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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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Emergent Models in Google Earth part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University
This is one sample of a set of emergent models we are developing for use with Google Earth. Students use the Google Earth time-slider to lift 3D models of the subsurface into view. They can substitute their own ...

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Florida River Project: Sedimentary and metamorphic rocks lab part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College
This fairly traditional rocks-in-boxes lab has been incorporated into a semester-long project. At the end of the lab, students apply their rock-identification skills to rocks from their study area.

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A tour of the Mariana Subduction System part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
This lesson presents a brief tour of the Mariana subduction system, an active continental margin in the west Pacific.

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Fossil/modern mole phylogeny part of Paleontology:Activities
Samantha Hopkins
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 ...

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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.

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Calculation of your personal carbon footprint part of Energy:Energy Activities
Scott Giorgis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This worksheet walks the students through the steps for calculating their personal carbon footprint. Additionally it helps them consider options for reducing their carbon footprint and the potential costs of those ...

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Cladogram Construction and Vertebrate Phylogeny part of Paleontology:Activities
Sarah Fowell, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Students are given pictures of a variety of extant vertebrates. They work in groups to determine which animals are most closely related. Following a series of clicker questions and a discussion of the ...

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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 ...

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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.

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Paleoecology Lab part of Paleontology:Activities
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity gives students practice in identifying fossils in the context of assemblages and allows them to make paleoecological interpretations.

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