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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

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

Career Goals part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Mineralogy 25-35 students This survey of students' professional goals connects course topics to students' lives while also serving as an icebreaker. The ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Student Interests, Motivate Students:Career Information, Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance

Icebreaker: Coat of Arms part of Activities
Martin Balinsky, Florida A&M University Course: Earth and Space Science for pre-service and inservice teachers 26 students An icebreaker is an activity that helps students (and instructor) to get to know each ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Solar System and Astronomy

Attitude Toward Science, Scientists part of Activities
Prajukti Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Course: Introduction to Earth Science 25-32 students Students' negative attitudes toward science can be a surprisingly powerful barrier to learning. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Classroom Climate
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Earthball Volleyball part of Activities
John Knox, University of Georgia Course: Introduction to Weather and Climate 90 to 250 students This icebreaker activity mixes learning with fun. The Activity I cover the contents of the introductory chapter of the ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

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