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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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Developing Student Ability to Ask Scientific Questions part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
This activity is a two-part (three week) lab in which students initially develop a claim (non-scientific) and learn how to use evidence to support a claim. They then are provided with a scientific research question ...

Determining slope movement and water contamination of quicklime deposits along Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park, Wisconsin part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Beth Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
For nearly 100 years, the site that is now High Cliff State Park near Sherwood, WI was the site of a quicklime kiln. Local Silurian dolomite from the Niagara Escarpment was quarried and baked in large kilns before ...

Introduction to Science - Penny Histograms part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Kathryn; Kathryn Hoppe, Green River Community College
Overview: This exercise serves as an introduction to histograms. Students are given a short introduction to histograms in lecture and reading. They are then broken up into different groups of 3-5 students. Students ...

Seafloor Ages Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Students work on this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on seafloor ages in pairs during lecture. It directly confronts misconceptions students have about the age of the seafloor, and it guides students to more complex ...

Reflection on the process of science & geoscience part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Metacognition:Activities
Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
This is an activity for early in the semester that asks student to reflect on their understanding of the process of science, participate in an activity about the process of science, and then re-reflect on their ...

How to be a field geologist: an in-class exercise to introduce students to basic outcrop analysis part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
Becca Walker, Mt San Antonio College
This in-class exercise is designed to give students practice analyzing outcrops before they go on a field trip. First, students watch a short video tutorial on analyzing an outcrop. Then, they are given a color ...

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.

Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Suki Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
The hot springs (52°C) in Thermopolis, WY contain abundant microbial mats, including mineral-rich filamentous bacteria. While cooler than nearby Yellowstone, Thermopolis contains a number or rare or unique ...

Water Sampling Activity part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Marianne Caldwell, Hillsborough Community College
Undergraduate students sample surface water in on-campus ponds using scientific techniques and analyze results.

Writing a hypothesis and designing an dxperiment for a high altitude balloon flight part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
This is a small part of a much larger project in which students complete an high altitude balloon flight (HAB). In this part they complete a series of steps that encourage collaboration, communication, cooperation, ...

Geoscience education research project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results. The research question begins "What ...

Current Events Presentation Activity for Introductory Geoscience Classes part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges: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 Geoscience in Two-year Colleges: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 Geoscience in Two-year Colleges: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 Geoscience in Two-year Colleges: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 Geoscience in Two-year Colleges: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.



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