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Discussing Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are invited to hour-long discussions of controversial geologic topics on Sunday afternoons. Those who attend (about half the class) submit page-long essays through Vista for comments and assessment. A ...

Delicious Differential Weathering part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In this activity students are exposed to the concept of both physical and chemical weathering while eating a Baby Ruth candy bar. This is compared to the weathering of a piece of granite. The strength of this ...

Metamorphic Rocks Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
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 ...

Homework assignments for Intro Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
These homework assignments consist of vocabulary and questions used as the basis for classroom discussion, guided reading, and as the basis for exams. Testing on these assignments rewards students for work already ...

WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming Project part of Role Playing:Examples
In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site also has free modeling and GIS software and lesson and lab plans. -

Gallery Walk Questions on the Hydrosphere and Cryosphere part of Gallery Walks:Examples
created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about the hydrosphere and cryosphere. The questions are organized according ...

Tapestry of Time: the Evolution of the North American Continent part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In this lecture activity, groups of students use the Tapestry of Time map printed by the USGS to create cross sections that illustrate the growth of the North American continent.

Plate Tectonics Jigsaw part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students participate in a jigsaw activity to learn about types of plate boundaries, becoming an expert in one of five global datasets - earthquakes, volcanoes, seafloor age, topography, and gravity - and then ...

Virtual Rock Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use a website to identify rocks based on their properties.

Rock Types Lab part of Indoor Labs:Examples
This lab helps students link concepts about how rocks form with observations about how rocks look. It is designed to help them learn rock classification in a more connected manner than is usual. -