Teaching Activities

These teaching activities come from participants at the 2016 workshop on Transforming Geoscience Preparation for K-8 Pre-Service Teachers.


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Using 2-liter Bottles to Represent % of Energy Consumption by Source
lisa andresen, North Crawford School
Students will create a physical representation of a chart of "U.S. Energy Consumption by Source" using plastic 2-liter bottles and water. Students calculate % of source use to ounces and cups, measure ...

Rocking Through the Rock Cycle
Mary Mutrux, Missouri State University
The students will participate as matter traveling through the rock cycle while drawing cards from 4 rock matter stations (magma, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic). Afterwards, the student will demonstrate their path using a laser pointer in a projected large the rock cycle diagram.

Making Topographic Maps
Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University
In this activity, students learn how to contour topographic data from three-dimensional models that they create for themselves. Students examine how topographic contour lines differ based on different topographic features.