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Eruption! part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
Eruption! is a volcanic crisis simulation model in which students role-play villagers, the governor, volcanologists, and the press, working to preserve their lives and homes from an active volcano. -

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Policy:Local Policy

Collaborative Decision Making: NASA's Deep Impact Mission part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This is collaborative problem solving using data in which students role-play NASA and other personnel determining a good strategy for launching a probe to study a comet. -

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

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

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

An Experiential Pedagogy for Sustainability Ethics: The Externalities Game part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Games:Examples
The Externalities Game is a non-cooperative game that teaches students about the concept of environmental externalities and allows them to directly experience the moral dimensions of collective action problems. It ...

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Human Population:Developing/Developed Countries, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Energy:Energy Policy , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Mitigation of climate change, Public policy , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Public policy, Environmental Science:Policy:Energy Policy, Geography:Human/Cultural, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Ethics/Values, Environmental Decision-Making, Global Policy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology

Yellowstone Fires part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This module enables students to take a problem-based learning approach to wildfires, in particular whether a "let-it-burn" policy makes sense in Yellowstone National Park. -

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Wildfires, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Clouds and precipitation, Biology, Environmental Science:Forest Resources, Ecosystems:Ecology, Environmental Science:Policy:State Policy, US National Policy

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, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology

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

What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

The Incredible Journey- A Walk Through the Water Cycle part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom investigation where students predict, explore and evaluate what happens to water as it travels through the water cycle.

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


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