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Activity 4.1 - Review of Sedimentary Processes
Joy Branlund, Southwestern Illinois College
Even though students will read about sedimentary processes and the mineral resources thus formed, they will need some practice in order to truly grasp the concepts.

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Rock Types Lab
Barry Bickmore, Brigham Young University
This lab helps students link concepts about how rocks form with observations about how rocks look. It is designed to help them learn rock classification in a more connected manner than is usual.

Finding connections between current events and earth sciences
Annia Fayon, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Class creates a list of all current events, including topics from their countries of origin. The next task is to find the connections between the events and categorize events based on the connections. Finally, as a ...

Using Lava Flows & Volcanic Structures on Mars to Introduce the Concept of Relative Dating in Introductory Courses
Audi Matias, Skidmore College;
To compare bodies of rocks in the same region and determine the sequence of events that led to the formation of these rocks, geologists use a few simple rules of observation to help determine the relative ages of ...

Drawing Connections
The lab activity described here was adapted by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Use the button at the right to navigate to the student activity pages for this lab. To open the student pages in a new ...

A Theme Based Field Course on the Geology of New York
Dr. Joe Reese and Dr. Eric Straffin Department of Geosciences Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA 16444 phone numbers: 814-732-2814 / 1573. Intended Audience: teachers, science education students, and ...

Investigating the rate of weathering on various rock types.
Sherry Miller, Mankato, MN, based on an original activity by Sandra McEwan and Peter Russell.
Students will make observations of weathering on different rock types in a cemetery. Students will also make observations of rock types of the Minneopa Falls.

Investigating sedimentary rock deposition and weathering in Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves
Beth Hoagland, Bayfield Middle School, Bayfield Wisconsin
A field investigation to the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves of northern Wisconsin along Lake Superior in the winter. Students will investigate deposition of sedimentary rocks and weathering of the rocks to produce sea caves.

Stream investigation: Investigate how a local stream might have an impact on our surrounding landscape.
Joseph Cynor
This activity is a field investigation where students will make stream observations to determine its geologic processes and influence to our local topography.

Investigating Processes of Sedimentation in Gravel Pits
Melissa Olson
This is a field investigation where students will explore and observe sediments within a local gravel pit and from their observation create an investigation that will help to determine the nature of the sediments.

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