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This archived Universities Space Research Association Earth Science Picture of the day highlights the Dent de Morcles geologic formation. The photo shows an example of the complex processes that often take place during mountain building. For more information about the Dent de Morcles, geology of Switzerland and mountain formation, users can follow links to external pages from this Picture of the Day. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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This activity leads students through the process of creating a geologic map and cross-section in a small area of horizontal sedimentary rocks that are exposed in a few locations. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Field activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Structural geology
 
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This collection of activities and lesson plans covers grade levels 7-12, with notes on how some of the plans might be adapted for other age groups. Topics fall mainly within tectonics, with some structural geology and planetary science projects. The PDF files include activities, hand outs, maps, and even directions for building a simple seismometer and seismograph. Also included are suggestions for ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This Starting Point exercise asks students to describe and interpret an image of folded strata at Dent De Morcles. There are several questions students must address with respect to the image. This Starting Point website includes suggestions for using this technique, as well as teaching notes, learning goals, and extensive additional resource links and references. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for field trip
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Structural geology
 
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This activity explores the significance and geologic history of the Kerguelen Plateau Large Igneous Province, as revealed by Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Legs 120 and 183. After examining all the source material, the students write an essay addressing the important points that they have learned. The Calibrated Peer Review interface is then used to give feedback on the essays. On this Starting Point ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Project
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Structural geology
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point provides links to information about teaching, including entry level courses, upper division courses, visualizations, preparing teachers, methods, using data, quantitative skills, field-based learning, and designing courses. Also featured are links to earth system approaches to Geoscience, integrating research and education, managing careers, developing web resources, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geochemistry, Mineralogy or petrology, Structural geology
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point features Gallery Walk questions about volcanism. The questions examine terminology, the relationship between magma viscosity, explosiveness, and volcano profile, volcano comparisons, volcanoes and plate tectonics, relationships between volcanic activity and the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere, and disaster mitigation. The questions are organized according ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This SERC Starting Point site presents an introductory tutorial on Excel for students with no prior Excel experience. The tutorial is based on the geodynamics Model equation for ocean depth around a sea-floor spreading center. This site explains learning goals, context for use, teaching tips and materials, assessment, and offers resources related to the exercise. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Tutorial, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology, Structural geology, Technology
 
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University of California's Museum of Paleontology has created a hyperlinked Geologic Timeline with all sorts of details about each time unit that may be useful later in the course. Each hyperlink contains a variety of information including stratigraphy, ancient life, localities and tectonics associated with that specific time period. Users can also link to an Introduction to Geology page and a description ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology, Structural geology
 
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This website, developed for the Dynamic Earth course at Winona State University, describes a long list of warm-up activities regarding several different subjects. Subjects include, minerals, igneous rocks, volcanism, weathering, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, geologic time, earthquakes, internal structure of the Earth, sea floor topography, plate tectonics, mass wasting, mountain building, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Cryology, Geologic time, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Structural geology, Hydrology
 
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