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Mineral Properties part of Activities
Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College Course: Mineralogy 8 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity Students, in ...

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

Isostatic Topography Calculation part of Activities
Colin Shaw, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Course: Structural Geology 12-18 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity I do an ...

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

Interview a Faculty Member in Your Major part of Activities
John Hogan, University of Missouri-Rolla Course: Structural Geology 60 to 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I have ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Career Information

Sand & Rock Sample Observations part of Activities
Katherine Lee, College of the Redwoods Course: Introductory 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 ...

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

Plate Tectonics Q&A part of Activities
Charlotte (Char) Mehrtens, University of Vermont Course: Earth, Environments and Life Through Time 15 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

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

Hydrogeology Jeopardy part of Activities
Eric Peterson, Illinois State Univerisity Course: Introduction to Ground Water Modeling 6 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey

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

Geoscience Gallery Walk part of Activities
Cari Johnson, University of Utah Course: Architecture of the Earth 30-40 students This activity combines an assessment of prior knowledge with a survey of student interests. The Activity I have my students do a ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests

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:Introduce Course Topic, Practice Science Skill


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