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Role-Playing Scenarios

Only a few of the following examples are actually ready-to-run in an undergraduate classroom, but they will provide inspiration and materials for your own role-playing exercises. Many of the scenarios, characters, and assignments need a few added details, which will enable you to tailor them to your course.


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What are the causes and effects of ENSO? part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This NASA Mission Geography module focuses on the evidence for global climate change. In the specific activity on ENSO, students role play policy makers deciding how to allocate Peru's resources to manage for ...

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere

What Should We Do About Global Warming? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This module contains an 8-lesson curriculum to study greenhouse gases and global warming using data and visualizations. The students will summarize the issue in a mock debate or a presentation.

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere

Mock Environmental Summit part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming.

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere, Human Dimensions:Energy

Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This site has a collection of role-playing exercises that provide the students with equations and data to use in collaborative problem-solving.

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Earth's Cycles:Carbon Cycle, Solar System and Astronomy, Atmosphere

Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent crisis of coral bleaching. It suggests that students engage in a role-playing debate about modifying human activity to protect reefs.

Earth System Topics: Climate, Biosphere, Oceans:Biological Oceanography, Atmosphere, Biosphere:Ecology

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

Earth System Topics: Atmosphere, Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy

Yellowstone Fires part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This module enables students to take a problem-based learning approach to wildfires, in particular whether a "let-it-burn" policy makes sense in Yellowstone National Park.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Resources, Land Use, Biosphere:Ecology, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Atmosphere, Human Dimensions:Policy

The Forecast Factory part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This is a highly scripted role-playing exercise in which students act out the elements of the weather-forecasting process, from TV announcers to the continuity equation.

Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere, :Weather

WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming Project part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site also has free modeling and GIS software and lesson and lab plans.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Climate, Atmosphere, Earth's Cycles:Carbon Cycle, Human Dimensions:Policy