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Icebreaker: Coat of Arms part of Activities
Martin Balinsky, Florida A&M University Course: Earth and Space Science for pre-service and inservice teachers 26 students An icebreaker is an activity that helps students (and instructor) to get to know each ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Student Interests, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker
Earth System Topics: Solar System and Astronomy, Solid Earth

Attitude Toward Science, Scientists part of Activities
Prajukti Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Course: Introduction to Earth Science 25-32 students Students' negative attitudes toward science can be a surprisingly powerful barrier to learning. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Attitude Survey, Classroom Climate
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Geology & Daily Life part of Activities
Tracy Gregg, University at Buffalo Course: Evolution of Earth and the Solar System 80 students Connecting course topics to students' lives is a very effective strategy to motivate their learning. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Grand Canyon Observations & Hypotheses part of Activities
Pam Nelson, Glendale Community College Course: Introduction to Geology - Historical Geology Maximum of 24 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Rock Sample Observations part of Activities
Sarah Tindall, Kutztown University Course: Physical Geology 25 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Hypothesis Testing part of Activities
Elizabeth Wright, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Course: Earth Science 20 students The Activity We discuss the scientific method. Then I present an image entitled "The World of the Ancient ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Solar System and Astronomy

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Student Interests
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Plate Tectonics & the Rock Cycle part of Activities
Pamela Burnley, Georgia State University Course: Introduction to Geosciences II 10 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Surface Processes

True/False Quiz on Course Topics part of Activities
Kathy Surpless, Stanford University Course: Fundamentals of Geology 70 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you to figure out how much time you'll need to spend teaching various ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Plate Boundaries and Volcanoes part of Activities
Carol Ormand, Wittenberg University Course: Geology of the National Parks 28 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. Working with real, ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics

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