Saturday, January 31, 2015

Virtual Museum Exhibits

Experiencing and creating virtual museum exhibits with kids.  Ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

It’s been museum week around here!  On Thursday, we took a field trip to the Colburn Earth Science museum in Asheville, South Carolina.  The kids completed scavenger hunts and explored rocks, minerals, mining, tectonic plates, fossils and weather.

 Experiencing and creating virtual museum exhibits with kids.  Ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

On Friday, we looked at the virtual museum exhibits of the Smithsonian Natural History museum, which gave us access to the amazing exhibits and information of this museum. 

 Experiencing and creating virtual museum exhibits with kids.  Ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

Finally, the boys took the information they have been gathering through their Country Study Research Projects to create their own virtual museum exhibits about the fossils you can find in their countries.

My fifth grader, who is studying China, created this prezi:

 

 

My second grader, who is studying Russia, created this video using Powtoon:

 

 

Year long country study project that allows students to explore all of the main ideas of science - earth science, life science and physical science and social studies - geography, history, culture, government and economics - all while exploring one self chosen country.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources. In the past when I have studied rocks and minerals with a class, I have had students become experts on a type of rock with my Rock Research Project or a material found on Earth with my Earth’s Materials Online Poster Project.  This is the first time I have focused an entire unit on the geographical history of a specific area.  It was really interesting to see the real life applications that came out in my sons’ explanation write ups including references to climate and the uses of rocks.  The Rocks & Fossils section of our Year Long Country Study Project has beena great unit for bringing together all of the major concepts of Earth Science!

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources