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On this website, Starting Point Teaching Collection explains the Distribution of Active Volcanoes exercise. This worksheet is intended to direct students working independently in a 6-week exercise on volcanoes within an online geology course. The exercise consists of a series of questions plus helpful links and a map. The students collect and plot data, then interpret the results and answer questions ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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The Sleeping Mountain role playing scenario is part of the Starting Point Teaching Collection. In this scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future. They must debate whether to invest in or to abandon their town. The site outlines the roles and includes a description of the original, real volcano ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This website is the homepage for the Geological Society of America's History of Geology Division. The website contains an archive of division newsletters, numerous brief biographies of famous geologists, and a collection of abstracts from the Earth Sciences History journal. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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The Sir Charles Lyell collection at Bartleby.com contains scientific papers authored by Lyell such as The Progress of Geology and The Uniformity of Change. Users may follow links to other Harvard Classics as well as a variety of literary material. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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The site describes the geology of New South Wales, Australia. Topics include: Precambrian supercontinent, the Delamerian Orogen, Palaeozoic plate interactions with the Proto-Pacific Ocean - the Lachlan Orogen, New England Orogen, Sydney and Gunnedah basins, Mesozoic basin formation and Cainozoic basin formation and tectonics. Users can also follow links to additional geologic information and a historic ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This website provides an overview of different role-playing types and techniques available through the Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience project. The site describes role-playing, how to use role-playing effectively, how to teach with role playing, resources for educational role-playing and also includes useful references. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology
 
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This laboratory activity gives an example of the creativity required when teaching non-native rock types. In order to study igneous and metamorphic rocks in central Florida (a huge area consisting solely of sedimentary rock), geology students examined building stones in downtown St. Petersburg. Each student picked a particular rock type used in a particular way (structure, decorative facade, etc.), ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology
 
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In this lab, each student or small student group "adopts" a different outcrop or road cut, describing and interpreting both the outcrop scale features and hand specimens. This website provides a context for the use of this lab, and describes learning goals, teaching notes and assessment. It also includes downloadable handouts and other teaching materials. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology
 
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In this example, a field laboratory in introductory geology becomes a test of a hypothesis: Does the model proposed by Stanley Trimble for Coon Creek, Wisconsin adequately describe the history of post-European-settlement erosion and deposition in a small drainage in southeast Minnesota? This field lab is detailed on the site, which describes leaning goals, a context for this lab's use, teaching notes ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Human geography, Geology
 
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In this field lab, students describe two (or more) different rock types in outcrop, with an emphasis on the hydrogeologic properties of the rocks. Students are asked to draw sketches, take notes and ask questions about the how water may move through a rock unit . This website describes the learning goals and context use of the lab, and provides an equipment list, teaching notes and materials, a recommended ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Geology, Hydrology
 
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