Observations and Measurements for Understanding Isostasy
This activity has benefited from input from a review and suggestion process as a part of an activity development workshop.
This activity has benefited from input from faculty educators beyond the author through a review and suggestion process as a part of an activity development workshop. Workshop participants were provided with a set of criteria against which they evaluated each others' activities. For information about the criteria used for this review, see http://serc.carleton.edu/teacherprep/workshops/workshop07/activityreview.html.
This page first made public: Nov 9, 2007
This sample is the second of five learning cycles in the Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems curriculum. The sample is a sequence of activities starting with elicitation of the student's initial ideas about making observations of Earth processes, activities leading to a functional understanding of density and buoyancy, and finally application of these ideas to isostacy and global topography.
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Context for Use
Teaching Notes and Tips
- avoid your urge to tell– this curriculum is about students THINKING to learn;
- students must be comfortable expressing their ideas in writing and in public, even if their ideas are naive, incomplete or erroneous;
- students must be willing to explain their thinking in writing, even knowing that such writing will not be evaluated by the instructor;
- student are best grouped heterogeneously into groups of 3
- white boarding protocol calls for all students in the presenting group to stand and be accountable for what's on the whiteboard;
This sample includes lists of all materials used in the activities. The document is labeled as a SAMPLE because the materials are undergoing pilot testing and revision before publication.
SCED202 Cycle 2 from the Student Manual (Acrobat (PDF) 2.1MB Apr13 07)
Controlled Vocabulary Terms
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Ready for Use: Ready to Use