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Earth's Natural Resource Systems
Earth's Natural Resource Systems is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in the Earth sciences related to rock and mineral resources, water resources, soil resources, and their role and ...

The Nature of Science in Science Teaching
This course explores philosophical and sociological questions related to the scientific enterprise. The understandings developed are then applied to questions about teaching and learning science.

Planetary Climate Change
What are weather and climate, how has climate changed in the past, how do we know, what causes climate to change, and how can we predict future climate? Planetary Climate Change explores scientists' current ...

General Geology lab
This is the lab portion of General Geology (Geology 101), and is designed for novice scientists or science-phobic students. Different aspects of the process of science are addressed each week in the context of ...

Mineral Cleavage: a practical experiment
In this geology activity, students investigate the physical property of mineral cleavage by physically trying to break down a block of halite and describing the results. This lab addresses many misunderstandings non-majors have about the physical properties of minerals and includes a brief write up of their conclusions.

Introduction to Geology
In Intro to Geology, students discover how to read and interpret landscapes and the geological products that they comprise. Topics explored include minerals, igneous processes, weathering, landslides, streams, ...

Introducing a new representation of the process of science
This set of warm-up activities uses the example of investigating the dinosaur extinction to introduce fundamental concepts regarding the nature and process of science–especially, debunking the myth of THE Scientific Method.

Scientific logic: An application to meteorological observations
A sample question/problem in which students are asked to apply the logic of scientific evidence to statements about weather patterns, based on observations on a typical surface weather map.

Unraveling Geological History: Glaciers and Faults at Discovery Park, Seattle
This introductory geology field exercise asks students to make individual observations about parts of an outcrop, then combine their observations in larger teams to interpret the overall geological history of the exposure. Content learning includes stratigraphy, faulting, and local geologic history; process learning includes data gathering and recording, hypothesis formation, and outlining helpful evidence that could be gathered in the future.

Density, Isostasy, and Topography
Anne Egger, Stanford University The original activity Density, Isostasy, and Topography already exists within the SERC website. This page describes how this activity can be used to teach about the process of ...




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