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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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Hot Topics in Global Warming part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University
Students locate and write about current climate change research using the 2007 IPCC report. This information literacy project is designed to help students learn how to find, read, and explain peer-reviewed ...

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Lost At Sea part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Camille Holmgren, SUNY College at Buffalo
Students work as teams to "sail" around the North Atlantic using their knowledge of latitude, longitude, time, winds, and ocean currents to complete the voyage.

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Take A Hike Assignment part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Anne Jefferson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Students are assigned to take a hike in a location of their choice and write a concise summary of their observations of Earth Science features and processes. This assignment is used near the end of an Earth Systems ...

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Volcanic Ejecta from Sunset Crater part of Keyah Math:Activities
Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Students are provided with equations and geological data to estimate the velocities and impact effects of volcanic bombs that were ejected during the last eruption of Sunset Crater, a young cinder cone volcano in ...

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Volcanoes Writing Assignment part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Julie Baldwin, University of Montana-Missoula, The
Students write an original work of fiction pertaining to the geology of stratovolcanoes and their eruptive hazards.

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Analyzing your Hometown Stream using On-line USGS NWIS Data part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Laurel Goodell, Princeton University
Students analyze discharge records of streams or rivers of interest to them using on-line USGS NWIS data.

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Heat Transport in the Climate System part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Christopher Kopf, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
This is an introductory activity designed for small groups in a single 50 minute class period. The exercise stresses interpretation of data from a simple graph, and helps students to integrate information on heat ...

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Learning Assessment #5 - Geologic Time (2011) part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Leslie Reid, University of Calgary; Michelle Speta, University of Alberta
An in-class activity that tests students' understanding of the principles of relative age, absolute age and numerical age bracketing.

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Contour Mapping With Playdough part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Lynne Elkins, Bryn Mawr College
In this lab exercise, introductory geology/geography students create topographic maps for a playdough landscape of their own design. This lab was designed to teach students to learn how to work with topographic ...

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Ocean Acidification part of Oceanography:Activities
Jennifer Bown, Clackamas Community College
Students choose shell fragments from different species of Molluscs and calculate percent lose after soaking in different ph solutions for different periods of time. They research ocean acidification and especially ...

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