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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GeoSleuth Murder Mystery part of Urban Geology:Activities
Matthew Dalessio, California State University-Northridge
A simple way to introduce both the principles of geology and the nature of scientific inquiry in a classroom murder mystery.
Fluvial Landforms on Maps part of Geomorphology:Activities
Karen Gran, University of Minnesota Duluth
This is an in-class exercise designed to A) give students more practice reading topographic maps, B) have students identify fluvial landforms on maps, and C) get students thinking about the processes that formed ...
Geo-Savvy Assessment part of Geomorphology:Activities
Kathleen Nicoll, University of Utah
I use this "landscape interpretation" exercise to assess what students know coming into my classroom - so that I can pitch the lecture at the right level. I also use a similar structured assessment at the ...
Drainage Basins Field Lab part of Geomorphology:Activities
Jeff Marshall, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
This field activity and follow-up assignment explores the geomorphology of drainage basins in an active tectonic setting. It introduces basic concepts of drainage basin structure and landscape analysis using ...
Human geomorphology and an introduction to GIS part of Geomorphology:Activities
Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College
In this lab activity, students use a few basic GIS manuevers to quantify the hydrologic impact of building the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. The main strength of the activity is that students learn how to take ...
Measuring bankfull channel features, bed sediment, and bed load part of Geomorphology:Activities
Jordan Clayton, Georgia State University
The students gain field experience measuring bankfull channel characteristics in an urban park, and apply their measurements to determine whether the channel is 'adjusted' to its incoming flow regime and ...
Nearest-neighbor analysis and the distribution of sinkholes: an introduction to spatial statistics part of Geomorphology:Activities
Rick Ford, Weber State University
This is an exercise I use in an upper-division geomorphology course to introduce students to nearest-neighbor analysis, a basic technic in spatial statistics. This technique provides an objective method for ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...