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Fog Chamber part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Show how clouds and fog are created with a very simple physical model. Materials needed are: A large 1 gallon jar, latex glove, a little water, and matches.

Earthquake Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This demonstration uses an "earthquake machine" constructed from bricks, sand paper, and a winch, to simulate the buildup of elastic strain energy prior to a seismic event and the release of that energy during an earthquake.

Copper Extraction Demonstration Tutorial part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary This demonstration uses sulfuric acid and crushed copper ore (malachite) to produce a solution of copper sulfate and carbonic acid in a beaker. When a freshly sanded nail is dropped into the copper sulfate ...

Conics and Reflection part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
This is a discovery bases lesson on the reflective properties of the conics: parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas.

Chemical Equilibrium Misconceptions part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
This STELLA modeling and writing assignment helps students confront and replace common misconceptions about chemical equilibrium.

Igneous Rocks Model part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students use samples of four igneous rocks (gabbro, basalt, granite, and rhyolite) to observe differences in texture, color and grain size and make inferences ...

Using Field Labs part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs
Written by Mary Savina of Carleton College Students love field labs! They enjoy being outside and they appreciate the fact that geoscience field labs are unusually tactile and bring them into contact with real, ...

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

Cemetery Geology part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Studying rock types, weathering processes and human history in a cemetery.

Glacial Geology in the Field part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Students describe and interpret glacial features exposed in gravel pits and outcrops.

Post-Settlement Erosion and Deposition part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Use valley and slope deposits to reconstruct recent landscape erosion and sedimentation history.

Studying Aquifers in Outcrop part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Students describe the hydrogeologic properties of different sedimentary and volcanic rocks.

Groundwater Pump Test part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
Students run a pump test and interpret the results as drawdown curves and hydraulic conductivity measurements.

Transnational Pollution: Why Are You Dumping on Me? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the different types of transnational pollution, by having them role-play in a hypothetical disaster on the Danube River.

Changing With the Tide part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.

Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent crisis of coral bleaching. It suggests that students engage in a role-playing debate about modifying human activity to protect reefs.

Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this series of inquiry-based exercises about volcanoes and plate tectonics, students will collect, plot, and interpret data and finish with a role-playing activity and a virtual field trip.

Calibrated Peer ReviewTM: Introduction - Why Study Geology? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
Sarah Andrews is a geologist who has also written a series of successful mystery novels featuring (naturally) a geologist who solves crimes in her spare time. Students read her article, "Why Study Geology?", then write and essay addressing points listed in the Writing Prompt. After this, students are introduced to the process of Calibrated Peer Review and evaluate their papers.

Human Impacts on Sharks: Developing an Essay Through Peer-Review on a Discussion Board part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
Through a discussion board, students comment and respond to paper topics on the human impacts on sharks.

Viewpoint on Causes of Global Warming - An Assignment Using Anonymous Electronic Peer Review With a Dropbox part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
This is an anonymous electronic peer review exercise that utilizes a dropbox, where students detail and support their viewpoint on nonhuman-induced global warming.