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Role-Playing Scenarios

Only a few of the following examples are actually ready-to-run in an undergraduate classroom, but they will provide inspiration and materials for your own role-playing exercises. Many of the scenarios, characters, and assignments need a few added details, which will enable you to tailor them to your course.


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Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere, Human Dimensions:Policy
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What are the causes and effects of ENSO? part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This NASA Mission Geography module focuses on the evidence for global climate change. In the specific activity on ENSO, students role play policy makers deciding how to allocate Peru's resources to manage for ...

Earth System Topics: Atmosphere, Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy
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Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This site has a collection of role-playing exercises that provide the students with equations and data to use in collaborative problem-solving.

Earth System Topics: Climate, Earth's Cycles:Carbon Cycle, Atmosphere, Solar System and Astronomy
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Being P-Waves and S-Waves part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
Teach students about P-waves and S-waves by having them model them with their own bodies.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth
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What Should We Do About Global Warming? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This module contains an 8-lesson curriculum to study greenhouse gases and global warming using data and visualizations. The students will summarize the issue in a mock debate or a presentation.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere, Climate
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Mock Environmental Summit part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming.

Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere, Human Dimensions:Energy, Policy
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Water Wars: A look at Gallatin Valley Water Controversies part of Public Policy:Activities
This virtual field trip explores the science and policy of a ground water dispute in Gallatin Valley Montana. The virtual field trip uses a role-playing activity to explore the geology, hydrology and policy related ...

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Policy, Hydrology:Ground Water
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The Sleeping Mountain part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this role-playing scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future.

Earth System Topics: Geography, Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth
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Changing With the Tide part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.

Earth System Topics: Oceans:Biological Oceanography, Biosphere, Oceans:Marine Chemistry, Biosphere:Ecology

Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent crisis of coral bleaching. It suggests that students engage in a role-playing debate about modifying human activity to protect reefs.

Earth System Topics: Oceans:Biological Oceanography, Climate, Biosphere:Ecology, Atmosphere, Biosphere