Exemplary Teaching Activities
Beginning in 2011, On the Cutting Edge began a process to review the extensive collection of activities submitted by workshop participants and members of the geoscience community. The Review Processes page illuminates the details of the peer review process, and the activities are scored on 5 elements: scientific veracity; alignment of goals, activity, and assessment; pedagogical effectiveness; robustness; and completeness of the ActivitySheet. The activities that score very highly in these areas become part of the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection and are featured below. To date, activities in the mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, environmental geology, structural geology, geophysics, and tectonics areas have been reviewed so the exemplary collection is composed of activities from these topics. As the review of additional areas is completed, exemplary activities from the rest of the collection will be included here.
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Use of an inquiry approach for exploring relationships between small stream dynamics, channel geometry, and bedform movement part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
This group activity allows students to identify questions in the field on an actual physical system (in this case a small sand and gravel bed stream), then design experiments to answer their own questions. The ...
Virtual Field Trip to the Book Cliffs part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Problem-based learning techniques have been applied to geological datasets collected and published about the Cretaceous Book Cliffs exposures in Utah.
Long-Term Sedimentology Projects Using Local Geological and Environmental Problems part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Project-based exercises engage students in all aspects of the scientific inquiry, reinforce previously learned concepts and information and provide longer periods of time for students to analyze and synthesize ...
Digital Sandstone Tutorial part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
The Tutorial Petrographic Image Atlas is designed to give students more exposure to petrographic features than they can get during organized laboratory periods.
Bedform mapping in a coastal environment part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Students use a learning cycle of prediction-observation- comparison to investigate diverse bedforms exposed at low tide at a beach/inlet/tidal-delta complex and to relate them to formative flows.
Using Computer Spatial Technologies (Geoplus Petra) for Subsurface Geological Analysis part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
The lab project is a culminating activity (following work with conventional core and petrophysical logs) in which the students compile a subsurface "project" using computer spatial technology software, ...
Bedforms to Facies to Prediction: Walther's Law and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis, Blackhawk Formation, Utah part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
This field exercise challenges students to apply their knowledge of bedforms to interpret facies within a vertical section of the Blackhawk Formation, Utah. The students draft a vertical succession of the outcrop ...
Introduction to the properties of clay minerals part of Mineralogy:Activities
These laboratory experiments are designed to show the cation exchange capabilities of clays and how these exchanges affect physical properties.
Mineral Classification - What's in a Name? part of Mineralogy:Activities
Students derive their own scheme for identifying and naming minerals. Examples include different minerals that have the same crystal forms, and mineral species that occur with numerous forms and varieties to ...
Examination of Igneous Silicates part of Mineralogy:Activities
Students study hand samples of light-colored igneous minerals and related mineral species. They look at some of the same minerals, and others, in thin section.