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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Phases of the Moon part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Visualization:Examples
This series of five interactive animations illustrates the 'phases of the moon' and the associated sun-earth-moon configurations. The animations allow the students to observe and play with the revolution ...

Investigative Case - Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
The Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps WebQuest features a guided exploration of microbial diversity. It introduces students to the extreme habitat of the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and encourages them to explore characteristics of the microorganisms that live there. The WebQuest applies the personification theme of Aesop's Fables as a means to acquaint students with protists. It challenges them to search for microbial "personality traits" and to implement these traits into a creative storyline.

Calculating the radius of the Earth part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Science students often have difficulty thinking about large spatial scales. The purpose of the exercise is to redo Eratosthenes' calculation of the radius of the Earth using data from to sites in ancient Egypt. The excercise teaches about the methodology of science - how Eratothenes figured it out - rather than worried about what the "right" answer is. It can also be used to discuss the role of models in geological thinking.

Celebration of Earth and Arbor Day part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
During this trip, students will plants 25 oak trees in a designated area set by Little Rock Parks and Recreation.

Fire and Ice: Identify and compare volcanic and glacial features on land and seafloor. part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Bathymetry and topography are used to identify and compare glacial and volcanic features of the Sand Point area, Alaska.

The Grand Canyon part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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. -

Bioinformatics part of Microbial Life:Teaching Methods:Teaching with Data:Examples
This exercise contains two interrelated modules that introduce students to modern biological techniques in the area of Bioinformatics, which is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. The need for Bioinformatics has arisen from the recent explosion of publicly available genomic information, such as that resulting from the Human Genome Project.

Salmon Use of Geomorphically Restored Streams at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students work with salmon-trace streambed data to study whether removal of a spawning run barrier was effective

Getting to the Point: Exploring Tectonic Motion at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to calculate such earthquake-related numbers as fault displacement rate and earthquake recurrence interval associated with the San Andreas Fault at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate, graph and compare the future value of investments with compound vs. simple interest. Spreadsheet level: beginner.

Yellowstone! A National Park on a Hot Spot part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to study the velocity of the North American Plate over the hot spot, the volume of eruptive materials from it, and the recurrence interval of the cataclysmic eruptions.