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Re: [Channel-talkearthspace] summer term and session 1

From: Beverley James <bjbj8282@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue Jun 13 2006 - 13:59:23 EDT

The last thing a teacher of mine would have spent time
on is a lesson on dirt. After all - she would think -
who doesn't know what dirt is? I am in complete
agreement with dirt being the starting place to
discover the dynamics of our planet and even on to the
solar system. As I have discovered through this
course, dirt comprises all the element we need to
provide the foundation for the concept of dynamic
Earth. There is a great free program provided by the
educational folks at The Grand Canyon called Dynamic
Earth. If you are at all interested, you would have a
great time along with your students. You need to get
signed up in time; then this is what could happen. You
could spend a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the
Grand Canyon Ranger quarters and classroom learning
about the Grand Canyon. When I went, snow was
everywhere. I stayed in a ranger quarters that had a
huge window overlooking the pristine forest. We spent
all day Saturday and 1/2 day Sunday learning about the
canyon and the dynamics of Earth. Then, in April, I
took my class on a field trip to the Canyon. There are
choices of field trips. Check it out. You might love
it. I did. I also brought home two coolers full of
snow, and the kids who live in the middle of the
desert and most of which had never seen snow, made
snowballs. You can guess what they did with them. Also
the program includes a ranger visit to your classroom
for prep. You can also order a trunk full of
activities to use in your classroom for two weeks. If
you do this, let me know how it goes for you.

--- Melissa McCann <mkmcc74@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Has anyone thought about how to tackle the action
> research project? Considering that this is the
> summer session, action reserach cannot be conducted
> as it could during the school year.
>
> Regarding the Channel-Talk prompts, I think the
> ideas students bring to the classroom are a
> combination of previous classroom experiences,
> experiences in learning environments such as
> museums, independent reading, listening and talking
> to other people, and exposures to relevant
> situations. Students integrate the information
> gathered from all of these different experiences and
> try to make sense of it. Their conclusions may or
> may not be correct, depending on their level of
> comprehension of the experiences.On the other hand,
> I think my knowledge about soil comes mostly from
> observations. I do not recall ever having formal
> instruction about soil.
>
> Melissa
>
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Regards, Beverley James

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