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Determining the Geologic History of Rocks from a Gravel Deposit part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Cooperative Learning:Examples
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, minds-on analyses. Processes that involve erosion, transportation, and deposition of pebble- and cobble-sized clasts are considered by students in formulating and testing hypotheses.

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US Historical Climate: Excel Statistical part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
Students import US Historical Climate Network mean temperature data into Excel from a station of their choice and use Excel for statistical calculations, graphing, and linear trend estimates.

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Fracture Fundamentals: A Cheesy Analog part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity has students make small cuts in processed cheese food and then apply shear stress perpendicular or parallel to the cuts to see what sort of fracturing will occur.

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Comparing Carbon Calculators part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
Carbon calculators, no matter how well intended as tools to help measure energy footprints, tend to be black boxes and can produce wildly different results, depending on the calculations used to weigh various ...

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2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Project part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Students are employees of a unit of the United Nations responsible for coordinating disaster relief after a major disaster (the 2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami) occurs. The agency needs to understand the situation in each country so that it can coordinate the work of various governments and NGO (nongovernmental organizations) working in the affected area.

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Earth's Radiation Budget: Part 1 part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) data archived at the IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library (more info) .

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The Modern Atmospheric CO2 Record part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students compare carbon dioxide (CO2) data from Mauna Loa Observatory, Barrow (Alaska), and the South Pole over the past 40 years to help them better understand what controls atmospheric CO2.

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Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
Students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok ice core data (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance.

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Making Paints from Minerals part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching Urban Students:Examples
Students prepare simple gouache paints using common minerals that are typically of sedimentary origin (e.g., hematite, limonite, kaolinite, glauconite), and use these paints to produce artifacts that are ...

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Mock Environmental Summit part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming.

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