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Weekly Reflections part of Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Sara Rutzky, Wake Technical Community College
This is a weekly short writing assignment that forces students to summarize materials presented in class, to reflect on their own performance and understanding of the material, and to relate it to their individual ...

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GeoSleuth Murder Mystery part of Enhance Your Teaching:Urban Geology:Activities
Matthew d'Alessio, California State University-Northridge
A simple way to introduce both the principles of geology and the nature of scientific inquiry in a classroom murder mystery.

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Poleward Heat Transport Jigsaw part of Topics:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Activities
E. Christa Farmer, Hofstra University
Based on great plate tectonic exercise by Sawyer et al. (2005 JGE), this small-group exercise with maps of data about earth's energy balance helps students visualize poleward heat transport.

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Environmental Health Risk Inventory part of Topics:Public Policy:Activities
Laurie Cantwell, Montana State University-Bozeman
In this activity, students perform an environmental health risk inventory of a selected locale. Students will address anthropogenic and natural health risks of an area using data collected from various online ...

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Mineral Classification Exercise part of Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus
This exercise gets students thinking about mineral classification and the properties that are most useful for classifying and identifying minerals.

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Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
Karen Grove, San Francisco State University
The introductory level course teaches geology majors basic skills in the context of a field-based problem, the integrating theme for the semester, so that they can more rapidly achieve an advanced skill level in ...

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Examination of Igneous Silicates part of Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus
Students study hand samples of light-colored igneous minerals and related mineral species. They look at some of the same minerals, and others, in thin section.

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Crystallization and Melting of Diopside - Anorthite part of Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota-Main Campus
This short exercise introduces students to the binary phase diagram in the diopside-anorthite system that contains a eutectic invariant point.

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Modeling Glacier Erosion Through Time part of Topics:Climate Change:Activities
Cathy Connor, University of Alaska Southeast
This lab could be adapted for an introductory geology course, upper division geomorphology course, or a climate change course. This activity is borrowed from John Harbor's paper in the Journal of Geoscience ...

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Exercises to teach scientific reading comprehension and mineralogic concepts part of Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
Kurt Hollocher, Union College (Lincoln, NE)
With a set of tasks and questions as a guide, students read through an article doing the tasks and answering questions as they go. The object is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the science in the paper.

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