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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The materials are free and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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These resources describe how the module was adapted for use in different settings. We hope these stories inspire your own use of the module and give you insight into how to adapt the materials for your classroom.

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Provenance: Kathryn Baldwin, Eastern Washington University
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Kathryn Baldwin: Soils and Society at Eastern Washington University. This module was used in a small class (22 students) of junior/senior elementary teaching majors in a quarter (10 weeks) course. Students presented their Kits to peers in a gallery walk.

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Provenance: Jennifer Dechaine, Central Washington University
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Jennifer Dechaine: Soils and Society at Central Washington University. This module was used in a small class (14 students) of sophomore-senior elementary teaching majors in a quarter (10 weeks) course with a field teaching experience. Students taught most of their Kits to fifth-grade students at a local elementary school instead of presenting it in a gallery walk.

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Provenance: Rodger Hauge, American Geophysical Union
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Rodger Hauge: Soils and Society at Eastern Washington University. This module was used in a small class (10 students) of junior/senior elementary teaching majors in a quarter (10 weeks) course. Students presented their Kits to peers in a gallery walk.

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William Hansen: Environmental Science at Worcester State University
William Hansen, Worcester State University
Environmental Science is a class that draws in concepts from across the science disciplines as well as technological and societal factors. As such it can be complex for students to navigate with respect to terminology, sources of information and synthesis of concepts. Environmental Science classes typically have a small number of very vocal students but a large number of students with a lack of familiarity with these concepts and therefore many tend not to participate in class discussions. Integrate materials work well in bringing all students into the discussion through student-to-student interaction and tie fundamental geoscience concepts back to human actions in a way that facilitates student's exploration and interaction.

Tara Jo Holmberg: Using the A Growing Concern and Soils, Systems, and Society Modules in Introduction to Environmental Science at Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
This course was taught within a newly designed 21st century classroom. The 16 students were from a variety of majors, most taking it as their science elective and 3 as a major requirement. This particular class was one of the most engaged I have ever had. While the personality of the class was unique, upbeat, and engaged, the design of the classroom cannot be overlooked as a contributing factor in the success of this implementation.

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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