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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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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

Collaborative Decision Making: NASA's Deep Impact Mission part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This is collaborative problem solving using data in which students role-play NASA and other personnel determining a good strategy for launching a probe to study a comet.

Earth System Topics: Solar System and Astronomy

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

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

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

Jurassic Park Debate part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This role-playing exercise casts students as scientific specialists, assigned to a group either supporting or opposing the cloning of dinosaurs. Each group researches and presents its argument.

Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History

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

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