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

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

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

Resource Consumption part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Janis Treworgy, Principia College Course: Introductory Geology 17 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity As one means of ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

What Students Want to Learn part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Wagner, Clemson University Course: Earth Resources 60 students Surveying your students about what they want to learn in a course can tell you a lot about them and their interests, and how to connect your ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests
Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions, :Resources

Identify Pressing Environmental Issues part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Kathy Licht, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Course: Environmental Geology 70 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective motivational strategy. The Activity In ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Environmental Science
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

Is My House on an Abandoned Waste Site? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Mark Noll, SUNY College at Brockport Course: Our Earth 85 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity I present the students with a scenario about buying a house ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Environmental Science:Waste
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

Mining: We Depend On It part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I present ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology, Environmental Science:Mineral Resources
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Resources

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Biggest Environmental Problem? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Jeanette Jerz, DePauw University Course: Environmental Geology 30 students "I believe that starting them off on the first day by actively thinking about the content of the course, they are much more prone to ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Environmental Science
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

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