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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

Prior Knowledge, Landscape Photos part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Daniel Brownstein, Hastings High School Course: Advanced Geology 26 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have (theoretically) ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Icebreaker: Coat of Arms part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class: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
Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Solar System and Astronomy

Geoscience Concept Inventory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Henrietta Laustsen, University of Colorado Course: Introduction to Physical Geology 185 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge can help you figure out what topics to focus on in your teaching. ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
Subject: Geoscience

Hypothesis Testing part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class: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
Subject: Fine Arts, Geoscience:Geology, Lunar and Planetary Science
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Solar System and Astronomy

Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class: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: Survey Students:Student Interests, Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic, Motivate Students:Relevance
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Surface Processes:Coastal Processes

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