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FALL 2010- - SEYS 362

Assignment 3

Assignment 3 – Science Kit Review

Due Date
- 10/21/2010

Possible Points - 20

How to Submit -
  • Use a word processor to type your review.  Make sure to save frequently and to always back up your work in different locations.  Always make sure that your name, the date, the assignment number and course number are at the top of the page on your assignment.  
  • Copy and paste the text of your review into a message on the discussion board in BlackBoard.  This is what will be graded.  
  • After you have posted on the discussion board, submit backup copies in the following ways:
    • Copy and paste the text of your assignment into a Google document and share it with
    • Upload your Word document or equivalent using the Assignments link in BlackBoard.  Please do not submit pdf files.  
  • Keep electronic and paper copies for your records
Instructions for Assignment 3

This assignment is intended to give you valuable experience in evaluating, adapting, and using commercial science kits in the classroom. Form and small group of 2 to 3 students and select a kit to evaluate.  You should sign a kit out at least two weeks before your presentation. You can take a look at the available kits in Powdermaker Hall Room 135C before class on Thursday 2pm to 4pm or on Wednesdays from 3pm to 5pm or by appointment.  

You can view the kits that have already been signed out at this link.

Complete and submit the form below to sign out your kit:

Answer the following questions in your evaluation:

1)  Please provide the following information on your kit:
   a) price, (1)
   b) where it can be purchased, (1)
   c) who produced the kit, (1)
   d) when was it produced, (1)
   e) and the title of the kit. (1)
   f)  science subjects and grade levels where this could be used (2)
2)  What are the goals of the kit?  (1)  What science knowledge and skills will students learn? (1)
3)  What are the strengths of the kit? (2)
4)  What are the weaknesses of the kit? (2)
5)  Would you recommend that science teachers purchase this kit?  (1) Why or why not? (1)
6)  How could the kit be modified to make it more effective? (2)
7)  What are some ways you could use this in your subject area?  Be as specific as possible.  (2)
8)  Any other comments. (1)

Each group should present their review to the class.  During the review, please let the class try out some activities from the kit.  

Scoring Guidelines
(See point values in parenthese above.  20 points maximum)