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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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Transnational Pollution: Why Are You Dumping on Me? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the different types of transnational pollution, by having them role-play in a hypothetical disaster on the Danube River.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Biosphere, :Ecology, Human Dimensions:Policy, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology

The High Plains: Land of Extremes part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan includes a debate about whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands and a study of the High Plains habitat.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, Hydrology

Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This site offers an overview of role-playing activities and contains a partially-fleshed-out list of questions and situations dealing with water, minerals, and public policy.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Hydrology

Science in the Courtroom: The Woburn Toxic Trial part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this exercise, hydrology students role-play expert witnesses in a mock trial dealing with contamination of groundwater.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, :Ground Water

The Grand Canyon part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This interdisciplinary lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. The students, role-playing as scientists, write a proposal to try experimental flooding.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Environmental Quality, Surface Processes:Rivers and Lakes, Human Dimensions:Resources, Climate, Biosphere:Ecology, Solid Earth, :Earth Materials:Rocks, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Policy