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Tool: Mars Exploration Curriculum
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Go to: http://ldt.stanford.edu/~khryoo/124x/intro.swf (opens a new window)
Description: The applet is designed to teach students four distinct facts about Mars, each dealing with a different topic. Each fact teaches a difference between Earth and Mars. The goal is not that students will memorize each of the facts, but rather that they will gain exposure to the facts and add them to their mental image of Mars.
Technology Type: Flash 
Authors: Jasmine Lopez
Kihyun Ryoo
Language: English 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

Average Rating:  [14] Login to rate this resource
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Lesson Plans: Mars Exploration Applet Activity
Mars Exploration Drawing Activity
Mars Exploration Learning Goals and Assessment
Support Material: Mars Exploration Drawings
Courses: Math 3 Calendar, Weight/mass
Math 4 Calendar, Weight/mass
Math 5 Time, Weight/mass
Math 6 Time, Weight/mass
Math 7 Time, Weight/mass

Other Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: gerirose, Feb 12 2006 11:35:50:577AM
Appropriate for: introduction to a concept
Ability to meet my goals: Very Ineffective
Recommended for: Math 4: Operations with numbers
Other Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: gerirose, Aug 24 2004 09:14:01:650AM
Appropriate for: introduction to a concept
Ability to meet my goals: Neutral
Recommended for: Math 3; Math 4; Math 5; Math 6
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: barbpost, Aug 16 2004 12:04:01:977PM
Appropriate for: introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings
Ability to meet my goals: Neutral
Recommended for: Math 1; Math 2; Math 3; Math 4; Math 5; Math 6; Math 7
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  Bethany
Comment:Though the students may enjoy clicking around on the screen, I doubt they would actually learn much from the activity. Too much reading involved. maybe in the context of a well designed lesson they could glean the information from it.
  Craig
Comment:Nice graphics, but the "interactive" component wasn't too good (at least from a math perspective). How about a few conversion questions?
  ihor
Comment:For a small, closed activity it is cute and well done. But is that the goal of the Trails project? Little pieces of CAI? I would expect something a bit more ambitious in getting after conceptual understanding.
  lanius
Comment:Has GREAT potential. I'd like to see it in the context of a lesson. Sound was a bit loud and annoying to my ears. What's the motivation to stay engaged in the tool? What are the learning objectives? Is there a place to find this?
  WandaB
Comment:An interactive way to learn about Mars and how it compares to Earth. Even though it does lack higher level thinking skills, could easily be adapted using Venn diagrams, etc.
  Omartakow
Comment:Really it is good enough to teach a child, but sometimes he has to wait next view with white screen without segnal. Do you think that it is better to add bar signals to show what the prog is doing? Thanks.
  suzanneh45
Comment:Easy to use, interesting facts, fairly simple mathematical comparisons. Appropriate for elementary grades and as a possible launch into middle school earth science studies.
  Mike McMillen
Comment:It was fun, but didnt have much to do with math