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Earth's Surface Changes


Earth's Surface Changes

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This StAIR (Stand Alone Instructional Resource) was created to help students understand Earth's multiple surface changes.  This was intended for use by 3rd grade students. Students can use this resource by itself without assistance.  It includes tutorials on the topic and questions for the students to complete to check their understanding as they work.  There are links to videos, games, additional sites for further explanation and information, if needed.
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: April 22, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 02, 2013
Submitter: Priscila Fojan
Keywords: Earth science, surface changes, science, elementary school


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Primary Audience: Grade School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Power Point
Language: English
Material Version: 2010
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Susan Kwiatkowski
3 years ago

Susan Kwiatkowski (Student)


Your StAIR is wonderful! I love the tutorials for each topic discussed and the questions are very appropriate for 3rde grade students. The links provided for videos, games and additional information are easy to access and great resources. Great job!

Technical Remarks:

Great links to games and additional resources

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Denise Keil
3 years ago

Denise Keil (Teacher (K-12))

Your presentation added a fun twist for students to explore the concepts of weathering.  I can see 6th grade geography classes also a foucs for your StAIR.  The concepts you cover within your presentation are ones that students struggle with on occasion and your project allows for an independent student review when needed.  

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You did a nice job adding additional resources for exploration throughout the presentation.  I thought the UDL principles were sufficiently met along with the addition of  quizzes to support learning.  There were no problems with any of the links but I do worry about opening up the web through additional links with young students.  

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes

Avatar for Andrea Colville
3 years ago

Andrea Colville (Student)

I really enjoyed this resource. The powerpoint gives a variety of types of media such as articles, videos, and pictures. There are fun transitions that would make the powerpoint more exciting. I also was impressed by the actions linked to the words on the quizzes.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Sara Galbreath
3 years ago

Sara Galbreath (Teacher (K-12))

This is a great resource when teaching about changes in the Earth's surface. I appreciate that the objectives for this resource are listed at the beginning.  I like that the feedback for each question is on the same page instead of going to a new page. This resource includes links to videos, games, and more information, as well as colorful diagrams and pictures. I do worry about some of the transitions between pages and how the words fly on the screen. I know some of my students will be distracted by those.

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Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes