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Layer Cake Geology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity visually introduces students to the idea of geologic time and the correlation between time, rock layers and fossils. It uses the familiar, relevant example of cake but teaches important concepts such ...
Discovering Plate Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Discovering Plate Boundaries is a classroom activity designed to introduce students to the process of observing and classifying data, in addition to the fundamentals of plate tectonics.
Ontogeny part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity allows even the youngest of learners to understand what the concept of ontogeny is, relative to humans and also applied to learning about dinosaurs.
Melting ice cubes part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
Explore how melting of ice cubes floating in water is influenced by the salinity of the water. Important oceanographic concepts like density and density driven currents are visualized and can be discussed on the ...
Photographs of snow bank structures part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
This set of photographs was taken in February 2004 in Oswego, New York on the shore of Lake Ontario, an area that receives about five meters of snow each winter because of lake-effect. Prior to photography, a large ...
Economics of installing Solar PV panels: is it worth it to the individual? part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
We show that it is economical for an individual to install solar photovoltaic panels in Denver, Colorado; and this is a sustainable strategy for society at large.
Landscape Regions part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Relationships between landscape appearance, topography and underlying geology are explored in this activity, with a focus upon the Adirondack Mountains area. Landscape Regions: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft ...
Rules of Contouring part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Familiarity with contour lines helps us explore topographic relief shown on maps. In this activity, we learn the basic "rules" of contouring. Rules of Contouring: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft ...
Choosing the Best Contours part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Using GeoMapApp's interactive elevation base map, we experiment to find the best contours for sensibly displaying topography in different landscape regions. Choosing the Best Contours: Annotated Teacher ...
Polar Sea Ice part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Polar sea ice, its seasonal variability and the effects of a changing climate are introduced in this activity. Polar Sea Ice: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft Word 2.8MB Nov27 12) Polar Sea Ice: Student ...
Great Circles and Straight Lines part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
The concept of distances along great circles and straight lines is explored using maps. Airline flight paths are used as an example. Great Circles and Straight Lines: Annotated Teacher Edition (Microsoft Word ...
Vertical Exaggeration part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
Most features on Earth's surface are so small in comparison to the planet's size that we must use vertical exaggeration to make features more visible. In this activity, GeoMapApp's profiling tool ...
Hawaiian Islands: Erosion and Giant Landslides part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
High-resolution elevation data on land and in the ocean is used to examine the effects of erosion on the Hawaiian Islands. The remains of remarkable offshore giant landslides are also studied, and consistency with ...
Hawaiian Islands: Volcano Ages, Hotspots and Plate Motion part of GeoMapApp Learning Activities:Learning Activities
The ages of volcanic rocks along the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain are used to investigate speed of motion of the Pacific plate, to analyze the distinctive bend in the chain, and to consider the age data in the ...
Discovering Economic Preconceptions using Clickers part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Response Systems:Examples
Student preconceptions in the economics classroom are an under-appreciated element of teaching. Here we describe how clickers can easily be used to determine student preconceptions and thus inform the instructor on the information that students bring to the classroom.
Clickers As an Alternative to Scantrons part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Response Systems:Examples
Clickers can be used to replace Scantron forms for exams. This can save considerable time and effort when it comes to recording scores.
Using Clickers to Inductively Construct Economic Concepts part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Response Systems:Examples
This technique reverses the usual order of definitions and examples used in class to one of presenting an example or examples first and then having students "discover" the concept when asked with carefully constructed clicker questions.
Investigating Motion: What Causes Objects to Move? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a structured inquiry into why objects move and why some objects move farther than others. Students will make predictions on how far an object will move when blown on, blow on the objects, measure the distances they moved and record their findings.
Parachutes and Air Resistance part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on lesson that shows how air resistance affects how things move and how air is all around objects.
Investigating Chromatography: Separating Pigments part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab investigation where students design an experiment to extract pigments (AKA chromatography) from different colored, water soluble markers.