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Help a geochronologist
Peter Berquist, Thomas Nelson Community College
This activity allows students to better understand radiometric dating and absolute dating techniques by calculating radiometric ages of zircon crystals. Their calculated ages then serve as tools to practice creating graphs, interpret analytic data, and reconstruct geologic events.

Calibrating Radiocarbon Ages
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record workshop, held in August 2010.Contributed by Eric Grimm, Jared Beeton, and Mark Skidmore. Topic: Calibrating radiocarbon ...

What do Squirrels know about Climate Change?
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record workshop, held in August 2010.Contributed by: Beth Norman, Allan Ashworth, and Russell W. Graham Topic: Squirrels - Nuts ...

Calibrating the Younger Dryas
Contributed by: Thom Davis, Greg Wiles, Roger Brown, David Bary This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record workshop, held in August 2010.Key words: Radiocarbon ...

Mammoths and Mastodons
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record workshop, held in August 2010.Contributed by Susan Conrad, Alison Smith, and Stephanie Peek Topic: Mammal biogeography and ...

Climate, Ecoregions, and the Mammals Who Live in Them
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change from the Geological Record workshop, held in August 2010.Contributed by Jonathan Hoffman, Beth Johnson, and Mark Merrit Topic: Studying mammal ...

Rates of Change and Deep Time in the Middle Grades Classroom
Fred Siewers, Western Kentucky University
The nature and scientific measurement of geological and cosmological time are among the most misunderstood and difficult to teach concepts in all of K-12 science education. To address this issue, a multi-disciplinary team of geologists, astronomers and education professionals at Western Kentucky University developed a series of professional development workshops for pre- and in-service middle grades teachers. The participants clearly advanced their content understanding of geological and cosmological time and the implementation plans received clearly show a desire to apply many of the activities learned in the workshop.

How Can Models Be Used To Study Climate Change?
Ben Fackler-Adams, Skagit Valley College
Students utilize ice core data to develop a simple climate model, test it and then analyze, through reading IPCC materials, what other variables might need to be included in a model that more accurately predicts climate response to forcings. They are then asked to reflect on the use of models in scientific inquiry and on climate skeptics view of climate models.

Half Life Model
David N. Steer (steer@uakron.edu)and Kyle Gray (krg10@uakron.edu), University of Akron This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. GEO-0506518.
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the nature of half life. Students use the model to simulate the decay of radionuclides. The ...

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Fun with foam, demonstrating strike and dip in class
Angela Moore, Guilford College
Colorful foam sheets are used in a classroom or lab setting to introduce students to the concept of strike and dip. It is interactive, and the instructor or TA's can quickly see which students are ...

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