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Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast to Northern California part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Gorge to Shore - Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast to Northern California Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 ...

Modeling Daisyworld part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity describes the Daisyworld model in conceptual terms and then describes how to construct a STELLA model of the system. Following this, a series of experiments are outlined, along with questions for ...

The Amazing Race Geocache part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This hands on activity sends participants along a pre-determined course, using handheld GPS units, clues, and math skills to search out visual locations. Students compete in teams using basic functions of a Garmin ...

Reading Reflections part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Reading reflections are submitted online each day before class and after completing a reading assignment. Three short questions guide the student to reflect more deeply on their understanding.

Reflection on the process of science & geoscience part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
This is an activity for early in the semester that asks student to reflect on their understanding of the process of science, participate in an activity about the process of science, and then re-reflect on their ...

Battle of Lava and Life: Crater Lake National Park and Newberry Volcanic National Monument part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 (509) 359-2286; Drs. Suzanne Schwab and Robin O'Quinn, Department of Biology, ...

Columbia Plateau North Cascades National Park and vicinity to Whidbey Island WA part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Sage to Sea - Columbia Plateau, across the North Cascades and to Whidbey Island WA Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 ...

VEPP: Working with the VEPP website in an online M.Ed. course part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Students explore the VEPP website and complete a two-part problem set in which they work through the ideas presented in an EOS paper regarding eruptions at Kilauea and they try to find a deflation-inflation event ...

Magma Viscosity Demos part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
This is an interactive lecture where students answer questions about demonstrations shown in several movie files. They learn to connect what they have learned about molecules, phases of matter, silicate crystal structures, and igneous rock classification with magma viscosity, and to connect magma viscosity with volcano explosiveness and morphology.

Deciviews from Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Hazy is it? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the haze index and standard visual range from concentrations of particulate matter.

Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a color-coded conditional-formatted spreadsheet map to work through a USGS report applying a coastal vulnerability index.

Mapping Bedrock Outcrops with Stride & Compass and a GPS Unit in a soil and forest mantled landscape part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
Students take a two mile hike along a trail in a forest and map bedrock exposures. The project takes place over a few days. Students will need 2-3 hours to collect the data in the field, and another 2-3 hours to ...

Science in My Backyard part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
In this lab report writing assignment, students will use the scientific method to solve a real life problem from their own lives. Students use the scientific method to record observations, develop a hypothesis, and set up their experimental design, which they then actually carry out. This approach allows students to practice using the process of science without the intimidation of scientific terms and concepts.

Litter Retriever with a GPS Receiver part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Litter Reliever with a GPS Receiver
DATA: GPS waypoints TOOL: GPS unit, Google Earth SUMMARY: Track litter in a park or public space with a GPS receiver. Then import the data into Google Earth and consider the ideal location for new trash receptacles.

Earth System Science Unit Overview part of EarthLabs for Educators:Earth System Science
The lab activities in this module were adapted by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. These activities are based on the Exploring the Connections activities in the Earth as a System chapter of the GLOBE ...

Peat Bogs of Allegan County: A Field-Based Research Project Involving College and High School Students part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
By Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman, Hope College Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Project Goals The Hope College REACH (Research Experience Across Cultures) program is a 6-week summer research program ...

Physical Geology on the Fringe: Field Excursion to the Khumbu Region of Nepal part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Dr. Robert C. Thomas, The University of Montana Western Summary This 3-week field trip includes a 5-day field excursion that explores the geology and cultural history of the Khumbu region of Nepal, the famous ...

Variation Diagrams and the Evolution of Thingmuli Lavas, Iceland part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this problem set students are provided with an EXCEL spreadsheet containing major element analyses of lavas frm Thingmuli Volcano in Iceland. They are asked to construct variation diagrams (Harker plots) and ...

Exploring undergraduate research part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students attend a poster session where undergraduates are presenting their research. They are required to talk to four students; they submit the questions they asked and the responses they received, as well as ...

The Activity Model for Inquiry: Reflective Writing Prompts part of Process of Science:Examples
Reflective writing is be a valuable communication tool between instructor and student that fosters critical thinking. When combined with a better model of the scientific method (the AMI) than the "standard" linear model, learners gain a better understanding of the process of science.

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