Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:45 AM
SG Review: Effects of Oceans on Weather & Climate
Although the lesson plans on the SciGuide were for grades 9-12, I felt that the information provided from the other resources helped me gain a better understanding of the effects of oceans on weather, climate, and climate change.
I found the interactive lessons useful in building my background knowledge around topics like climate and climate change. One of the interactive lessons was from a third party site called Exploring Earth, and it had various chapters focusing on Earth Science. I also appreciated that the SciGuide provided links from credible sources such as NOAA and NASA.
The only problem that I came across was that I could not open the media resources, and it is probably due to the file type (flash sim).
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:08 AM
Solar System SciGuide Review
This is what sold me on this particular lesson I found: "The following resources are available free or at low cost from NASA or some of its partners in planetary exploration and education" (National Science Teachers Association, 2010). The fact that the resources were free and that they were from a credible site.
The student samples are quite helpful when it comes having exemplars to compare my students' work to.
The Modeling Orbits in the Solar System lesson was simple enough to follow and utilize in a elementary classroom. It helps that it hits my standards as well.
Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:59 AM
Nature of Light SciGuide Review
I don' t know if I missed it in the Energy SciGuide, but this one stated, "This SciGuide breaks down the complexity of teaching the nature of light into manageable chunks arranged in a logical sequence for learning" (National Science Teachers Association, 2010). This SciGuide and I believe all of the SciGuides do make it "manageable" for teachers like myself.
This SciGuide (and probably all the other SciGuides) would be the first place to go if you needed ideas on how to teach a class about light. It gives you themes to pick from, which allows you to pick the ones that align with state standards.
What I appreciate the most is that when I click on a particular theme, it brings me to a page that is further organized in categories of what you need. For example, there are links on the right hand side that will take you to the subsequent resources. (links: Lesson Plan, Vignette (Case Study), Audio Clip, Sample of Student Work.