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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: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
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

Geoscience Concept Inventory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Henrietta Laustsen, University of Colorado Course: Introduction to Physical Geology 185 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you figure out what topics to focus on in your teaching. ...

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

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

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

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

True/False Quiz on Course Topics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Kathy Surpless, Stanford University Course: Fundamentals of Geology 70 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you to figure out how much time you'll need to spend teaching various ...

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

Field Trip: Describe & Hypothesize part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Robert (Bob) Filson, Green River Community College Course: Physical Geology 24-48 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
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes



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