Mountain Ageby: Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about processes that affect the shape of mountains. While determining the relative age of mountains involves a variety of complex interacting factors, this probe is designed to determine if students consider weathering factors or if they intuitively believe taller mountains are older.

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  • on Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:46 PM

This formative assessment probe by Page Keely does an excellent job of finding out what students think about the shape of mountains. Just because a mountain is low and smooth, does it mean it is older than a high, rough mountain? Following the probe is a section that describes the correct answer and helps teachers of all grades to understand what children are thinking and what their misconceptions might be.

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

  • on Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:46 PM

Educators that use this probe will be provided information about student knowledge of mountain building, uplift, and erosion. As always, detailed information comes with the probe to provide teachers with information about how to use and what research says about how they would answer.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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