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GEO-Logic: Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics


Penn State University - Delaware County
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Summary

GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills.
In this example, students are asked to match up lecturers with what day and time they teach, and how many students they have based on clues given from several different perspectives. In the second part of the activity, students are asked to learn more about the historic figures mentioned in the activity by doing reading and web research.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This activity is appropriate for a high school science class or an introductory level undergraduate geoscience course. The activity can be given as an in class assignment or for homework.

Teaching Notes and Tips

See the author's paper under Resources.

Teaching Materials

Assessment

As long as the student makes a substantial effort towards solving the problem, they receive credit for the assignment. Alternatively, GEOLogic problems could be used as extra credit exercises which would be graded more rigorously.

References and Resources

Guertin, 2000 . Using Logic Problems in Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses to Develop Critical Reasoning and Basic Quantitative Skills, Journal of Geoscience Education, 48(4), 423.
- In this paper, the author describes the development and implementation of GEOLogic problems as well as her reasoning for the focus on logic problems and problem solving.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
Quantitative Skills: Problem Solving
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics
Topics: Tectonics

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