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Demonstration of radioactive decay using pennies part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A demonstration (with full class participation) to illustrate radioactive decay by flipping coins. Shows students visually the concepts of exponential decay, half-life and randomness. Works best in large classes – the more people, the better.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Using Popcorn to Simulate Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Popping popcorn in your class is an excellent way to illustrate both the spontaneity and irreversible change associated with radioactive decay. It helps students to understand the unpredictability of decay.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Geochemistry:Radioisotopes

M&M Model for Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A tasty in-class demonstration of radioactive decay using two colors of M&M's. Illustrates the quantitative concepts of probability and exponential decay. This activity is appropriate for small classes (<40 students).

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

The nature of volcanism as controlled by viscosity part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
This activity is fun to include in a classroom. This activity has the students design demonstrations using ketchup and peanut butter to document how viscosity differences between rhyolite and basalt control various ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Volcanology

What's Cooking in Geology? Food Analogies and Demonstrations to Connect Geology with Everyday Experiences part of Activity Ideas
By Larry Lemke, Annia Fayon, Cristina de Campos, and Rebecca Boger Topic: Numerous Connection Areas: Structural Geology Magma Dynamics Viscosity and Volcanic Eruption Style Oil Spills Glacial Motion Plate ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Structural Geology:Modeling Structural Processes

Ice Cream Model -- How Glaciers Formed the Minnesota Landscape part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a teacher demonstration of an ice cream model representing glacier movement across Minnesota. Teacher/student questions and discussion should be encouraged during the demonstration.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial

The Earth and Sky in a 24 Hour Day part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an indoor and outdoor activity where students understand the distance the earth is from the sun. The students understand that the earth rotates on it's axis once in a 24 hour period thus providing us with day and night.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Daily Science Vocabulary Review with the Smart Board part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
An elementary review activity for chemistry vocabulary, tools, and concepts used with the classroom science curriculum.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience, Chemistry

Let's build the Earth!: The structure of the Earth's crust and interior part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a active learning activity where students will observe and represent the layers of the Earth from the core to the lithosphere.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience

What Happens to Water When it Hits the Ground? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will test the percolation rates of 6 different soil samples. Three of the samples are measured sand and clay and three are collected from the schoolyard and wetland.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Hydrologic cycle, Geoscience:Hydrology



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