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Layer Cake Geology part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Molly Ward, Museum of the Rockies
This activity visually introduces students to the idea of geologic time and the correlation between time, rock layers and fossils. It uses the familiar, relevant example of cake but teaches important concepts such ...

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Discovering Plate Boundaries part of Teaching Materials Collection
Dale Sawyer, Rice University
Students work collaboratively using data maps to discover plate tectonic boundary processes. Data sets used are earthquakes, volcanos, seafloor age, and topography. The authors below have submitted variations of ...

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Melting ice cubes part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
Mirjam Glessmer, Hamburg University of Technology
Explore how melting of ice cubes floating in water is influenced by the salinity of the water. Important oceanographic concepts like density and density driven currents are visualized and can be discussed on the ...

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The Cosmic Calendar part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
Erika Grundstrom, Vanderbilt University
In this activity, one takes ALL of time, from the beginning of time (i.e., the Big Bang) all the way up to today, but one compresses it into one year. One can do this for all levels of students depending on how ...

Reading Reflections part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Karl Wirth, Macalester College
Reading reflections are submitted online each day before class and after completing a reading assignment. Three short questions guide the student to reflect more deeply on their understanding.

Count the Vowels part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Saundra McGuire
Students are given a list of words and told to count the vowels and turn the sheet over. They are then asked to list the words. When they fail they discover how the words are arranged and find it easy to remember ...

Discovering Plate Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Alison Henning, Rice University
Discovering Plate Boundaries is a classroom activity designed to introduce students to the process of observing and classifying data, in addition to the fundamentals of plate tectonics.

Ontogeny part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Molly Ward, Museum of the Rockies
This activity allows even the youngest of learners to understand what the concept of ontogeny is, relative to humans and also applied to learning about dinosaurs.

Photographs of snow bank structures part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
Audrey Rule, SUNY College at Oswego
This set of photographs was taken in February 2004 in Oswego, New York on the shore of Lake Ontario, an area that receives about five meters of snow each winter because of lake-effect. Prior to photography, a large ...

Mentos and soda eruptions- lessons on explosive volcanic eruptions part of Teaching Materials Collection
Heather Wright, Alison Rust (contact), Kathy Cashman
Students participate in a popular experiment with Mentos candies and soda. This helps them learn about the scientific method, gas saturation, bubble nucleation, and explosive volcanic eruptions.

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