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

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

Is It a Dinosaur? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Jonathan Geisler, Georgia Southern University Course: Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Disasters 65 students Students are more likely to remember a definition when they have struggled to figure it out, first. The ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology, Geology:Historical Geology
Earth System Topics: Time/Earth History

Grand Canyon Observations & Hypotheses part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Pam Nelson, Glendale Community College Course: Introduction to Geology - Historical Geology Maximum of 24 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill, Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Earth System Topics: Surface Processes, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Virtual Field Trip part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Walter Barnhardt, University of North Carolina Course: Coastal Sedimentary Environments 16 students The next best thing to a field trip may well be a virtual field trip. You can keep students actively engaged - in ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Marginal-Marine

Rock Sample Observations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Sarah Tindall, Kutztown University Course: Physical Geology 25 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The Activity ...

First Day Focus: Engage with Content:Practice Science Skill
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks

Is My House on an Abandoned Waste Site? part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Mark Noll, SUNY College at Brockport Course: Our Earth 85 students Presenting students with a realistic problem-solving task draws them in. The Activity I present the students with a scenario about buying a house ...

First Day Focus: Motivate Students:Relevance, Problem-Solving, Engage with Content:Introduce Course Topic
Subject: Environmental Science:Waste
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

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

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

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