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Engaging Question part of Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College Course: Dynamic Earth and Global Change 20 students This activity serves a number of functions, including an introduction to the course, a learning prompt that can be revisited ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Rock Description part of Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Course: Historical Geology 15-30 students My historical geology course is focused on how geologists are able to "read the rocks" and thereby interpret ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic

Eruption Prediction part of Activities
Bryan Oakley, Bryant University and University of Rhode Island Course: Physical Geology Lab 25 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Igneous Rock Classification part of Activities
John Brady, Smith College Course: Petrology 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. Although prior knowledge may ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Is It a Dinosaur? part of Activities
Jonathan Geisler, Georgia Southern University Course: Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Disasters 65 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History

Grand Canyon Observations & Hypotheses part of Activities
Pam Nelson, Glendale Community College Course: Introduction to Geology - Historical Geology Maximum of 24 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Virtual Field Trip part of Activities
Walter Barnhardt, University of North Carolina Course: Coastal Sedimentary Environments 16 students The next best thing to a field trip may well be a virtual field trip. You can keep students actively engaged - in ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Rock Sample Observations part of Activities
Sarah Tindall, Kutztown University Course: Physical Geology 25 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Is My House on an Abandoned Waste Site? part of Activities
Mark Noll, SUNY College at Brockport Course: Our Earth 85 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity I present the students with a scenario about buying a house ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Relevance
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

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