FINAL PROJECT ELRN 750 TEACHING & LEARNING WITH DIGITAL TECH Instructor: DR. GREGORY M. FRANCOM NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITYSPRING, 2012 By TRANG NGUYEN
Title: Earth science 6-8th Grade Summary:The students are able to identifyand classify minerals and rocks.
Primary Core Objectives The students learn that minerals are different from rocks.The students compare minerals and rock.
Primary Core ObjectivesThe students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and developinnovative products and processes using technology. The students use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues. The students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Thestudents evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks and then students process data and report results related to the lesson. The students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. The students contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems. The students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
Learning OutcomesThe students can select from given information (identify) andassign to categories (classify):- Naturally occurring, solid chemical compounds, that have a crystalline structure and properties that include luster, streak, fracture, cleavage, hardness, color, magnetism and reactivity to acid (minerals) - Naturally occurring materials composed of a mineral mixtureformed by sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic processes(rocks).
The meaningful learning in the project This project has three of the following meaningful learning elements: constructive, authentic, and cooperative. CONSTRUCTIVE The students discuss and speak about what they haveaccomplished in identification and classification of minerals and rocks and reflect on it based on their observations and observations of others. By reflecting on the puzzlingexperiences, the students integrate their new experiences with their prior knowledge about the geology.
The meaningful learning in the project AUTHENTIC In this lesson, the teacher will explain the different betweenminerals and rocks and the connection between minerals and rocks. The students review the characteristics of rocks andminerals and they will find identification becomes easier with practice. Everything in physics occurs in the real world. Learning is more meaningful when tasks and situations arebased in real-world context. In this lesson, learning would be embedded in real life.
The meaningful learning in the project COOPERATIVE The students work together to build knowledge and learning, using each other’s skills and appropriating each other’s knowledge in order to solve problems and performtasks. In this lesson, the students will be divided 4-5 groups.Give each group of students a bag of minerals and rocks, theteacher will instruct the students to group the specimens intothe 3 piles: rocks, minerals and specimens that the studentscannot tell classify. Conversation between learners would be encourage as it is the most natural way of making meaning.
What learners will complete for the project?The students will learned thecharacteristics of rocks and minerals.The students will find identificationbecomes easier with practice by examiningthe specimens of rocks and minerals. Asthey discuss the differences, have thestudents copy down the information.Make sure students are aware that someof the differences are hard to distinguish.When they are finished, have them draw apicture of a mineral and of a rock.
Materials Used by the Teacher -Computer -Rocks and Mineral kit -Microscope or hand lends.
Materials Used by the Students -Textbook, pen, paper -Rocks and Mineral kit -Microscope or hand lends
Technologies Used by the Teacher Computer for online. Provide a few online sites that students would use for deeply understand the lesson.
Technologies Used by the Students Students can use the technology themselves to reinforce their knowledge about rocks and minerals. The students’ activity is to explore the following sites:http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/slideshows/rockCycle2.htmlhttp://www.johnbetts-fineminerals.com/jhbnyc/bestgall.htmhttp://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/online_field_journal/cp/cprk/cprkmain.htmlhttp://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow1/oct98/expert/index.html
Instructional Procedures Please click on following site to see Instructional Procedures http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/5402022/Instructional-ProcedureThe teacher also shows a video in class. The students would be able to learn more about Rocks and Minerals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=s9lRrM WjHQg
Assessment Plan -The teacher observes during the students group the specimens to recognize who is understood. -When the students examine the specimens, the teacher stop and ask the students if the specimens fit the characteristics of rocks or minerals. -The teacher grades the students when they draw a picture of a mineral and of a rock.
Assessment PlanGive the students a short test.The question is: Can you identify and classify rocks andminerals?The answer is:Minerals: Naturally occurring, solid chemicalcompounds, that have a crystalline structure andproperties that includeluster, streak, fracture, cleavage, hardness, color, magnetism and reactivity to acid).Rocks: Naturally occurring materials composedof a mineral mixture formed bysedimentary, igneous or metamorphicprocesses).