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

Geoscience Careers and Salaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pranoti Asher, Georgia Southern University Course: Introduction to Earth 80 students maximum 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, Geography:Geospatial
Earth System Topics: Geography

Light Spectra Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Leslie Kanat, Johnson State College Course: Introduction to Earth Science 44 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity I give each ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Electromagnetic Radiation

Landscape Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Rebecca Ambers, Sweet Briar College Course: Environmental Geology 20-30 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. This ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes

Earthball Volleyball part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Knox, University of Georgia Course: Introduction to Weather and Climate 90 to 250 students This icebreaker activity mixes learning with fun. The Activity I cover the contents of the introductory chapter of the ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

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

Hypothesis Testing part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Elizabeth Wright, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Course: Earth Science 20 students The Activity We discuss the scientific method. Then I present an image entitled "The World of the Ancient ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Fine Arts, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Solar System and Astronomy

Plate Tectonics & the Rock Cycle part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pamela Burnley, Georgia State University Course: Introduction to Geosciences II 10 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Tectonics
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Surface Processes

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

Using Oceanic Data part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Hastings, Eckerd College Course: Advanced Chemical and Physical Oceanography 50 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Chemical, Physical



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