Geoscience Teaching Activities for Urban Settings
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Understanding wetlands part of Activities
Students collect soil samples from in and around wetlands, make visual observation, divide soil cores into sections (depending on the soil type), dry, sieve, and analyze samples. Have students identify ...
Annotated Bibliography part of Activities
A bibliography is a list of materials (books, periodical articles, etc.) on a subject. An annotation is a brief description of the material, providing enough information to let the reader know what a source covers ...
Plume Delineation Exercise part of Activities
Students are given a data set and base map for a potentially contaminated aquifer and are asked to create a plume delineation map and determine if there is a contaminant source, where it is and who is being most ...
Urban Environmental Excursions: Field trips to connect urban geology students with the world around them part of Activities
Environmentally-themed field trips in urban areas can stimulate student interest in geology and environmental science while providing curricular links to topics such as global warming, energy resources, water ...
Finding connections between current events and earth sciences part of Activities
Class creates a list of all current events, including topics from their countries of origin. The next task is to find the connections between the events and categorize events based on the connections. Finally, as a ...
GeoSleuth Murder Mystery part of Activities
A simple way to introduce both the principles of geology and the nature of scientific inquiry in a classroom murder mystery.
Richmond's Urban Heat Island part of Activities
Students will be asked questions regarding the causes and impacts of the UHI. They will also be asked to apply this knowledge to two real-world settings and analyze data collected at both locations.
Sandbox modeling part of Activities
Students deform layers of colored sand to simulate features they observe in city. They construct topo maps and cross-sections based on the results of the sandbox experiment. The model is then the basis for ...
Greenproofing part of Activities
American Museum of Natural History - Field Trip Assignment part of Activities
Self-guided field trip assignment to AMNH (largely based on the museum's teacher's guide for high school students)