Amber Shiel

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Recent Reviews by Amber

Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:28 PM
5 Earth's Changing Surface: Sculpting the Landscape
This was an excellent and most interesting science object! I have completed the "Rocks" scipack and found this to be a great addition to that knowledge. I especially enjoyed the interactive comparison activity that compared how rivers change arid environments versus wet ones. The use of the Mississippi river delta and the Grand Canyon as examples of each was very effective in illustrating how vegetation and rainfall affect the way the landscape is sculpted.

Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:59 PM
4 Under the Ice
This podcast succinctly explains the importance of core ice samples--starting with a general explanation of what they are used for, and leading into the microbial and biological implications of specific findings. I appreciated that the conclusion posed an interesting and exciting question: Does the persistence of metabolism in ice at low temperatures mean that the world’s glaciers and ice sheets are active biomes? Unfortunately, the sound quality was rather poor, though.

Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:54 PM
2 Teaching through Trade Books
This article provided some books about the rock cycle as well as a sample lesson for grades K-3 and one for grades 4-6. The two books they mentioned seemed useful, and it was helpful that they mentioned that “Let’s Go Rock Collecting” used the term “rocks” less scientifically. However, I was expecting a more extensive list of books. The sample lesson for grades K-3 seemed pretty good, assuming that students already had a background in the different types of rocks and what their physical features were. However, the 4-6 lesson was admittedly difficult for students, (and for adults, too) to complete. There were no suggestions for how to scaffold students to identify two related metamorphic and igneous/sedimentary rocks would look like. In fact, it is my understanding that such an observable relationship is not even always apparent.