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ConcepTest: World Oceans #4 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. Which of the locations best represents an active continental margin? a. D b. A c. F d. E

Continental and oceanic heat flow part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Activity Ideas
Andrew Goodwillie, Kim Kastens, Linda Sohl, Jaime Toro, Amy Cline, Shelley Olds, Rob Graziono, Sarah Titus, Erin Heffron, Chuck Anderson, Jim Washburn, Steve Reynolds, Ron Schott, and Charlie Onasch Topic: ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Dan E. Olson/Tina Johnson Edgewood College / UW-Madison
Dan E. Olson/Tina Johnson Edgewood College / UW-Madison - Semester long research projects as a partial substitute for traditional laboratory exercises have been implemented in two, two-semester long Introductory ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Bob Ridky, US Geological Survey
Robert Ridky U.S. Geological Survey - This is one activity in a series of web-based modules that encourages introductory college students to use the abundant real-time and archived geoscience data available ...

How Slab Dip Affects the Location of Volcanoes part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Erin Beutel, College of Charleston
Students will plot the locations of earthquakes on the top of subducting slabs to determine slab dip and will then develop hypotheses regarding the relationship between slab dip, the depth of the slab, and volcanic activity on the surface.

VEPP: Volcano Monitoring and Interpretation of Real-Time Data: A Project for Non-Science Majors part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Michael Johnson, Monroe Community College
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. An ongoing project for small class size comprised of non-science ...

VEPP: Using volcano deformation data for lava flow hazard assessment and decision making, Part I: what do the instruments measure? part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
PRAJUKTI Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and ...

Looking into Earth with GIS (College Level) part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with GIS:Examples
Brian Welch
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students work with a free GIS program, ArcVoyager SE, to explore earthquake data and plate tectonics. -

Exploring Seafloor Topography part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Sea Floor
Sandra Swenson
DATA: Digital Elevation Model Data. TOOL: GeoMapApp. SUMMARY: Explore a timeline about how we have learned about the oceans. Construct a profile across the Atlantic Ocean and create 3-D visualizations of the seafloor.

Profiling Earth's Surface using GeoMapApp part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College
In this exercise, students relate large-scale features on Earth's surface to lithospheric plates, the underlying asthenosphere, earthquakes, and volcanoes. After creating a cross section showing elevation using GeoMapApp, students add additional features by hand.

Density, Buoyancy and Convection part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, California State University-Chico
This 3-hour hands-on guided-discovery lab activity teaches students the concepts of density, buoyancy, thermal expansion and convection.

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Marine Environmental Geology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
Course taught by Prof. Ed Laine, Bowdoin College (edlaine@bowdoin.edu) and Cathryn Field, Lab Instructor (cfield@bowdoin.edu). Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center (ssavanic@carleton.edu).
This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.

Interpreting the History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
Course instructor: Dr. Steve Moore, California State University, Monterey Bay Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center.
This is a 2-unit Service Learning option associated with the "Special Topics: The History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay" course. Students will learn about Monterey Bay in the special topics course and will share their knowledge with K-12 grade children at local schools by participating in the Virtual Canyon Project.

Investigating Earthquakes with ArcVoyager GIS part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Investigating Earthquakes
Carla McAuliffe; David Smith, GLOBE; Joseph Kerski
DATA: Recent and Historical Earthquake Data TOOL: ArcVoyager Special Edition GIS - Explore earthquake data and import them into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Analyze the data to predict where the next big earthquake will occur.

Being P-Waves and S-Waves part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
Michelle Hall-Wallace (Science Education Solutions, Inc.) and Randall Richardson (University of Arizona, Tucson)
Teach students about P-waves and S-waves by having them model them with their own bodies. -

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Looking into Earth with GIS part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Seismic Wave Velocity
Carla McAuliffe; David Smith, GLOBE; Marianne Weingroff, NCAR/UCAR
DATA: Seismic Wave Model Output. TOOLS: My World GIS, Microsoft Excel. SUMMARY: Examine seismic wave data in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Analyze wave velocities to infer the depth of the crust-mantle boundary.

Question of the Day: Writing an Abstract part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Question of the Day
The purpose of this activity is to help you identify key components of a science paper, and clarify the purpose and content of an abstract. A good abstract is just a brief description of the contents of a paper. ...

Density of the Earth - How to Solve It part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
This module addresses the real problem of determining the density of the Earth and invites the student to figure out how to solve the problem.

The Floating Lithosphere - Isostasy part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
Students are asked to numerically and then analytically determine the relations governing the depth of compensation.

Three-Point Problem by Simultaneous Linear Equations part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
William Frangos, James Madison University
Students are introduced to the use of linear algebra in an intuitive and accessible way, through classroom activity and homework set. The familiar three-point problem is cast in terms of three dimensional analytic geometry, fostering understanding of mathematical models for simple geometric forms.