Hotspot Lesson: Final Project
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
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This page first made public: Jan 29, 2008
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Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
The Project Instructions is used to lay out the ground rules for the project.
Each group, consisting of 4-5 students, gets to study a seamount trail from around the world and needs to present 15 slides that each have 3 main points and one nice graphical illustration or image.
Allow the students to break into groups. Once the groups are established provide them with a seamount chain and associated hotspot to study. Some possible hotspots are Reunion, Marquesas, Caroline, McDonald, Kerguelen and Galapagos. The presentation should be about 10 minutes long.
Instructions for the activity are on the Hotspot Activity Assignment Sheet which also includes places for each group to list out its members and the chain they have been assigned. Students use the Notes Sheet to help organize the information that will go into each slide in the presentation. Once all the information is collected on this sheet the PowerPoint slides can be made.
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Lesson MaterialsProject Instructions
Hotspot Activity Assignment Sheet
ERESE Resource MatricesFormation of Seamounts
Hotspots and Plate Motion