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Body Measures: Exploring Distributions and Graphs Using Cooperative Learning part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Cooperative Learning: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.

Histogram Sorting Using Cooperative Learning part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Cooperative Learning: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.).

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

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.

Investigating the Modernity of the University Library part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Campus Living Laboratory: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.

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 ...

Collaborative Research Project: Geoscience Undergraduate Curricula part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Collaborative research project in which undergraduate geoscience curricula at Research 1 institutions are compared. This project uses the methods of science to explore a topic that beginning students can understand. This project uses rubrics for self, peer, and instructor assessment.

Just Sort It! An Activity for Algorithm Development part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This activity is designed to give students the opportunity to develop an algorithm than can be executed by others from the development team's written description of the algorithm.

Acids and Bases part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Conceptual pH ranking activity

Petroleum Use Jigsaw Activity/Homework part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Activities
Students get one of 3 homework assignments. They then gather in groups, one that has completed each homework to answer questions as a group. The exercises estimate current oil usage, reserves, and amounts available ...

Learning about Arguments by Making Arguments part of State Your Case:Activities
This is an activity that teaches basic argumentation skills such as generating and formulating claims, presenting evidence , oral and written communication.

Can you get reelected as a Fed Chairperson: A group activity part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Starting Point: Economics in Two-Year Colleges:Activities
This activity uses the Fed Chairman Game as a small group activity of 4-5 students within a larger class setting. Students in groups will play the game and report their results to the entire class.

Better Field Instruction by using Jigsaw Groups part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Jigsaw groups places field site students in active, shared responsiblity, collaboration as they infer the concepts previously chosen and supported by their instructor.

Earthquake Analysis Paper part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities
This activity requires students to link what they have learned in class to current earthquakes around the world. They are required to analyze two different earthquakes, and then compare the two for similarities and differences.

National Parks Jigsaw part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Jigsaws:Examples
This jigsaw exercise has students study national parks from different perspectives. Groups can be divided up depending on the nature of the class: historian, meteorologist, geologist, and biologist.

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.

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

Earth Systems Science part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Course Design:Goals Database
Earth is studied in terms of how different physical and chemical systems interact with each other.