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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: Classroom Climate:Icebreaker, Motivate Students:Problem-Solving, Relevance, Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic, Survey Students:Knowledge Survey
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

Igneous Rock Classification part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
John Brady, Smith College Course: Petrology 10 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. Although prior knowledge may ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks