I never would have thought that youtube was a quick and easy way to assess a child’s learning, but this video proved otherwise! An 8th grader I tutor is studying the rock cycle, and this is one of the videos he found which shows the cycle in action. The video is very lo-tech and slow-paced. That is a good thing for deeper learning, as I discovered during our tutoring session. I liked that there is no audio; it invited the student to narrate what he thought was happening. It provided an authentic context for him to use his expressive language and the content area vocabulary. I could see his grasp of the subject matter was stronger in some areas (sedimentary rocks) than in others (metamorphic) based on our informal conversation.
Earth science videos to use in future:
3d Rocks Video from Simple Science (true to its name, this is a good introduction to rocks.)
Quick mineral identification (the longest video on my list, but a good way for kids to prep for the standard mineral id lab at home.)
Every stone has a story (the rock cycle as told by a piece of quartzite with a personality, a New Jersey accent and a large family. Manages to get in a lot of content in a way that flows with the narrative.)
Rock cycle claymation (cute video shows Phil, a piece of sand, being turned into limestone and marble as he goes through the steps of the rock cycle. Very clear.)