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Sand & Rock Sample Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Katherine Lee, College of the Redwoods Course: Introductory Geology 25 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks, Minerals

Learning Styles: VARK part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Learning styles vary greatly from individual to individual. There are several instruments available for measuring learning styles. The ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Learning Styles
Subject: Education

Preconceptions: Private Universe part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Don Minkel, Adirondack Community College Course: Introduction to Astronomy 22 students This activity is designed to inform students about how misconceptions can interfere with the learning process, and to alert ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Physics:Astronomy

Prior Knowledge, Landscape Photos part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Daniel Brownstein, Hastings High School Course: Advanced Geology 26 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have (theoretically) ...

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

Icebreaker: Coat of Arms part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Martin Balinsky, Florida A&M University Course: Earth and Space Science for pre-service and inservice teachers 26 students An icebreaker is an activity that helps students (and instructor) to get to know each ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Lunar and Planetary Science
Earth System Topics: Solar System and Astronomy, Solid Earth

Rock Description part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Course: Historical Geology 15-30 students My historical geology course is focused on how geologists are able to "read the rocks" and thereby interpret ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

Plate Boundaries and Volcanoes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Carol Ormand, Wittenberg University Course: Geology of the National Parks 28 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with real, ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics

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