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Plate Tectonics writing assignment suitable for Calibrated Peer Review part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
This is an example of a writing assignment focussed on the use of data to support the theory of plate tectonics.

Lithospheric Density part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with SSAC:Examples
Students learn about the weighted mean by building spreadsheets that apply this concept to the average density of the oceanic lithosphere.

Conics and Reflection part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
This is a discovery bases lesson on the reflective properties of the conics: parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas.

Chemical Equilibrium Misconceptions part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
This STELLA modeling and writing assignment helps students confront and replace common misconceptions about chemical equilibrium.

Rock/Mineral Scavenger Hunt part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
Take students into the field and give each team a list of rocks or mineral types you want found and brought back within the time limit.

Virtual Oil Well Game part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This strategy game has players prospect for oil using seismic profiles on limited budgets.

Allosaur Survival Game part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
In this online computer game, players must figure out how to keep an Allosaurus from starving or being eaten until it grows to adulthood.

Welcome to Planet Oit! part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This is an online adventure game in which players prospect for minerals on a virtual geologically realistic world.

Wheel of... Geology! part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This quiz game is intended to help students review for an upcoming exam. Topics of questions are randomly determined by spinning a wheel. Teams answer questions using electronic CPS handhelds.

An Interactive Game Approach to Learning in Historical Geology and Paleontology part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
The instructor uses a series of games to help students identify and answer questions about fossils. The game grows more complex over time as the instructors add rules and phyla to identify.