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Aug 24, 2007
I think you should take your time while going through this website. There's a lot of information so it takes time to get through. I would not go on it day after day though or you might lose your interest.

Aug 24, 2007
I used this resource in the following manner: First, I asked learners to construct a concept map of knowledge about the solar system using Inspiration 6.0 concept mapping software. Students then investigated the Solar System Trading Card site including the game, the science overview section, the grab bag and the link section. Students than returned to their concept maps and added a second "orbit" of information using a different color and shape for new information. I also used this opportunity to discuss Vigotsky's "Zone of Proximal Development" and the concept of scaffolded learning. We also discussed the notion of cognitive and metacognitive learning. Students conclude the activity by developing a single powerpoint slide exhibiting their "adopted" solar object and what they learned about it. Each team presents the slide while the rest of the class records one thing they learned from the presentation as well as offering a positive and pro-active review of the presentation.

Aug 24, 2007
Spend lots of time on it to explore all the links. Use it with younger kids.

Aug 24, 2007
Think about the questions closely if you do not understand one and look at pictures to give you a clue. Overall it should be easy to understand.

Aug 24, 2007
This site is easy and fun. Participating in the site activity helped me a lot. I learned a lot of new things and it refreshed my memory about things i already knew.

Aug 24, 2007
Play with a partner. It makes learning more enjoyable.

Aug 24, 2007 by Barb Peterson, geol305
This is an excellent site for teachers, students or anyone who is interested in the solar system. It has real color pictures, lots of information, and a fun and informational trading card game that can be played online or can be used in conjunction with a lesson plan that is provided on the site. The site links to many other wonderful sites. This site is keyed to the National Science standards but would also meet two of Minnesota's Academic Science standards for Grade 8, Sub-Strand C. The Universe - The student will compare objects in the solar system and explain their interactions with the Earth. The student will describe the composition and structure of the universe. It will meet most of the benchmarks for both of these standards.

Sep 25, 2006
This resource helped me out and if you take advantage of the info it will help you as well