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Earthball Volleyball part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Knox, University of Georgia Course: Introduction to Weather and Climate 90 to 250 students This icebreaker activity mixes learning with fun. The Activity I cover the contents of the introductory chapter of the ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science

Mining: We Depend On It part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity I present ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology, Environmental Science:Mineral Resources

Hypothesis Testing part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Elizabeth Wright, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Course: Earth Science 20 students The Activity We discuss the scientific method. Then I present an image entitled "The World of the Ancient ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience: Fine Arts, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology

Plate Tectonics & the Rock Cycle part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pamela Burnley, Georgia State University Course: Introduction to Geosciences II 10 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Tectonics

Using Oceanic Data part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Hastings, Eckerd College Course: Advanced Chemical and Physical Oceanography 50 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Chemical, Physical

True/False Quiz on Course Topics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Kathy Surpless, Stanford University Course: Fundamentals of Geology 70 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you to figure out how much time you'll need to spend teaching various ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology

Field Trip: Describe & Hypothesize part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Robert (Bob) Filson, Green River Community College Course: Physical Geology 24-48 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

Is It a Mineral? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College Course: Earth Materials 15 to 20 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The Activity I give six or seven objects to ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties

Historical Geology Reconstruction Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island Course: Introduction to Historical Geology 20 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Modeling Systems Behavior part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Frederica Raia, City College of New York Course: Earth System Science: Physical and Chemical Principles 10-15 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience



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