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Teaching Mineral and Rock Identification with a Jigsaw Activity part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Jigsaws:Examples
In this Jigsaw activity, groups of four students are tasked with identifying 20 different minerals (or rocks).

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The Pet Rock Project - Developing Professional Communication in a Petrology Course part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

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Making Paints from Minerals part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching Urban Students:Examples
Students prepare simple gouache paints using common minerals that are typically of sedimentary origin (e.g., hematite, limonite, kaolinite, glauconite), and use these paints to produce artifacts that are ...

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Energy Consumption Rates across the USA and the World part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Google Earth:Examples
A investigation of differences in rates and categories of energy use between countries and US states

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The Anatomy of a Rate Law part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment teaches geochemistry students to explain the mathematical forms of rate laws, and organize paragraphs in their writing assignments properly.

Developing hypotheses using GeoMapApp part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Inventing and Testing Models:Examples
This lab uses a number of different geologic and geophysical data sets from the free and downloadable program, GeoMapApp to develop a hypothesis about what geologic environment is occurring in the Gulf of Aden in Africa.

Incorporating Community-Based Research in a Course on the Economics of Poverty part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Service-Learning:Examples
A community-based research project in an economics of poverty course connects students to the issues that nonprofit organizations are facing in serving low-income households.

Core Microscopy Skills: Instructional Scaffolding for the Gram Stain part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Indoor Labs:Examples
Effective use of a microscope and Gram staining are important skills in biology and clinical medicine. This scaffolded activity teaches students these skills in steps that build on each other.

Race, Gender, and Intersectionality at Work: An Exploration of Your Future Occupation part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
In this assignment students examine data from the 2014 American Community Survey and learn more about an occupation of personal interest. In doing so, they gain insight into how social characteristics like race and gender shape the wages paid to people with their chosen occupation.

Tariff wars: Context-rich problem part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Context-Rich Problems:Examples
Context rich problem providing opportunities for principles or upper level students to consider trade, tariffs, producer and consumer surplus.

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