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Transnational Pollution: Why Are You Dumping on Me? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Environmental Science:Policy:Global Policy, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Habitats

Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings

Changing With the Tide part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

An Activity to Introduce the Geoscience Perspective part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This role-playing exercise introduces students to geology by having them examine rocks from the perspective of a child, a sculptor, a geologist or someone from another walk of life. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology

Lahar Risk Assessment part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Students act as first responders assessing Lahar risks associated with eruptions. Teacher sets an alert placemark on the Google Earth web browser plug-in and gives students X minutes to decide whether to evacuate a down-slope town. Students collaborate by text messages.

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting

The Grand Canyon part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This interdisciplinary lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. The students, role-playing as scientists, write a proposal to try experimental flooding. -

Subject: Geoscience: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediment Transport and Deposition, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Environmental Science:Policy:US National Policy, State Policy, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Habitats, Ecology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making

Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes

The High Plains: Land of Extremes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan includes a debate about whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands and a study of the High Plains habitat. -

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Terrestrial, Geoscience:Hydrology

WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming Project part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site also has free modeling and GIS software and lesson and lab plans. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Public policy , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Greenhouse effect, Natural causes, Anthropogenic causes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Anthropogenic causes, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Policy:Global Policy, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Public policy, Impacts of climate change, Greenhouse effect, Greenhouse gas emissions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Natural causes

Science in the Courtroom: The Woburn Toxic Trial part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
In this exercise, hydrology students role-play expert witnesses in a mock trial dealing with contamination of groundwater. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Contaminant hydrology


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