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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

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

Changing With the Tide part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.

Earth System Topics: Oceans:Biological Oceanography, Biosphere, Ecology, Oceans:Marine Chemistry

Too many deer? A public hearing part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
Students reenact a public hearing to determine how to manage a deer herd that is overpopulated.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

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

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

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

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