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These teaching activities have been submitted by faculty members at two-year colleges across the country. If you would like to add an activity to the collection, check out the Activity Submission Form. To see a larger collection of geoscience activities from all types of institutions, check out the Teach the Earth Activity Collection.


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Wind River Eco-Challenge: A Virtual Excursion Exercise for Introducing Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Suki Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
This classroom activity simulates an eco-challenge course in the Wind River Mountains, which are close to our campus. Our goal is that students approach their recreational adventures more prepared than they would ...

Navigation Unit part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Suki Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
This is a hands-on activity designed to teach basic land navigation skills using compass, GPS units and topographic maps. This unit relies heavily on math skills.

Metamorphic Rocks Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Ann Hadley, Manchester Community College
Students describe rock characteristics and determine if a rock sample is metamorphic. If it is, they determine the parent rock. If not, they describe what it would change into as a metamorphic rock. The whole class ...

Ordeal by Check: An introductory activity about the Nature of Science part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College;
This is an introductory activity about the Nature of Science (NOS) that can be used on the first day of a laboratory class. It is designed to show students how scientific knowledge develops and is general enough to use in any science course.

Earthquake Magnitude - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
An activity that helps students link earthquake magnitude and intensity.

Current Events Presentation Activity for Introductory Geoscience Classes part of Activities
Eleanor Camann, Red Rocks Community College
For this two-part assignment, students first locate two substantial current events articles on geology-related topics from mainstream newspaper or magazine. The instructor assesses the articles, making sure that basic criteria have been met, and assigns one article for the student to share with the class in an informal 3-5 minute presentation.

Marine Noise Pollution Silent Socratic Dialogue part of Activities
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
In this Oceanography activity, students learn about the history of marine noise pollution and its effects on marine life, particularly cetaceans. The activity concludes with a paired debate using the Silent Socratic Dialogue method.

Well Core Analysis: Capstone Activity for Historical Geology part of Activities
Robert Blodgett, Austin Community College
A final group project in introductory historical geology involving description and analysis of a well core and associated geophysical log. Students apply course knowledge of sedimentary geology and paleontology to interpret the depositional environment. Results of their research are summarized in a group presentation and written report.

How Fast Are You Moving? part of Activities
Paul Cutlip, St. Petersburg College
An exercise on rotational velocity that helps develop critical thinking and data analysis and presentation skills.

Help a geochronologist part of Activities
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.

Observational Skills in a Simple Crystal Growing Experiment part of Activities
Richard Gottfried, Frederick Community College
Students grow crystals and identify the crystal system by observing their basic geometric form. Students all research crytallization processes.

Mineral Properties -- Learning through Experience part of Activities
Katryn Wiese, City College of San Francisco
Students are each given a mineral and asked to locate all other students in the room with the same mineral (knowing there are a total of 5 different minerals). Once groups form, they need to decide what characteristics are similar for all their samples and ultimately report out to the whole class on their observations.

Science in My Backyard part of Activities
Allison Beauregard, Northwest Florida State College
In this lab report writing assignment, students will use the scientific method to solve a real life problem from their own lives. Students use the scientific method to record observations, develop a hypothesis, and set up their experimental design, which they then actually carry out. This approach allows students to practice using the process of science without the intimidation of scientific terms and concepts.

TOTLE in the Field: part of Activities
Frank D. Granshaw Earth Science Instructor Portland Community College Portland, Oregon
"TOTLE in the Field" is a set of virtual field environments built to enhance and extend the field component of the TOTLE (Teachers on the Leading Edge) summer workshops.

Geologic Time Resorts part of Activities
JoAnn Thissen, Nassau Community College
In this Geologic Time Resorts activity students do in-depth research on a given geologic time period of the Phanerozoic Eon and create brochures "selling" their time period as a resort destination.

Beach Profiling, Observing and Documenting a Changing Environment, Point Lookout, NY part of Activities
JoAnn Thissen, Nassau Community College
Using quantitative field methods to study shoreline erosion of a barrier beach. Students profile a beach and mechanically process sediment to document the changes along a shoreline.

Digging for Fossils part of Activities
JoAnn Thissen, Nassau Community College
"Digging for Fossils": A student laboratory activity

Activity Suite: How Does The Greenhouse Effect Influence Global Temperature? part of CLEAN:Community:Teaching Materials
Dave Dempsey, San Francisco State University; Sara Harris, University of British Columbia; Erik Christensen, South Florida Community College; Stephen Taylor, Kauai Community College
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. These materials were submitted by faculty as part of the CLEAN Climate Workshop, held in June, 2011 and are not ...

Geologic Time Discussion Analogies part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
Noah Fay, Pima Community College
This is 4 ppt slides used to facilitate discussion w/students about the immensity of geologic time. I ask them a series of leading questions and try to get them to do "mental math" in order to grasp the ...

Evaluating the lines of evidence for plate tectonics part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Becca Walker, Mt San Antonio College
In this in-class exercise, students compare several lines of evidence that support the ideas of continental drift and plate tectonics. Before the class meeting, each student is given a preparation assignment in which he/she studies one "continental drift" and one "ocean floor data" map. In class, students divide into teams of 3, with each team member having prepared different specialties. They discuss their respective maps and look for spatial patterns among the data.