Science Sampler: Out of the Stone Ageby: Robyn Kademan

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A collection of rocks and minerals can bring out the little kid in middle school students. When they walk into the classroom and see all of the rocks, their curiosity is sparked. They hurry over to the table and pick up each rock with childlike glee. Because of this enthusiasm, students generally have a lot of prior knowledge about rocks. The author of this activity decided that technology would be the tool to use for taking students' thinking and learning to a higher level. To do this, students use computers to create a mineral database.

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  • on Mon May 13, 2013 10:25 AM

This article shares an idea of organizing rock characteristics into a database. It suggests middle school but I feel it would be more appropriate for upper elementary. More instructions on how to get the information to put in the database would be helpful.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:33 PM

The article presents solid information and describes a way to utilize technology with mineral identification. No assessment methods are discussed and project seems to lack direction once the database is complete.

Kendra Young  (Lake Stevens, WA)
Kendra Young (Lake Stevens, WA)

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