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StAIR - Minerals and Rocks


StAIR - Minerals and Rocks

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This is a StAIR (Stand Alone Instructional Resource) where students can explore and learn about Minerals and Rocks.  It is designed for students in 3rd grade.THIS IS A LARGE FILE!!!  I had to create a zip file in order to get all of my videos to work in the Power Point, and it is still quite a large file.
Material Type: Development Tool
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: November 03, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 09, 2011
Submitter: Danielle Bigi
Keywords: Rocks, StAIR, Minerals


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Language: English
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Avatar for Christina Duguay
4 years ago

Christina Duguay (Teacher (K-12))

Hi Danielle,

I liked your powerpoint. My older computer didn't want to play the videos even after you condensed it but I was able to watch them seperately on the drop down menu of your file. I thought they were good for the age group, I little older than my class or I'd use it. I would be a good for my higher thinkers because of all of the reading. I'm wondering if it could be narrated?

With regards to UDL I think it provides students with an alternate means of information and provides another way of supplying knowledge that can be repeated the same way over as many times as needed. UDL 3-1 and 4-1.

I think it's a good way also to minimize distractions and or feelings of shyness. UDL 7.3  An alternate form of relaying information for some students is all they might need to finally get it and this presents the information straight out. UDL 1.2-1.3. Nice work.

Technical Remarks:

I'd like to incorporate some of the types of buttons you had with regards to the word buttons in which the students clicked on to move forward or get more info or relay a choice. I'm not sure how that's done. Again, it was a job well done. I thought the real to life photo were a good choice because of the scientific nature of the power point.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for Lauren Pate
4 years ago

Lauren Pate (Student)

I really like this project! You did a nice job of offering alternatives for auditory and visual information and illustrating through multiple media with the videos and pictures (UDL 1.2, 1.3, 2.5). You also transfer the concepts by having students applying the definitions to real examples of different rocks and minerals (UDL 3.4). This activity and information is layed out clearly and is engaging. All students are supported with the song, videos, pictures, and text. However, for the feedback, te answer is directly given when a wrong answer is picked. Maybe simplify the feedback to direct them in the right direction without telling them the right answer.

Technical Remarks:

I like that you specify what each button does (I just used the forward and back arrows for most of my slides), but you migh want to keep a "home" button for every page. The slides force you to keep moving forward, which can be good to ensure to complete it, but sometimes it is confusing if you want to go back to a slide (just a thought). Also, one of the slides has "Click on..." written, but the ending of the sentences is hidden behind one of the buttons. This could just be the format the file is displayed in. Great job I may use this in my class :)

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