Guided Inquiry Introductory Geology Labs

The Guided Inquiry Introductory Geology Labs collection is a set of labs created in summer 2020, then piloted, reviewed and revised through summer 2021. Instructors can use the Inquiry Level Rating provided for each lab in their consideration of adopting the activities for their courses. Labs cover many common introductory geology lab topics, some of which also have options for online (synchronous and/or asynchronous) instruction. Each lab in the collection provides Teaching Tips to guide instructors in their use, student handouts and verified instructors can access keys to activities using instructions embedded in labs.

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Discover Plate Tectonics
Angela Daneshmand, Santiago Canyon College
This is a student-centered activity for a synchronous online course where students access google slides to complete during a video conferencing session (eg. Zoom) in break out rooms. Students will be introduced to ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Structured Inquiry, Confirmation Inquiry, Guided Inquiry

Identifying Plate Boundaries, an Inquiry Lab
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College; Michelle Harris, Centralia College; Alyssa Abbey, California State University-Long Beach; Liang Zeng, UTRGV
Average inquiry level: Guided inquiry Students working in groups will examine and discuss earthquakes, volcanoes, topography, faults, and seafloor ages and use those features to identify the boundaries of tectonic ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Guided Inquiry, Open Inquiry, Structured Inquiry

GEOLOGIC TIME: PRINCIPLES & APPLICATIONS
Tiffany Rivera, Westminster College (UT); Victor Ricchezza, Georgia State University
Average inquiry level: Structured This inquiry-based lab about the principles of relative and numerical dating allows students to apply reason and logic to determine the order of geologic events, to experimentally ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Guided Inquiry, Open Inquiry, Structured Inquiry

Exploring Groundwater
Bridget Garnier, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Average inquiry level: Structured This groundwater lab is designed for online, asynchronous instruction and uses Google slides (or Powerpoint) so student can use the draw features. Within this lab, students will: ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Guided Inquiry, Open Inquiry, Structured Inquiry

Online Minerals Inquiry Lab
Katryn Wiese, City College of San Francisco
Average inquiry level: Structured Students explore mineral properties and the ways in which we distinguish among the variety of rock-forming minerals. Ultimately students will learn to classify various properties, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Structured Inquiry, Guided Inquiry

Investigating Rock Classification
Sean Bryan, Colorado State University; Megan Plenge, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Average inquiry level: Structured This lab activity provides an introduction to rock classification. Classification is useful because it allows scientists to identify patterns and organize information. In this lab, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Structured Inquiry, Guided Inquiry

Mineral Mystery Lab
Emily Scribner, Clemson University
Average inquiry level: Structured In this lab, students will take on the role of a mineralogist by testing various physical properties of minerals, sorting minerals into categories with similar characteristics, and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Structured Inquiry, Confirmation Inquiry, Open Inquiry, Guided Inquiry

Fantastic Prehistoric Beasts and Where/When to Find Them
Marie Farson, Principia College; Sharon Gilberg, St. Petersburg College
Average inquiry level: Guided inquiry This inquiry-based lab explores the fossil record by having students use various characteristics of fossils to devise a classification scheme and eventually apply the geologic ...

Subject: Geoscience:Biogeosciences , Paleontology, Geology
Inquiry Rating: Guided Inquiry, Structured Inquiry

Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks Lab F2F
Revising author: Maria Mercedes, Central Michigan University Original authors:Maria Mercedes, Central Michigan University; Stephanie Sabatini, North Carolina State University
Average inquiry level: Structured In this lab, students will use observations to compare and contrast metamorphic processes and features to draw conclusions about the geologic history of metamorphic rocks. As ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Structured Inquiry, Guided Inquiry

Climate Change: Past & Present, Local & Global
Cheryl Manning, Northern Illinois University; Rondi Davies, CUNY City College
Average inquiry level: Guided inquiry In this laboratory exercise for introductory geology or environmental science courses, students use data to examine climate change in their local environment. They compare ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Inquiry Rating: Guided Inquiry, Open Inquiry, Structured Inquiry

Acknowledgement of Funding

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program under Grant No. DUE-1933395 and 1933488. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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