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Tapestry of Time: the Evolution of the North American Continent
Scott Johnston, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
In this lecture activity, groups of students use the Tapestry of Time map printed by the USGS to create cross sections that illustrate the growth of the North American continent.

Rock Types on Other Planets Lecture Tutorial
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island; Jessica Smay, San Jose City College
The design of this short Lecture Tutorial worksheet allows students to make predictions of what rock types they would expect to find on other planets. After a brief lecture, students work in groups to answer the questions to help them understand the conditions of formation for the three rock types.

Rock and mineral laboratory exercises in large auditorium classes
Alfred Pekarek
These exercises provide an opportunity for students in large auditorium classes with "hands on" examination of typical rocks and minerals and their properties.

Illinois Caverns Field Trip
Illinois Caverns Field Trip Kathleen Bower, Eastern Illinois University Intended Audience: Middle school through undergraduate students. Location: Waterloo, Illinois Middle School students tend to finish the ...

Determining the Geologic History of Rocks from a Gravel Deposit
Activity designed by Daniel Rolf Tucker, Melinda Riddler Tucker, and William Albert Rieck of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Starting Point page developed by John McDaris.
Gravels deposited as a result of continental glaciation are used to teach introductory-level earth-science students the application of the scientific method in a cooperative learning mode which utilizes hands-on, ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America
Thomas W. Oesleby
Thomas W. Oesleby Northwest College - Students learn to use a geologic compass to measure rock fractures and formulate a hypothesis to explain the origin of the fractures -

Rock identification and usage
Mary Kay Wildes Marquette Catholic School Virginia, MN based on the original activity from Science Through Children's Literature An Integrated Approach by: Carol W. Butzow and John W. Butzow
This activity is a lab where students gather data on rock identification.

Investigating Minnesota Rocks: The Properties of North Shore Rocks
Jean Karschnia, Valley Crossing Community School, Woodbury, MN. based on an activity from MnSTEP Elementary Earth Science Course, June 2008.
This activity is a guided inquiry where students develop questions around a group of rocks, use their observation skills to describe the attributes, record and analyze their findings, and use their data, in conjunction with available resources, to categorize the rocks .

Rocks - A Lesson in Inquiry
Cathy Wegener Marine Elementary School Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota based on an original activity from the FOSS Kit, Pebbles, Sand & Silt
In this earth science unit, the students will observe rocks from the FOSS Pebbles, Sand & Silt kit as well as their own personal rocks. They will use scientific tools to aid in their observations, then form investigatory questions for their own inquiry.

CRUMBLING ROCKS - observing and describing rocks
Gbai Metzger
This activity is a classroom hands-on , active learning lesson where students observe and describe a familiar item, to help them observe and describe the physical characteristics of rocks.

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