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STAIR Sink or Float

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The students will learn the physical properties of a solid and determine which objects will sink or float. K – 2nd Grade – Students will use data to determine whether events are likely or unlikely.K-7 Standard P.PM: Develop an understanding that all matter has observable attributes with physical and chemical properties that are described, measured, and compared. Understand that states of matter exist as solid, liquid, or gas; and have physical and chemical properties. Understand all matter is... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: December 04, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 12, 2012
Submitter: Jason Simpson
Keywords: Education


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Avatar for Christopher Munn
3 years ago

Christopher Munn (Teacher (K-12))

Good simple resource. It was light, fun, and engaging. The content was basic but still a complete learning resource for young students. The pictures, video, and music made the resource more enjoyable.

Technical Remarks:

I would like the resource to have "back" buttons. I would prefer the video embedded in the resource. And I wish the forward buttons were always in the same spot, but that might just be my preference.

Time spent reviewing site: 5-10 minutes
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Avatar for Emily Mullins
3 years ago

Emily Mullins (Staff)

Very simple and easy to use. I does a decent job demonstrating simple matter properties. It is short and sweet and to the point.

Technical Remarks:

The issue may have been with my mac, but certain buttons only moved the slides forward. They did not allow the student to return to previous pages or "home."

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for S P
3 years ago

S P (Librarian)

This resource is simple and fun.  It can be used to help students develop an understanding of what object sink and which float. Using this resource students should grasp these ideas and be able to make the technology function.  I found the resource description in MERLOT especially useful because of the included detail.  I wish more MERLOT content had such rich descriptions.  The resource itself is quite simple and as such might be something on wihch to build.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for C T
3 years ago

C T (Teacher (K-12))

This was a cute slideshow on "Sink or Float" dealing with the science of Matter, although lacked a few basic elements to make it more effective.
The lesson needed lots more images.  Since this is a 1st grade lesson, students need that visual stimulous to learn more effectively. All of the arrows should be placed at the bottom of the screen. Some of the language is above a 1st grade level, and a little more clarification of what the letters "SWBAT" stood for would have been nice. I was confused as to where to click for the "terms to know" section. I think for this lesson you need to say, "click on "solid" to find out more about it., etc. I did like the YouTube video.  It was age appropriate and fun to watch. The quiz was alright, but I think I would place more pics on these two pages also. The content of the lesson was interesting and science related. 

Technical Remarks:

You should have "back buttons" on all pages and a "back button" should replace the pic of the "home" icon. For the page with the YouTube video, most kids would click in the middle of the image on the page, but if you do that nothing happens. The link only works if you click on the outer area of the box.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for nichole plank
3 years ago

nichole plank (Teacher (K-12))

There are no technical problems with this activity; everything seems to be in great shape.  Fun lesson.

The only negative features of this is that it is very text heavy.  I teach first grade, and although properties of matter is something that we teach (thus I could use it), it wouldn't be an independent activity.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes