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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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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

Wonder Lake, a Case Study part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A town board based classroom scenario where students decide what to do with a parcel of land on the shoreline of a lake. Various interested parties try to purchase, but must answer town board questions in the process. Real issues of land-use, resource allocation, ethics, planning, and impacts.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Land Use

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

Rescuing the Aral Sea: use of Case Method part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
A case based upon the environmental devastation of the Aral Sea that illustrates economic concepts of opportunity cost and social marginal cost.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

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

Recycle -- or not? A case from New York City part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
A case for the analysis of externalities (social costs and benefits) in the context of recycling. Drawn from a program in New York City.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

The Great Energy Debate part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan explores the energy debate in the U.S. Students will hold a mock congressional committee meeting and make decisions about public lands and energy resources.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Policy, Energy, Land Use

The Use of a Piece of Land part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this role-playing exercise, students represent groups interested in buying the same piece of land and will need to consult land-use laws.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Land Use, 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