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Using "Dante's Peak" to Discuss Response to Risk
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
In this classroom activity, students watch the movie "Dante's Peak" up to the point where Harry Dalton's supervisor arrives and talks to the town council. Students then compare and contrast Harry's assessment and advice to that of his supervisor, discuss the reaction of the town council members, and develop their own recommendations for how the scientists and town should proceed.

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New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Pedagogic Methods:Other:Cooperative Learning, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving, Other:Group Work
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Discovering Plate Boundaries
Dale Sawyer, Rice University
Students work collaboratively using data maps to discover plate tectonic boundary processes. Data sets used are earthquakes, volcanos, seafloor age, and topography. Show other versions of this activity Hide The ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity:Jigsaw
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving, Problem Solving:Jigsaw, Pedagogic Methods:Other:Cooperative Learning
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The Algae-in-a-Bottle Experiment: A High-Impact Learning Activity
William Chamberlin, Fullerton College
The Algae-in-a-Bottle Experiment provides an engaging and flexible high-impact teaching tool for helping students to know, understand, and apply a number of concepts related to the biology and ecology of aquatic plants and their environments.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Lab Activity
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving, Problem Solving:Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

Deep Sea Microbes Jigsaw
Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School; Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School
This activity will help students to explore characteristics of microbes that live in the deep sea. This activity can be conducted as a jigsaw or research project, and can be used with face-to-face, remote, and ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project:Independent Research, Activities:Classroom Activity:Jigsaw, Activities:Classroom Activity
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Pedagogic Methods:Other:Cooperative Learning, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving:Jigsaw, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving

Paleoclimate
Lenore Teevan, School of Innovation/Springfield City School District
This is a unit plan for project-based learning. Students will learn about paleoclimate proxies and their importance in understanding past climates. Students will focus on one region-specific aspect of paleoclimate ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Project
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Teaching with Data, Models, Visuals, & Technology:Teaching with Data, Pedagogic Methods:Projects, Other:Inquiry:Structured Inquiry, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving

Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone's "Breathing" Volcano
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, EarthScope Consortium; Shelley Olds, EarthScope Consortium
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park, focusing on its history of eruptions, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Classroom Activity:Jigsaw, Activities:Lab Activity
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Pedagogic Methods:Other:Cooperative Learning, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving, Problem Solving:Jigsaw
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Landscape Evolution Debate
Amanda Schmidt, Oberlin College
Students are assigned to read one of the three papers on tectonic geomorphology (landscape evolution) published by Nature in 2003 (Burbank et al., Dadson et al., and Reiners et al.). All also read the editorial by ...

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Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 2: Do you really want to visit the Arctic?
Karin Kirk, Freelance Science Writer and Geoscientist
This jigsaw activity is designed for students to become familiar with several datasets of Arctic weather data, collected in Eureka on Ellesmere Island. Students join a role-playing activity to read and interpret ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
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Using Excel to plot numerical and analytical forms of the diffusion equation
Anne Lightbody, University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
This computer-based assignment forces students to compare and contrast integral and differential forms of the conservation of mass equation, as well as analytical and numerical approaches to solution. Students are ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Problem Set
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Teaching with Data, Models, Visuals, & Technology:Teaching with Data, Teaching with Models, Quantitative Reasoning:Teaching with Equations, Teaching with Data, Models, Visuals, & Technology:Teaching with Technology, Quantitative Reasoning, Teaching in Specific Environments:Indoor Labs, Pedagogic Methods:Other:Inquiry, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving:In-Class Problems, Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving
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Characterizing Plate Boundaries
Bill Hirt, College of the Siskiyous
Students examine maps showing four different types of geologic data along three specific plate boundaries, and document the patterns in the data along each boundary. Next, they compare their observations to the ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities, Classroom Activity
New Pedagogic Methods: Problem Solving: Pedagogic Methods:Problem Solving, Problem Solving:Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning
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