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Weekly Reflections part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
This is a weekly short writing assignment that forces students to summarize materials presented in class, to reflect on their own performance and understanding of the material, and to relate it to their individual ...

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Learning Assessment #1 - Plate Tectonics part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
An in-class activity that tests students' understanding of the basic concepts of plate tectonics.

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Learning Assessment #5 - Geologic Time (2011) part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
An in-class activity that tests students' understanding of the principles of relative age, absolute age and numerical age bracketing.

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Where is that chunk of crust going? part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
I introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO. We use ...

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Relative Dating on Earth and Mars part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Students apply principles of relative dating to a cross-section, then to the surface of Mars.

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Relative Age-dating -- Discovery of Important Stratigraphic Principles part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Students don't have to be passively taught the important principles geologists use to do relative age-dating of rocks and geologic events. By careful analysis and critical thinking about photos and ...

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Volcanoes Writing Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Students write an original work of fiction pertaining to the geology of stratovolcanoes and their eruptive hazards.

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Who Polluted Surface and Groundwater in This Place? part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Students use water-well data and geology to determine which site caused groundwater and surface-water contamination.

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Florida River Project: Sedimentary and metamorphic rocks lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
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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Analyzing your Hometown Stream using On-line USGS NWIS Data part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Students analyze discharge records of streams or rivers of interest to them using on-line USGS NWIS data.

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Hot Topics in Global Warming part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
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 Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
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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Computerized Field Trip Preview of the Berkshire Mountains part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
This is a computer (Windows, Macintosh) based exercise designed to take about two hours. Students use a 5 page short-answer study sheet with the Berkshire Field Trip Map, Guidebook and associated images of the ...

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Heat Transport in the Climate System part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
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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Ozone Pollution part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
This lab exercise is designed to provide a basic understanding of a real-world scientific investigation. Students are introduced to the concept of tropospheric ozone as an air pollutant due to human activities. ...

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Spring Break-Weathering Homework part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
This short assignment gets students thinking about and looking for geology while on spring break. Students are asked to photograph a feature of weathering and they must be in the picture. Students must then do a ...

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Hometown Geology part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
This is an extra credit assignment for students to learn details about the geology of their hometown.

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Rock cycle in chocolate lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
This lab activity simulates the rock cycle with a piece of chocolate instead of actual rock. Students melt, crystallize, erode, lithify and metamorphose a single small block of chocolate. Along the way students ...

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Paleotempestology Lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Paleotempestology Lab: this lab activity is designed to help students gain experience in relative and absolute dating techniques as well as a sense of how scientific investigations proceed.

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A LONG, LONG time ago: geologic timescales part of Cutting Edge:Courses::Activities
Students compare their pre-conceived impressions of events on the geologic time with the actual positions of these events on a 45.5' geologic timescale.

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