with students working individually or in pairs.
Reviewers used IE 7, IE 8, Firefox 3.0.15 and Chrome without difficulty.
The site requires users to have access to Windows Media Player as well as the ability to open Microsoft Word documents. Note: one video is called a slideshow.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learner goals are to teach children about cultural diversity and geography.
Target Student Population:
The target population is third graders as indicated on the webpage. Grades second through the sixth grade could benefit from the lesson.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The video about the children of the Amazon is in Kichwa and in Spanish. There are a few parts which are translated into English.
The videos and photo gallery present animals, language, lifestyle, and cultural artifacts from the Amazon culture. It is part of the core curriculum in social studies, multicultural education, environmental studies, and geography. The site can be used at a variety of primary grade levels and appeals to a variety of learning styles (e.g. visual and auditory). There are printable resources available to learners who may like to use hard copy materials. Learners can easily interact with material. Learners can also practice language skills.
There may be some difficulty locating the Kichwa and Spanish words in the list below the video on the Children of the Amazon Forest.
The site is geared to primary grades and specific to one location in a rather large region.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objectives are clearly identified. It could be used to introduce a lesson on the Amazon Rain Forest as it begins with a map demonstrating the location. There are lots of pictures which are appealing to young learners. The worksheets are simple charts which can be completed independently by students.
The videos should indicate the total time that it will take to view each. The title of presentation leads the user to believe there would be more higher-order thinking activities/skills presented.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
There is a list of links on the homepage for teachers and pictures which are also linked to the same content for students.There site has colorful pictures of children and objects which are appealing to young students. The blue background is soothing and should maintain their attention.
The site is extremely easy to use with multiple browsers. Instructions are clear, audio has clarity and speech is neither too slow nor too fast. The user is able to turn sound off and on and pause sections at any point; as well, uses can stop midstream in one section to proceed to another and/or return to one. The presentations adheres to good design theory (font, text size, amount of information on the screen at once, creating new screens as needed and giving user control).
•User needs to have access to specific software applications.
Other Issues and Comments:
A very useful introductory site for primary grades. The presentation can be completed over time. It’s not necessary to complete all segments in one sitting.
The volume is a little low on the video about the Children of the Amazon and the video would benefit from subtitles.
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