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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Fossil/modern mole phylogeny part of Paleontology:Activities
Students code characters from fossil taxa to add to an existing morphological phylogenetic analysis of moles. This activity is original research; the fossil taxa have never before been included in a phylogenetic ...
Paleoecological exercise: Testing competition among Paleozoic brachiopods part of Paleontology:Activities
David Kendrick, Hobart William Smith Colleges
This lab activity tests the hypothesis that competition has resulted in niche partitioning among four species of brachiopods.
Creature Features - Showcase of Living Fossils part of Paleontology:Activities
David Sunderlin, Lafayette College
This activity connects the fossil record to biodiversity in the Recent by having students present on a "living fossil" group. The exercise is useful in demonstrating evolutionary stasis, reminding ...
When Pond Scum Ruled the Earth - The Proterozoic Fossil Record part of Paleontology:Activities
Julie Bartley, Gustavus Adolphus College;
In this specimen-based activity, students examine microfossils and stromatolites and build an understanding of the Proterozoic paleontological record.
Historical Earthquakes and Uplift/Subsidence of Sumatra from Coral Growth Rings -- Advanced Version part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Elisabeth Nadin, University of Alaska Fairbanks
In this lab, students will use data from real corals collected in Sumatra to track the sea-level and earthquake record of the region over the past century.
Energy Gallery Walk part of Energy:Energy Activities
Katharine Ellis, Front Range Community College
This is a cooperative learning activity using the Gallery Walk Strategy (strategy from the Starting Point Gallery Walk web pages) to enrich student understanding of the complex nature of solving our nation's ...
Oil Demand and Consumption part of Process of Science:Examples
Steve Iona, University of Denver
Data modeling activity using oil reserve and consumption data. Students predict when oil reserves meet or exceed reserves.
Taxonomy & Phylogeny: Building and Comparing a Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Bivalve Mollusks part of Paleontology:Activities
Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University
This is a two-part exercise that introduces the principles and methods behind taxonomy and phylogenetics. In part I, students, by describing the morphology of various species of modern and fossil bivalve mollusks, ...
Paleoecology: An Evolutionary Arms Race part of Paleontology:Activities
Rowan Lockwood, College of William and Mary
In this activity, students divide into groups of 4-5, fine-tune a hypothesis relating to escalation, collect data to test this hypothesis using mollusks from local Yorktown deposits (Pliocene), analyze these data, ...
Groundwater Lab part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College
This lab uses "ant farm" groundwater models to demonstrate groundwater flow and the behavior of wells. The lab is organized so that students have to predict the behavior of the model before observing it.