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Engaging Question part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College Course: Dynamic Earth and Global Change 20 students This activity serves a number of functions, including an introduction to the course, a learning prompt that can be revisited ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records
Earth System Topics: Climate, Atmosphere

Environmental Science Gallery Walk part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Gallery Walks:Examples
Gallery walk activity that relies on students' prior knowledge of environmental issues as an introductory activity in a general education, large-lecture format environmental science class.

Subject: Environmental Science

Rock Description part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Course: Historical Geology 15-30 students My historical geology course is focused on how geologists are able to "read the rocks" and thereby interpret ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

Eruption Prediction part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Bryan Oakley, Bryant University and University of Rhode Island Course: Physical Geology Lab 25 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Chemistry
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth

Career Goals part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Mineralogy 25-35 students This survey of students' professional goals connects course topics to students' lives while also serving as an icebreaker. The ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Student Interests, Attitude Survey, Motivate Students:Career Information, Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy

Geoscience Careers and Salaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pranoti Asher, Georgia Southern University Course: Introduction to Earth 80 students maximum Students are often surprised at - and interested in - the variety of careers available in the geosciences. The Activity I ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Career Information
Subject: Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience
Earth System Topics: Geography

Light Spectra Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Leslie Kanat, Johnson State College Course: Introduction to Earth Science 44 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The Activity I give each ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Electromagnetic Radiation

Landscape Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Rebecca Ambers, Sweet Briar College Course: Environmental Geology 20-30 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. This ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes

Field Trip: Describe & Hypothesize part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Robert (Bob) Filson, Green River Community College Course: Physical Geology 24-48 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes

Is It a Mineral? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College Course: Earth Materials 15 to 20 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The Activity I give six or seven objects to ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Minerals

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