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Exploring Soil Development & Conservation of Mass part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This activity aims to develop understanding of soil formation using the principles of conservation of mass. This is best applied to a chronosequence of 2 soils/deposits, such as a set of terraces or glacial ...

The Candle Icebreaker part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Small groups of students examine a candle to consider its chemical properties. Class discussion follows to consider macro vs. molecular events, energy, phase changes, etc.

Learning to Paraphrase: A Group Activity part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This is a short paper assignment assigned to groups of 3 that teaches students how to paraphrase.

Science on a Skateboard - Applications of Newton's Third Law part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
A think, pair, share activity with Socratic questioning to help students begin to understand rocket propulsion.

Think-Pair-Share Analysis of the Operation of a Metal Detector part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
The activity presents a Think-Pair-Share analysis of a metal detector including a simulation.

How well can hand size predict height? part of Examples
This activity is deigned to introduce the concepts of bivariate relationships. It is one of the hands-on activities of the ‘real-time online hands-on activities’. Students collect their own data, enter and retrieve the data in real time. Data are stored in the web database and are shared on the net.

Nature of the chi-square distribution part of Examples
Explaining the chi-square and F distributions in terms of the behavior of variables constructed by generating random samples of normal variates and summing the sqaures of the values.

Body Measures: Exploring Distributions and Graphs Using Cooperative Learning part of Examples
This lesson is intended as an early lesson in an introductory statistics course. The lesson introduces distributions, and the idea that distributions help us understand central tendencies and variability. Cooperative learning methods, real data, and structured interaction emphasize an active approach to teaching statistical concepts and thinking.

Understanding the standard deviation: What makes it larger or smaller? part of Examples
Using cooperative learning methods, this activity helps students develop a better intuitive understanding of what is meant by variability in statistics.

Histogram Sorting Using Cooperative Learning part of Examples
Intended as an early lesson in an introductory statistics course, this lesson uses cooperative learning methods to introduce distributions. Students develop awareness of the different versions of particular shapes (e.g., different types of skewed distributions, or different types of normal distributions), and that there is a difference between models (normal, uniform) and characteristics (skewness, symmetry, etc.).

Investigating the Modernity of the University Library part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Students will investigate the modernity of the university library by designing and implementing a complex survey design.

An Activity to Introduce the Geoscience Perspective part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This role-playing exercise introduces students to geology by having them examine rocks from the perspective of a child, a sculptor, a geologist or someone from another walk of life.

Aurora Mastodont Project - Matrix Analyses Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
This is a laboratory based assignment that is for Introductory level geoscience classes (Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Earth Science) that brings an authentic research experience to your students. In the ...

Using a Groundwater Pollution Problem to Develop Professional Communication Skills part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

Coal: China, Energy and Kyoto - I. Evaluating Coal Leases for Possible Mining part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Students evaluate coal leases to determine their potential for coal mining. Each company, student group, creates subsurface geologic models for each lease. Using these models, they recommend to the company board of ...

Review exercise for introductory Environmental Science course part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity could be used toward the end of an Introduction to Environmental Science course (or something similar) as a way to help students review for the exam, and also to make sure they are able to see the ...

Too many deer? A public hearing part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
Students reenact a public hearing to determine how to manage a deer herd that is overpopulated.

Recycle -- or not? A case from New York City part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
A case for the analysis of externalities (social costs and benefits) in the context of recycling. Drawn from a program in New York City.

Context-rich problem for cooperative group problem solving - Electric Force part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Context-Rich Problems:Examples
Context-rich problem for electrostatics in an introductory physics class. The instructional setting uses cooperative group problem solving.