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Layer Cake Geology part of Cutting Edge:Courses: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 NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students work collaboratively using data maps to discover plate tectonic boundary processes. Data sets used are earthquakes, volcanos, seafloor age, and topography. The authors below have submitted variations of ...

Melting ice cubes part of Cutting Edge:Courses: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 ...

The Cosmic Calendar part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
In this activity, one takes ALL of time, from the beginning of time (i.e., the Big Bang) all the way up to today, but one compresses it into one year. One can do this for all levels of students depending on how ...

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.

Count the Vowels part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Students are given a list of words and told to count the vowels and turn the sheet over. They are then asked to list the words. When they fail they discover how the words are arranged and find it easy to remember ...

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.

Photographs of snow bank structures part of Cutting Edge:Courses: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 ...

Mentos and soda eruptions- lessons on explosive volcanic eruptions part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students participate in a popular experiment with Mentos candies and soda. This helps them learn about the scientific method, gas saturation, bubble nucleation, and explosive volcanic eruptions.

Rainwater Harvesting Service Learning Project part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
Students will gain an understanding of the history, benefits, and components of a rainwater harvesting system and partner with community members to design and build a rainwater harvesting system for their school.

Relative Dating of Geologic Materials part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
This lessons allows students to constuct the basic principals used to understand relative geologic time and the skills used to construct the geologic time scale.

GO Inquire System part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
GO Inquire is an online tool used to develop knowledge and skills of 4th grade science students in the concepts of erosion, transportation and deposition.

Demonstrating Climate Change and the Water Cycle to Fifth Grade Students part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Demonstration of the greenhouse effect and its role in climate change, discussion of the phases of water and the water cycle, and a hands-on experiment to investigate the role of temperature in phase changes of ...

Snack Tectonics part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students create a tasty model that illustrates plate tectonic motions. Different materials are used to simulate asthenosphere, ocean lithosphere, and continental lithosphere.

The Geography of Land Planning part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students use simplified maps to plan towns, being conscious of water resources, and then learn how their town fits into the larger watershed.

Seasons part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the Earth's position in space, the Earth's rotation axis and seasons. -

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 ...

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