Nicole Chich

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Recent Reviews by Nicole

Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:11 PM
4 Review of the Red Planet
Nicole Chich The Close-up Look at the Red Planet I really liked this resource about Mars. It is a wealth of information, bringing its readers to many different areas from lesson plan ideas to evidence of extinct life on Mars to connecting Earth’s ancient life to life on Mars. Each section brings you fascinating bits of information that is easy to read and understand. As a future science teacher I feel like the information and the lesson plans that are held in this resource would be very useful for the classroom use. I learned a great deal about Mars myself, and was not bored for one second. The only disadvantage is I feel they could have placed the information in a more logical, page by page manner. The navigation was not so user friendly to me and easy to lose track of where you starte

Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:23 PM
4 Earth's Seasons review
Overall, I really liked this link on Earth’s Seasons. The information given covered a great deal of information; however it was concise and easy to understand. The pictures were great. They helped a lot with understanding how we get our seasons by the earth’s tilt and rotation. The built definitions were a great source and helpful to understanding the material, although I wish the definitions were on the same page as the material. This would help create a better flow instead of having to go back and forth. This is a great source of information for teachers. I learned a lot about the changing seasons that I don’t remember learning in school. It was a great refresher course to me. I always assumed the Earth’s position in its orbit around the Sun determines when seasons occur and it was interesting to learn that it does not. It also surprised me that Earth is farther away from the Sun in June. The assumption is that the closer the sun is to the Earth the warmer it will be, but it is really about how the Sun’s energy is delivered to the Earth’s surface. The “what if the earth wasn’t tilted?” question was also a very interesting fact. I learned that there would be more extreme weather at the equator and the North Pole and humans would be crowded into certain livable areas. In general, I found this site to be a wealth of information. The pictures and the animation were great ways to connect material that is hard to understand. It helped solidify a lot of information. I think the quizzes at the end of each section and at the end of the site was a great way to check what you have learned and hold you accountable for your knowledge.