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

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

Water-Related Environmental Issues part of Activities
Donna Wolcott, North Carolina State University Course: Environmental Science-Water Issues 12-20 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Environmental Quality, Resources, Population

Where Do You See Geology? part of Activities
Maureen Garrett, Arizona Western College Course: Physical Geology 25 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I take my ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Mapping a Park part of Activities
Kaye Savage, Vanderbilt University Course: Methods in Environmental Geology Up to 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic

Quantifying Hydrologic Observations part of Activities
Alicia Wilson, University of South Carolina Course: Surface and near-surface processes (Geomorphology and Hydrology) 24 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill

Turbulent Flows part of Activities
Evgeni Fedorovich, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma Course: Atmospheric Turbulence 5 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:Introduce Course Topic

Remote Sensing part of Activities
Dallas Rhodes, Georgia Southern University Course: Remote Sensing 30 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is an effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity Because remote ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic

Image Description & Interpretation part of Activities
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary Course: Earth History 18 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill

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

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