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Engaging Question part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College Course: Dynamic Earth and Global Change 20 students This activity serves a number of functions, including an introduction to the course, a learning prompt that can be revisited ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records
Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere

Career Goals part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Mineralogy 25-35 students This survey of students' professional goals connects course topics to students' lives while also serving as an icebreaker. The ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Student Interests, Motivate Students:Career Information, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy

Eruption Prediction part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Bryan Oakley, Bryant University and University of Rhode Island Course: Physical Geology Lab 25 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Plate Tectonics Q&A part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Charlotte (Char) Mehrtens, University of Vermont Course: Earth, Environments and Life Through Time 15 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Water-Related Environmental Issues part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Donna Wolcott, North Carolina State University Course: Environmental Science-Water Issues 12-20 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science:Human Population, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management
Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Environmental Quality, Resources, Population

Hydrogeology Jeopardy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Eric Peterson, Illinois State Univerisity Course: Introduction to Ground Water Modeling 6 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology

Where Do You See Geology? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Maureen Garrett, Arizona Western College Course: Physical Geology 25 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I take my ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Careers in Hydrogeology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Rene Price, Florida International University Course: Introduction to Hydrogeology 5 students Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the geosciences. The Activity I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology

Geoscience Gallery Walk part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Cari Johnson, University of Utah Course: Architecture of the Earth 30-40 students This activity combines an assessment of prior knowledge with a survey of student interests. The Activity I have my students do a ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests, Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience

Mapping a Park part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Kaye Savage, Vanderbilt University Course: Methods in Environmental Geology Up to 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

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