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StAIR: Earth Layers and Plate Tectonics


StAIR: Earth Layers and Plate Tectonics

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This ppt is a StAIR lesson plan. It will teach students the Structure of the Earth and Plate Tectonics. By the end of this lesson they will will be able to: Name and describe Earth’s main layers. Name and describe three types of plate boundaries
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Date Added to MERLOT: April 21, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 01, 2012
Submitter: Ryan Brown
Keywords: Layers of the Earth, tectonic plates, plate boundaries, Layers, boundaries, plate, tectonic


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Avatar for Dawn LeComte
4 years ago

Dawn LeComte (Teacher (K-12))

In order to thoughtfully review this material for its educational potential, I spent about 20 minutes reviewing content and an additional 30 minutes watching embedded videos. 

Overall, what stood out to me was the rich layering of information through the use of age appropriate videos  some which incorporated "rap like" songs which further addressed student engagement, diverse cultural backgrounds, and multiple intelligences.  Likewise, graphics and diagrams were of high quality.  Key concepts were highlighted in bold letters as well as real world connections.  In terms of multiple intelligences, linguistic, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners were supported.  Kinesthetic learning was addressed through a cut an paste activity which would be handed in after lesson completion.  Feedback was informative and included not only text, reviewed text, but contained additional videos for reteaching at times.  Clear objectives and learning goals were stated initially and again reviewed for self assessment at the end of the video.  Back and forward buttons and instructions for use increased ease of use and aided mastery of content.

Final comments here address TPACK and UDL guidelines more directly. In terms of multiple representations visual and auditory alternatives were provided.  Key concepts were illustrated non-liguistically through graphics, video, song, anc cut and paste activity.  Critical features were highlighted with bold text, graphics and diagrams.  Multiple means of expression included the quiz assessment and hands on activity. 

Thoughts: Since students are asked to hand in a completed task at the end, you might consider having students complete a self-assessment of what they learned in writing or in a brief "rap" statement.  I mention this also because of the age level of students and their ability to do this.  You might also get student feedback about this resource by creating an online survey or even assess knowledge prior to STAIR and after.  Of course this wonderful resource could be connected to other hands on or group activities to provide further reinforcement of learning.

Technical Remarks:

I did not find any broken links.  All audio and embedded links and videos appear to be intact. 

Time spent reviewing site: about an hour

Avatar for Stacey Chen
4 years ago

Stacey Chen (Student)

This resource contains clear objectives so that students can check their own learning, and presents information in a variety of ways (clear diagrams, useful explanations, and links to videos) to keep students engaged with the material.  Students are able to naviate backwards during teaching slides, which provides them the opportunity to review at their own pace.  I also liked the specific re-teaching slides that are included during the quiz activities.

Technical Remarks:

This StAIR is of high-quality and allows students to navigate easily throughout, but there are punctuation typos on a couple of slides.  Overall, the resource is presented in an information-rich, high-interest format.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes