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Today's Weather part of Activities
Alvin Konigsberg, SUNY-New Paltz Course: Weather and Environment 55-60 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity We discuss the ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

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


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