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Understanding Polyhedral Diagrams
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students identify individual polyhedra in a variety of diagrams and answer questions about shared oxygens in diagrams of common silicate structures.

Understanding Crystal Symmetry via Gestures
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students use a small mirror to explore the meaning of mirror symmetry, and then use their hands to gesture mirror planes for a group of familiar objects. They also explore the rotational symmetry of a group of familiar objects, and then use their hands to gesture the rotational axes and rotation. Finally, they use gestures to show mirror and rotational symmetry of wooden crystal models.

Understanding Mineral Cleavage via Gestures
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students use gesture to convey information about mineral cleavage and the relationship between crystal structures and cleavage planes.

Deciphering Mineral Structure Diagrams
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students compare mineral structures shown in ball-and-stick, space filling, and polyhedral diagrams.

Introduction to 3D Sketching
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
This activity provides an introduction to 3D sketching. Students sketch a cube, boxes, and cylinders. They watch a video about how to sketch boxes and cylinders, and then sketch a few more.

Sketching Block Diagrams
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students watch a video of the instructor sketching two geologic block diagrams (of flat stratigraphy and of an upright anticline), then practice sketching additional geologic block diagrams.

Slicing Cylinders
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students identify and draw slices through cylinders and partial cylinders, and use gestures to visualize slicing planes. This practice with visualizing slices through idealized geometric shapes is preparation for visualizing slices through geological features.

Slicing Channels
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students examine 3D channel-shaped objects and 2D slices through those objects. The purpose is to get them thinking about how the 3D geometry of a channel is reduced to a random 2D slice through the channel in a typical outcrop, so that they can recognize channel deposits.

Slicing Fruit
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students identify and draw slices through fruit, as practice for drawing slices through more complex features.

Slicing Rocks
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students examine images of a bowl of rocks, then several rock piles, then outcrops of conglomerate and breccia. They sketch slices through the bowl of rocks, match photos of rock piles to sketches of slices through those piles, and then apply what they've learned to describe the conglomerate and breccia.

Visualizations
This is a collection of visualizations of spatial phenomena or data, including a few visualization-based teaching activities. Search the collection to find visualizations you can use in your classes. To find a ...

Print and Online References
This is a collection of print and online references about spatial thinking and learning. To find a reference that meets your needs, try Typing keywords into the search box below Refining your search by clicking on ...

Teaching Activities
These teaching activities have a strong spatial thinking component. Search the collection to find activities suitable for your classes. To find a teaching activity that meets your needs, try Typing keywords into ...

Conveners
Mary Hegarty, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College Eric Riggs, Geosciences, Texas A&M University Tim Shipley, Psychology, Temple ...

Teaching Activities
The activities in this collection are designed to help undergraduate geoscience students develop their spatial visualization skills, and particularly their penetrative thinking skills: the ability to visualize ...

Spatial Thinking in Geosciences
Spatial thinking is thinking that finds meaning in the shape, size, orientation, location, direction or trajectory, of objects, processes or phenomena, or the relative positions in space of multiple objects, ...

Spatial Thinking Resources
A collection of resources related to understanding spatial thinking in the geosciences. HelpNo matchesNew Search From the main search screen you can browse through the collection using the terms on the right of the ...

Spatial Thinking Journal Club Findings
This summary was compiled by Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center. From January to May, 2012, the Spatial Thinking Journal Club met once a month to explore the cognitive aspects of spatial thinking and ...

Research Recommendations from the Spatial Thinking Journal Club
This summary was compiled by Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center. From January to May, 2012, the Spatial Thinking Journal Club met once a month to explore the cognitive aspects of spatial thinking and ...

Journal Club Overview
Complex folds in Anti-Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Image from Google Earth. This journal club provided an opportunity to dive into the literature on spatial thinking, particularly in the context of the geosciences, ...



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