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An Interactive Game Approach to Learning in Historical Geology and Paleontology
This article describes an interactive game that can be used in conjunction with traditional laboratory work, group discussions, student presentations, and writing exercises. It provides an enjoyable and motivating dimension to a university seminar/lab course in Historical Geology and Paleontology. A simple spelling-bee-type game evolves over ten weeks into a room-sized board game based on the geologic time scale. The game helps students learn fossil morphology, identification, classification, and paleoecology while illustrating the occurrences of important fossil groups, sea level fluctuations, and orogenic events through time. It also serves as an effective means for evaluating student progress in the laboratory. Although the game content is designed for geology majors in a university setting, the time scale game board can easily be adapted to a secondary school environment.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-088
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Robert L. Reuss
Tufts University, Department of Geology

Author: Anne F. Gardulski
Tufts University, Department of Geology

Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)