The purpose of this study guide is to help teachers prepare a unit using the information presented on this website. To explore some of the different approaches that can be taken, follow the links below.
The Jigsaw MethodUsing this method, students are assigned to investigate different aspects of the same problem or issue. For example, each team might analyze a different but related data set or read an article on different aspects or viewpoints on the same topic. Once each team member thoroughly understands his/her team's aspect of the problem, new groups are formed, with at least one representative from each original team. Each individual then explains her/his team's aspect of the problem to the new group. In this way, every student learns every aspect of the problem. Each group then uses combined information to evaluate a summary issue ([Tewksbury, 1995] ). This method could be used by dividing a class up into groups and assinging them to the different key points on the website.
- Is Yellowstone Volcanism Caused by a Deep-Seated Mantle Plume?
- Is there a present volcanic hazard
- What is the compositional diversity in volcanic suites, comparing the Yellowstone and Mt. Mazama calderas?
- Should geothermal energy resources around Yellowstone Park be developed?
- Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park: An American Right, or Wrong?
Course Materials related to Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone: A Natural Laboratory is an introductory course for non-majors that emphasizes modern research methods and results, taught by Dr. Cathy Whitlock, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. Examples of course activities can be found by linking to
- Course Syllabus (Microsoft Word 64kB Jan7 08)
- Climate Change in Yellowstone National Park exercise (Microsoft Word 44kB Jan7 08)
- Group report exercise on topical research questions about Yellowstone National Park (Microsoft Word 30kB Jan7 08)
- Stream Data and Climate Change Exercise in Yellowstone National Park (Microsoft Word 29kB Jan7 08) with an Excel spreadsheet example of peak discharge data at a single location in Yellowstone National Park (Excel 121kB Jan7 08)