Teaching about the Early Earth: Evolution of Tectonics, Life, and the Early Atmosphere
The formative processes that shaped our planet offer up several exciting areas for teaching. How did the earth's solid crust evolve? What processes formed the initial atmosphere? How and where did life emerge? Each of these areas is interesting in its own right, but the formation and evolution of the earth as an integrated system is a concept that also has direct applications for teaching.
This website offers a growing collection of teaching materials and research results that will aid in the understanding of and teaching about the early earth.
Resources for Teaching about the Early Earth
- Research Summary about early earth systems
- Articles and resources for teaching
- Key questions about the early earth - Some of the great mysteries of the early formation of our planet present wonderful opportunities for teaching.
- Ideas for creating early earth teaching activities - outlines for classroom activities created by workshop participants.
- Suggestions for how to teach uncertain science
- Classroom Activities for teaching early earth topics
- Presentations from the April 2007 workshop on Teaching about the Early Earth.
This workshop brought together experts in early earth research and geoscience education to explore opportunities to bring this exciting research into undergraduate classrooms.See presentations from the workshop.
The workshop featured four catalyst speakers:
- Lynn Margulis , University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James Kasting , The Pennsylvania State University
Stanley Awramik , University of California, Santa Barbara
- Cathryn Manduca, Carleton College
David Mogk, Montana State University
Michael Williams, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Share Your Knowledge and ExperienceWe are gathering references and classroom materials that are useful for teaching about the many facets of the early earth. Please help us in our efforts to distribute quality teaching materials by sharing activities that you have created or references that you use.
email list is the place where workshop participants and others can have ongoing discussions about issues in teaching about the Early Earth.