Mark Francek

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Geology
Central Michigan University

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Activities (2)

Weather Map Interpretation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks:Examples
Using the Gallery Walk technique, student groups will synthesize various weather variables, create a weather forecast, and present the material in either in an oral or written assignment. The question: based on this day's location of fronts, pressure cells, and precipitation, predict dominant clouds types, cloud cover, temperature (F), wind speed (m.p.h.), wind direction, pressure (in.), relative humidity, dew point (F), visibility (mi.), sunset, sun rise, and length of daylight.

Soil Morphology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks:Examples
Using the Gallery Walk technique, student groups will predict how the soil forming factors of climate, vegetation, topography, parent material, and time contribute to soil characteristics from various locations. Groups will then present their analysis either in an oral or written assignment. The question: discuss how the following five variables: climate, vegetation, parent material, topography, and time contribute to soil characteristics from various locations. Consider how physical (texture, structure, organic matter content, bulk density, porosity, temperature, or permeability) and how chemical properties (pH, CEC, nutrient content) are impacted.

Teaching Method Module

Gallery Walk part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks
Compiled by Mark Francek (more info) at Central Michigan University (more info) What is Gallery Walk? --a discussion technique for active engagement Gallery Walk gets students out of their chairs and actively ...


Events and Communities

Course Design '04 Participants: Presenter

Teaching Biocomplexity in the Geosciences Workshop Participants

Course Design '02 Participants

Web-based Resources 2003 Participants

Course Design Workshop 2003 Participants