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Rock cycle in chocolate lab
Pete Stelling, Western Washington University
This lab activity simulates the rock cycle with a piece of chocolate instead of actual rock. Students melt, crystallize, erode, lithify and metamorphose a single small block of chocolate. Along the way students ...
Learning Assessment #2 - The Rock Cycle
Leslie Reid, University of Calgary; Michelle Speta, University of Alberta
An in-class activity that tests students' understanding of the rock cycle.
Relative Time Application and Synthesis Exercise
David Steer, University of Akron Main Campus
This classroom activity is a formative assessment that explores the degree to which students can apply relative time principles and synthesize that information with concepts related to the rock cycle.
Using IF-AT Based Questions to Reinforce Lectures
Kent Kirkby, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Short sets of multiple-choice questions with IF-AT scratch off answer keys are used to reinforce lecture by generating peer discussion and instruction.
Physical Geology: Idaho Field Trip
Simon Kattenhorn, University of Idaho
Optional field trip to local sites of geologic interest/relevance.
Metamorphism and Continental Collision
Kenneth Howard, Wake Technical Community College
This is an exercise designed to help students link metamorphism and other geologic processes in context of the plate tectonic theory.
Rock-Tectonics synthesis lab
Dori Farthing, University of Dayton
This lab aims to draw together rock identification and plate tectonics as well as relative age relationships. It gets students to "be" geologists...looking at rock suites and trying to see how they fit ...
Emergent Models in Google Earth
Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University
This is one sample of a set of emergent models we are developing for use with Google Earth. Students use the Google Earth time-slider to lift 3D models of the subsurface into view. They can substitute their own ...
Metamorphic Rocks Lab
Ann Hadley, Manchester Community College
Students describe rock characteristics and determine if a rock sample is metamorphic. If it is, they determine the parent rock. If not, they describe what it would change into as a metamorphic rock. The whole class ...
Delicious Differential Weathering
Mary Gorte, Delta College
In this activity students are exposed to the concept of both physical and chemical weathering while eating a Baby Ruth candy bar. This is compared to the weathering of a piece of granite. The strength of this ...