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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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The Sleeping Mountain part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this role-playing scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future.

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Earth System Topics: Geography, Solid Earth, :Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Being P-Waves and S-Waves part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
Teach students about P-waves and S-waves by having them model them with their own bodies.

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Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

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

Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this series of inquiry-based exercises about volcanoes and plate tectonics, students will collect, plot, and interpret data and finish with a role-playing activity and a virtual field trip.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Plate Tectonics, Earth Materials:Rocks, Solid Earth:Igneous Processes

An Activity to Introduce the Geoscience Perspective part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This role-playing exercise introduces students to geology by having them examine rocks from the perspective of a child, a sculptor, a geologist or someone from another walk of life.

Earth System Topics: Geography, Solid Earth:Earth Materials

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

The Living Edens: Virtual Yellowstone Tour part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
Students take the role of park rangers during this lesson and make use of a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, particularly its spectacular geologic features.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

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

Eruption! part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
Eruption! is a volcanic crisis simulation model in which students role-play villagers, the governor, volcanologists, and the press, working to preserve their lives and homes from an active volcano.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Policy