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The examples in this collection were contributed by participants at the 2007 Teacher Preparation Workshop at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. The activities are used by the contributors in their earth science courses for pre-service teachers to help these future teachers understand the science they will be asked to teach to their students.



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Be the Block: Working the Geologic Block Diagram as an Inquiry Tool part of Activities
Working with data, students develop 3-D understandings of Earth structures using inference to construct a block diagram from a collection of 2-D information.

Science as Storytelling for Teaching the Nature of Science part of Activities
"Science as Storytelling" is a program designed to help students in introductory science courses confront and replace misconceptions about the nature of science, and become more willing and able to address science-religion conflicts.

Class Research Project: Visualizing Large-Scale Earth Processes and Abstract Concepts part of Activities
Pre-service Earth Science teachers construct physical models and inquiry-based lessons using these models to help students envision large-scale or abstract concepts in Earth and Space Science.

Relative Dating of Geologic Materials part of Activities
This lessons allows students to constuct the basic principals used to understand relative geologic time and the skills used to construct the geologic time scale.

Movie Clip Lesson Plan part of Activities
The students are asked to develop a lesson plan about an earth science concept that they have seen in a Hollywood film. They must find the short movie clip, come up with a way to show the students why this is wrong either by using a demo or a lab activity. Examples of appropriate movies are Dante<92>s Peak, Twister, The Core, and Asteroid.

Active Learning and Lasting Impacts: Reflective Writing in a Field-Based Geobotany Course for Teachers part of Activities
In this upper-division, week-long, residential field geobotany course for K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers, participants make observations and interpretations in both the field and lab every day. At the end of each day, participants write about their experiences, self-confidence, and perceived competence as an amateur scientist during a reflective writing exercise, for which instructors provide feedback each evening.

Why do some things float while other things sink? part of Activities
Students investigate the concept of density through inquiry-based experiments and exploration.

Course Journal part of Activities
The course journal is designed to help students be reflective about what they are learning in the course and to connect course material to their everyday lives. Students are encouraged to use the journal to develop ...