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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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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.

Exploring the Solar System, the Galaxies, and the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope part of Activities
The Hubble Telescope site (http://hubblesite.org) contains numerous teaching tools including videos, news articles about the solar system and the Universe, and games that introduce and reinforce astronomy and space science content and concepts. Teachers can design activities for multiple grade levels using the site as a foundation.

Ordeal by Check: An introductory activity about the Nature of Science part of Activities
This is an introductory activity about the Nature of Science (NOS) that can be used on the first day of a laboratory class. It is designed to show students how scientific knowledge develops and is general enough to use in any science course.

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

Water Quality Testing in your Local Water Cycle part of Activities
Students analyze local water chemistry by identifying and collecting local water samples, deciding upon questions they want to answer about their local water sources, and then performing simple water quality tests on their samples.

Pictorial Geologic History Book part of Activities
In this project the student creates a 10-part written & pictorial geologic history book of a region.

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 ...

Observations and Measurements for Understanding Isostasy part of Activities
In this cycle, students practice their observation and measuring skills as they develop a functional understanding of the concepts of density/buoyancy and how they apply to our understanding of Earth's topography.