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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

Earthball Volleyball part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Knox, University of Georgia Course: Introduction to Weather and Climate 90 to 250 students This icebreaker activity mixes learning with fun. The Activity I cover the contents of the introductory chapter of the ...

First Day Focus: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

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

Plate Tectonics & the Rock Cycle part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pamela Burnley, Georgia State University Course: Introduction to Geosciences II 10 students Surveying students to assess their prior knowledge serves two purposes: it helps students review information they have ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Tectonics
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Surface Processes

Biggest Environmental Problem? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Jeanette Jerz, DePauw University Course: Environmental Geology 30 students "I believe that starting them off on the first day by actively thinking about the content of the course, they are much more prone to ...

First Day Focus: Survey Students:Knowledge Survey, Motivate Students:Relevance, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Environmental Science
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

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