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GEOLogic: Dinosaur Trackways

Penn State University - Delaware County
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  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
  • Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
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This page first made public: Jun 1, 2006


GEOLogic questions are puzzles that were developed to support students understanding of geoscience concepts while challenging them to develop better logic and problem solving skills.
In this example, students must associate different dinosaur trackways with their locations and the rock formations containing the trackways based on clues given from various points of view.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This activity is appropriate for a high school science class or an introductory level undergraduate geoscience course. The activity can be given as an in class assignment or for homework.

Teaching Notes and Tips

See the author's paper under Resources.

Teaching Materials

Activity Sheet (Excel 20kB May30 06)


As long as the student makes a substantial effort towards solving the problem, they receive credit for the assignment. Alternatively, GEOLogic problems could be used as extra credit exercises which would be graded more rigorously.

References and Resources

Guertin, 2000 . Using Logic Problems in Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses to Develop Critical Reasoning and Basic Quantitative Skills, Journal of Geoscience Education, 48(4), 423.
- In this paper, the author describes the development and implementation of GEOLogic problems as well as her reasoning for the focus on logic problems and problem solving.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology, Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Historical Geology
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Quantitative Skills: Problem Solving
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks
Topics: Time/Earth History
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Sedimentary Geology, Paleontology

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