Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:05 AM
This SciGuide about Rocks has many of the NSTA resources (media/simulations) found in the Rocks SciPack. This is both reassuring and a little disappointing. There are however many other web resources which are quite interesting and useful. I particularly like the sections on "misconceptions" and clarifying points about what rocks are not and how they are not classified. This SciGuide is broken down into three comprehensive sections: Formation of Rocks, History of Rocks, and Soil. Each section is full of useful teacher resources as well as resources for students. There is a nice mix of "hands-on" activities, reading, and some virtual media; sources from around the globe as well as information on a collaborative project with NASA and AZ. State's Mars Education program. This SciGuide is worth checking out.
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:19 AM
Interdependence of Life
This SciGuide is packed with information, web resources, and lesson plans. I appreciated the layout and cohesiveness of each sub-heading. Most interesting to me is the "Species Relationships" section as it enables learners to glean an understanding of how species depend and relate to one another. I like the emphasis on food and the fact that life depends on life for survival. There is a nice mix of hands-on, virtual, audio, and video resource links. Though as a Lower Elementary teacher my only criticism would be that there aren't enough resources directly targeting Lower Elementary levels. But this ScieGuide is stated as being for upper and middle school-aged grade levels, so perhaps it's not a criticism as much as wishful thinking.