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Activity descriptions for teaching geoscientific thinking

These activity descriptions were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop in June 2012. In some cases, participants submitted a supplement calling out the ways in which the activities explicitly addressed teaching geoscientific thinking for a course they had previously submitted.

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Collaborative Research Project: Geoscience Undergraduate Curricula
Barbara Bekken, Virginia Tech
Collaborative research project in which undergraduate geoscience curricula at Research 1 institutions are compared. This project uses the methods of science to explore a topic that beginning students can understand. This project uses rubrics for self, peer, and instructor assessment.

Lahar Risk Assessment
Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University
Students act as first responders assessing Lahar risks associated with eruptions. Teacher sets an alert placemark on the Google Earth web browser plug-in and gives students X minutes to decide whether to evacuate a down-slope town. Students collaborate by text messages.

Exploring the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Using GCM Results
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
Cindy Shellito, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado.This page is a supplement to the original activity description found hereShort description of the activity:This activity requires ...

Demonstrating P and S Waves with a Slinky
Pier Bartow, Klamath Community College
Pier Bartow, Klamath Community College.This page is a supplement to the original activity description found hereShort description of the activity:P and S seismic waves can be demonstrated with a slinky. P waves ...

Florida River Project: Semester-long group project
Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College
Kim Hannula, Department of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College.This page is a supplement to the original activity description found hereShort description of the activity:This group research project serves as the focus ...

Making the "black box" model more transparent
Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College
Kaatje Kraft, Department of Physical Science, Mesa Community College.Original authors: Kaatje Kraft, Annia Fayon, Merry Wilson, Erin Peters, Nicole LaDue, Christy Briles, Jim McDougall, and Ron NarodeThis page is ...

Exploring Evidence of Plate Tectonics Using GeoMapApp
Sean Cornell, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
This activity requires students to explore a range of datasets that help substantiate Plate Tectonic Theory. Students investigate plate tectonic environments (convergent, divergent, transform boundaries), topography/bathymetry of continents and ocean basins, the distribution and pattern of earthquakes, the distribution of volcanoes, as well as ages of the sea-floor, and more.

The Use of Cube Puzzle and Toilet Paper Roll Model in Teaching The Nature of Science
Joel Aquino, Gainesville State College
This is a hands-on activity in scientific method that uses inexpensive materials such as carton boxes, toilet paper roll tube, strings and toothpicks. It engages the students to conduct pattern observation, prediction, testing and ends up with a model construction. It also encourages thinking outside the box, group discussion and creation of individual cube puzzles.

My Geologic Address: Locating Oneself in Geologic Time and Process
Kip Ault, Lewis and Clark College
Students locate their homes on local, regional, and global scale geologic maps. They build up an "address" describing their location in geological terms based on the features of the maps, from local bedrock to regional and global tectonic features.

Guided Discovery and Scoring Rubric for Petrographic Analysis of a Thin Section
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Dave Mogk, Montana State University.This page is a supplement to the original activity description found hereShort description of the activity:A guided discovery approach is used to "unpack" the methods ...

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