Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Online Activity: Students Become Scientists by Applying Observation Skills to Mars Geology

(ARYASLA Blog post maybe)

2014 SRP - Summer Reading Program 2014 =  "Fizz, Boom, Bang" "Spark a Reaction," and for Adults; "Literary Elements"

Although this article is geared toward "Kids", don't let the term "kids" limit your desire to learn and/or teach. 

Summer Reading programming is busting into pre-launch. Are you scrambling for materials?, has your library budget been limited?, have you been defunded?. I hope that is not the case, but if so, let me share my wealth of free resources with you.

An Example: Online Activity: Students Become Scientists by Applying Observation Skills to Mars Geology

The above article comes from Kids.gov. The United States of America has this great site. http://kids.usa.gov/, where daily there is new information and links to resources. There is always something new to find. 

Resources are available for teachers and libraries, all you have to do is sign up.

The example article was chosen for several reasons:

  1. Any student interested in the sciences will need a few basics to get started. A scientist must begin the journey of knowledge with a Field Book. The article; "Students Become Scientists by Applying Observation Skills", begins with the Field Book. Students make / create their own field book to get started.
  2. The linked article is interactive. 
  3. This article is about using the scientific method for learning about the geography of the planet Mars.
  4. As the "Kid" moves through the activity, they are given smaller tasks to complete. They are READing, learning geographic terminology, and gaining skills in language.
  5. Color photographs of outcrops and cuts to geologic formations on Earth help make the term lateral disposition something they can visualize.
  6. The next sub-set activity takes the learner out into space viewing our solar system through the Hubble Telescope. 
  7. From the vastness of space, the new scientist explores Mars from a telescope. Each drop of grain, any moisture, or evidence of heat pressure give clues to life on any planet. 
  8. Knowing how to identify Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous rock types gives students an advantage in science. In this exercise they are explained in an easy and fun manner.
  9. For any kids, teachers or libraries interested in doing more with science, go to  www.kids.gov
  10. As a scientist who learned much of this in my Senior year of college, I can see how this and other interactive games from Kids.gov can help learners and educators. This is our tax dollars at work. Thank you.
Mix up a little science, with some valuable old books; what do you have? A Rare Book Conservator: 

(Rare Book Conservator - Career Spotlight  by kids.gov - YouTube)

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