SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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Flood Days and Good Canoeing Days at Congaree National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Mark C. Rains (University of South Florida), David C. Shelley (National Parks Service) and Len Vacher (University of South Florida) Cover page by Len Vacher, University of South Florida
SSAC Geology of National Parks module/Geology of National Parks course. Students calculate probabilities using USGS hydrograph data, a spreadsheet of daily stage heights, and the COUNTIF function.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Logic Functions, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Logic Functions:COUNTIF
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science, Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science

Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a color-coded conditional-formatted spreadsheet map to work through a USGS report applying a coastal vulnerability index.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions, Statistical Functions, One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate, Earth & Space Science:Oceanography, Atmospheric & Climate Science

Deciviews from Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Hazy is it? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher (University of South Florida), Jim Renfro (Great Smoky Mountains National Park), and Susan Sachs (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie Fishinger, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the haze index and standard visual range from concentrations of particulate matter.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Other Elementary Math Functions, LOG, LOG10, EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality

Mined-Over Matter: Remembering Copper Mining at Keweenaw National Historic Park, Upper Peninsula Michigan part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Judy McIlrath, Len Vacher, and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the amount of rock removed and the value of copper produced at the great Keweenaw District up to 1925.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Unit conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Percent (format)
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Environmental Science

Flood Days and Good Canoeing Days at Congaree National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Mark C. Rains (University of South Florida), David C. Shelley (National Parks Service) and Len Vacher (University of South Florida) Cover page by Len Vacher, University of South Florida
SSAC Geology of National Parks module/Geology of National Parks course. Students calculate probabilities using USGS hydrograph data, a spreadsheet of daily stage heights, and the COUNTIF function.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Logic Functions, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Logic Functions:COUNTIF
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science, Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science

Deciviews from Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Hazy is it? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher (University of South Florida), Jim Renfro (Great Smoky Mountains National Park), and Susan Sachs (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie Fishinger, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the haze index and standard visual range from concentrations of particulate matter.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Other Elementary Math Functions, LOG, LOG10, EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality

Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a color-coded conditional-formatted spreadsheet map to work through a USGS report applying a coastal vulnerability index.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions, Statistical Functions, One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate, Earth & Space Science:Oceanography, Atmospheric & Climate Science

Achieve New Heights: Go to the Rockies! part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Judy A McIlrath University of South Florida, Tampa
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate travel times and costs of a driving/camping trip to visit national parks in Colorado.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Units and Dimensions, Average; weighted average, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, Processes that Shape Earth's Surface

Dunes, Boxcars, and Ball Jars: Mining the Great Lakes Shores part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Tiffany Roberts, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate the volume of sand in Hoosier Slide, a large dome-shaped dune quarried away in the 1920s from what is now Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. They also estimate the number of boxcars to carry the sand, and the number of Ball jars produced from it.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Other solid figures, Geometry; Trigonometry , Squares and rectangles, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Estimation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions, Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions, PI, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Oceans & Coastal Resources, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Mineral Resources, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science

Shifting Sands: Quantifying Shoreline and Dune Migration at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark Horwitz, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use weighted averages and data from air photos from 1939 to 2005 to calculate the rate of retreat of the shoreline and the advance of the front of dunes along the shoreline.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science, Geology, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Oceans & Coastal Resources, Environmental Science

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