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Presenting the Geologic Timescale part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This project has students model the geologic timescale using distance as a metaphor for time. Students give presentions spaced at distances which represent how far apart in time the events occurred. -

Subject: Geoscience: 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

Plate Kinematics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the dynamics of plate kinematics. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Seasons part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the Earth's position in space, the Earth's rotation axis and seasons. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Physics:Astronomy:Solar System

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: Chemistry, Geoscience



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