Beth Pratt-Sitaula

Geological Sciences


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Activities (3)

Pictorial Geologic History Book part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
In this project the student creates a 10-part written & pictorial geologic history book of a region (the assignment below mentions the Pacific NW specifically because that is the emphasis of the class for which it was developed, but this project can be adapted for any region). Each of the 10 parts pertains to one interval of time during which something geologically significant occurred in their region of interest. The student is asked to evokewith pictures and simple languagewhat the processes of rock formation, climate, and life was like at that time in a way that a secondary student would be able to understand. The book also includes a glossary of geologic terms used and an overview description of the geologic history in 1-2 pages. The book is assessed based on the rubric in the assignment below. Learn more about the course for which this activity was developed.

Investigating Plate Tectonics with Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Students examine data sets of topography, bathymetry, volcano location, earthquake location and size, and ocean floor age in Google Earth to determine the location and attributes of different types of plate tectonic boundaries.

Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone's "Breathing" Volcano part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park, focusing on its history of eruption, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor volcanoes (using Mount St. Helens as an example) and then apply that as an open-ended problem to Yellowstone; their problem is to identify a site for a research station.

Courses (2)

Global Issues in the Sciences--Living with our Earth: Earth science case studies from the Pacific NW and Himalaya part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
Seminar style course that explores basic geologic systems through the lens of better understanding natural and manmade catastrophes in the Pacific Northwest and the Himalaya and how we, personally and as societies, can better prevent disasters. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding risks from earthquakes and climate change. (Course structure was patterned heavily after recommendations in Lecture-Free Teaching, B. Wood, NSTA, 2009)

Central Washington University - Pacific Northwest Geology part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
The course has a duel role of providing future secondary earth science teaching majors with more detailed geologic content knowledge of the Pacific NW (where most of them end up teaching) and providing them opportunities to actually teach secondary earth science both in the field and lab. For Dr. Pratt-Sitaula's reflections on the course and its design, see Pacific Northwest Geology: Role in the Program.

Other Contribution

Theme Group 1: Earth Science for Secondary Teachers - Connection to Place part of Teacher Preparation:Workshops and Activities:Workshop 2007
Group Members Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Pacific Northwest Geology Gary Solar, Geology of New York State Amy Ellwein, Geobotany Joel Johnson, Earth System Science for Teachers Approach to Teaching the Course What ...

Events and Communities

Hazards Webinar January 2012

Early Career 2006 Participants

Teacher Preparation Workshop 2007 Participants

Career Prep '03 Participants

Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012

Applying Geodesy Data Webinar - Jan. 10, 2014: Presenter

Applying Geodesy Data Webinar - Jan. 31, 2014: Presenter

GETSI February 2014 Authors: PI