Teaching Mineral and Rock Identification with a Jigsaw Activity
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
Resources in this top level collection a) must have scored Exemplary or Very Good in all five review categories, and must also rate as “Exemplary” in at least three of the five categories. The five categories included in the peer review process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
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This page first made public: Dec 9, 2009
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
- Develop students' ability to identify 20 different mineral species with each student becoming an "expert" in identifying 5 of the 20.
- Foster participation, motivation and enthusiasm on the part of students in the lab section.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
- Randomly assign students to groups and then assign them to a particular "expert" groups.
- Set definite time intervals for each portion of the activity. Utilize students who finish a portion early by having them help students who are lagging behind.
References and Resources
Teaching Methods module on using Jigsaw Activities in class.