For the InstructorThese student materials complement the Exploring Geoscience Methods Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
This module gives you the opportunity to use and reflect on geoscientific thinking as it will apply in your future science classroom, no matter which discipline is your specialty. The module begins with an exploration of how geoscience methods are similar to and different from the stereotypical experimental scientific method. Then, you will use the methods of geoscience (e.g., systems thinking, multiple converging lines of evidence, developing spatial and temporal frameworks) in a data-rich, interdisciplinary exploration of the human impacts of global climate change. You will use data visualizations and Google Earth to address the socio-scientific issue,"To what extent should we build or re-build coastal communities?" and the scientific question, "To what extent are coastal communities at risk due to climate change?" Finally, you will explore high-quality, freely available curricular resources to develop a standards-based lesson that embeds geoscientific thinking and content and addresses societal impacts as part of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics or social science instruction. These are resources you will continue to be able to access once you are in your own classroom.