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Stair Project: Earth's Position


Stair Project: Earth's Position

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This Stair project is directed at 3rd Graders but can be beneficial to other age groups. Students will be able to view this PowerPoint presentation independently and work their way though the presentation learning about Earth's position in space and why this position allows Earth to support life. They will be able to test their comprehension and watch multiple videos too.
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Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: August 13, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 20, 2012
Submitter: Katie White
Keywords: PowerPoint, Stair project, Earth in Space


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Primary Audience: Grade School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: PowerPoint viewing/audio capabilities
Language: English
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
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Avatar for Trista Teuscher
4 years ago

Trista Teuscher (Teacher (K-12))

This is a well thought out concept that is put together in a STAIR for students to guide themselves through. This is a difficult concept and while introduced in 3rd grade, would be a great lesson to use with almost any grade. I may have learned a few things myself! I did have difficulty viewing some of the videos. I am not sure if it was my computer that wasn't working or the video itself. I do like the feedback it gave when students answered correctly or incorrectly, the simple sound effects make a difference to 3rd graders. I think a few of the questions were wordy and some may have trouble with them. But I think they were similar to what studnets may see on standardized tests so it may be good practice for them. There were many visual opportunities to hear and see the concept being taught and was backed by immediate quetions and feedback which is a great advantage to using a STAIR. Overall, I highly recommend this lesson and look forward to using in my classroom this upcoming year. I think it will be a great lesson to display on the smartboard in small groups to allow for discussion as well as using indivudally.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 min

Avatar for Charlene Patten
4 years ago

Charlene Patten (Student)

Awesome!!! This is a great supplemental tool! Multiple means of respresentation including alternatives for visual information (video) as well as providing alternatives for auditory information. This tool also provides different ways of interacting with the material. I appreciate that the questions were built right into the middle of the material so that kids can "test"what they have learned so far.  I think adding the "keep learning" the end was a great way to extend academic discovery. I also like the assement tool that checks answers.

Technical Remarks:

Some of the sound effects did not work when clicking on the answers.  Alos, on the page with two videos, there was not a way to click out of the video or collapse from the large screen.  If you did not already know how to just hit "ESC", you might feel frustrated.  Overall, technically this was a great StAIR.

Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 35mins looking at the videos and the extension piece at the end.

Avatar for Ruth Myles
4 years ago

Ruth Myles (Teacher (K-12))

This was a great topic, and I think you integrated your resources really well. Imbedding videos and pictures into the powerpoint makes it easier to navigate.  Including recordings of the text also helps to keep your struggling readers engaged.  I liked the self-correcting answers as well.  The layout was very clean, and easy to read the information. Nice job!

Technical Remarks:

I got stuck on slide 3 after clicking view video.  I did not see an option to continue on, and had to go back to the powerpoint and select a slide.  Not sure if something happened to the button.  An option to go back, or a main menu would also be helpful for learners who want to review a specific topic. 

Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins.

Avatar for Ariel Myers
4 years ago

Ariel Myers (Student)

This presentation would be a great tool to use not only in a 3rd grade classroom but for anyone interested in the basics of Earths importance. It is cute, engaging and definitely informative. The videos were very helpful, especially with the different videos presented by Brain Pop Jr. Brain Pop Jr. is a great resource to use for students at that age. The design of this presentation was also created perfectly with the content it was emphasizing. I enjoyed the slides with difference planets on them that also included their colors. The audio used within this presentation is an excellent way to aid diverse learners. Students have a visual infront of them while also listening to it being said. This presentation gives multiple resources for students to use in order demonstrate their knowledge after they complete the interactive power point. This wwas also a great way to give students a choice and have them apply their learning in different ways.

Technical Remarks:

I felt that this presentation was very easy to move through. It is definitely user friendly and its design makes students excited about learning. One thing I would reconsider is putting in a "review information," option somewhere while answering the questions. Instead of students 'guessing' the answer, they have an option to re-read what they learned. I also think it would be helpful to those students who may need a guide while answering questions. Overall, I think this will be a great resource to any classroom!

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes viewing presentations and videos.

Avatar for Jean Sullivan
4 years ago

Jean Sullivan (Teacher (K-12))

Very nice presentaion with various opportunities for differential learning.  My 3rd graders love Brain Pop Jr. - good choice for the video clips. The content was at grade level and would keep the students interest.  

Technical Remarks:

The presentation was easy to read and navigate through.  You may want to add back buttons for the students that like to re-read information.  Using the black background for a presentation on planets was a good choice! 

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for Alicia Truitt
4 years ago

Alicia Truitt (Teacher (K-12))


It is a great tool for 3rd graders to learn about Earth and its place in space, as the title cleverly suggests.  There are a lot of pictures and appropriate videos that are appealing to younger learners.  It is elementary friendly and broken down into segments.  This resource starts off with easy questions and then moves to harder concepts.  It is scaffolded in a logical order.  After each concept, there are a series of questions to quiz the students over each concept.  It would be nice for students who don’t do well on the questions, to have a link to go back to the video to review.  Overall, this presentation is a great tool to use after discussing the concept in class.  It is ideal for reinforcing previously learned material in a new way. 

Technical Remarks:

This presentation was easy to use and watch.  The links to each slide are easily found and utilized, but it would be better to save this presentation as a .pps instead of .pptx so students are not able to edit the slides.

The presentation is presented in many different formats for varied learners.  Questions are available in audio as well as text.  There are also great graphics, pictures, and videos to present the concept.  It would be nice to see an interactive map where students have to identify Earth and/or surrounding planets by clicking on the planets.  This would help to address the kinesthetic and visual learners.  When clicked, a recording of the planet’s name could be prompted as well to address kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners! There are many great extras in this presentation that will make it more meaningful and fun for the students!

Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 20 minutes looking through the presentation, watching the videos and perusing the links on the second to last slide.