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1 Welcome to Bringing Writing and Reading into Your Earth Science Classroom – Innovative Assessment Ideas Jennifer Bergman David Mastie Roberta Johnson Randy Russell













14 A Little Help for Teachers… BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Realistic Points in the Movie - Depiction of enormous power released during a composite volcano eruption. - Explosive eruption with lots of tephra. - Hot springs exist near volcanic activity. - Towns water supply became contaminated. - Volcano became restless quickly (within one week of first signs of activity). Earthquakes do occur. - NASA tested a robot named Dante at volcanoes in Alaska and Antarctic. - Lakes near volcanoes can become acidic enough to be dangerous to people (pH of water was tested initially). - Seismograph readings. - Carbon dioxide can kill trees and wildlife. Unrealistic Points in the Movie - Can be deadly for helicopters to fly in areas with dense ash in the air. - Lava flows were too fluid! (looked like mafic magma). Should be thick and slow moving (Cascades = felsic). - Temperature of hot spring near volcano changes more slowly than shown (increase takes days, weeks to develop). - Water supply probably contaminated too quickly. - Earthquakes associated with eruptions rarely exceed 5.0 (not big enough to destroy houses, roads, and buildings). - Robots are not used by the USGS to monitor earthquakes. They rely on observations and measurements taken in the field and with satellites. - Unlikely that acid lake would dissolve the metal boat in minutes. - Seismographs were not real...patterns not reflective of earthquake shown. - Driving across lava flow! Whatever! 2000 degrees C! Rubber tires melt, gas tank ignites...



17 Examples of Student Questions for Rubber Ducky Article What was the main advantage of the ducks getting dumped into the ocean? a)To bump Princess Di off the front pages of British newspapers. b)To study ocean currents and wind currents. c)To study the climate. d)To study what weather has to do with oils spills. The toys were dumped into the ocean: a)Because people were angry. b)By a careless sailor. c)In a crazy, unexpected storm. d)As they were going onboard. A similar thing happened in 1990 when a) Barbie dolls went overboard….ahhhh! Splash! b) Nike shoes were lost at sea. c) Hot, new clothes made in Taiwan got knocked into the ocean. d)A years supply of dust rags disappeared from the ship. Weather patterns are very interrelated with: a) Pollution patterns b) Solar radiation patterns c) Ocean current patterns d) Fish migration patterns What is being used to track the plastic ducks, turtles, frogs and beavers? a) A computer model b) Aircraft and satellites flying over the region c) Small fishing boats using fish trackers d) Hunting dogs with flippers on…

18 Examples of Student Questions (Continued…) Which is false? A) The ducks were most recently on the beaches of Sitka and Kodiak B) Studying the ducks help scientists predict what salmon may do when they come back C) There were a total of 3,000 toys D)The toys needed no flotation devices Why did the toys need no flotation devices (as scientific instruments in the ocean would normally need)? Write a letter to the intended destination point for the toys explaining why all is not lost and how what happened will actually be good for their community and good for others…

19 Windows to The Universe Recent statistics: Up to 65,000 visits per day, including up to 20,000 to the Spanish site. Visitors come from more than 120 countries. More than 4900 teachers receive our newsletter.

20 Teacher Resources Register for our newsletter to learn about new pages, projects and classroom activities!

21 Three Levels of Content in Two Languages Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels roughly correspond to elementary, middle and high school.

22 Windows to The Universe Journal Allows users to create reports that document their learning. These reports can be private, shared with teacher or shared with the class. Allows teachers and students to use this tool in their coursework or research. Teachers version with assessment options coming soon!

23 View Journal Page Journal can have several pages. Journal can contain: -Text -Links -Images

24 Creating and editing a journal Users who know HTML can use it to customize the appearance of their journal pages. Users can insert images from the site and links to pages they are currently browsing (no HTML needed).






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32 Please join us at other Windows to the Universe Workshops Today! NESTA Share-a-thon 3:30-4:30pm, Baltimore Conv Center, Room 308 NESTA Rock Raffle 5-6pm, Baltimore Conv Center, Room 308 Watershed Explorations, 5-6pm, Wyndham, INTL E 11/4 Aha, Its Just a Stones Throw Away 9:30-10:30am, Wyndham, INTL D Water, Air, Land, Life and Space (WALLS!) 11- 12pm, Wyndham, INTL C





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