Exploring the building stones of downtown Seattle
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection
This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
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This page first made public: Dec 9, 2011
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
- Students should have had practice identifying the three rock types in the lab.
- Students should understand the origin of rock types.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Because the building stones are polished, students gain practice on "real-life" rock identification without the hindrances of small lab samples or weathering effects in the field.
- Students gain confidence in rock identification.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Sketching rocks
- Making observations
- Keeping observations separate from interpretations
- Identifying rocks based on observations
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
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- Exploring the building stones of downtown Seattle (Acrobat (PDF) 34kB May25 10)