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Assembling a Geologic History
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Through a higher-order integration of concepts and observations, students can combine information from several field labs, all discussed in the Starting Point collection, to construct an overall geologic history of the local region. This site details the learning goals, teaching notes and materials, method of assessment, and context of use of this lab. It also provides links to additional references and resources.

Subject:
Higher Education
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Building-Stone 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.), performed geologic tests on it, read up on its properties, history, and uses, and prepared a paper on it. Part of the way through the project, the entire class held a walking tour, during which each students' building (and its stones) were visited, and the student studying that type of stone told the class what they had found out about it. Building on this context of use, this website describes learning goals, teaching notes and materials, methods of assessment, and additional reference and resource links for this field lab.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Laura Wetzel
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Cemetery Geology
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This field exercise determines the susceptibility of different rocks to weathering, and, using the dates on the tombstones, estimates some weathering rates. Placing the field lab in context for use, this site describes the learning goals, teaching notes and materials, assessment recommendations, and provides links to other resources and references.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - Formation of the Earth
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the formation of Earth. a. C ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - dinosaur extinction
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the extinction of the ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - the fossil record
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the first appearance in the ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Oldest Rocks
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the age of the oldest known ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
11/12/2019
ConcepTest: Rock Ages
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Match the features in the relative time diagram below with the events described in the short sentences. Assume all rocks are sedimentary unless otherwise indicated. What is the best estimate of the age of F if A is ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
11/12/2019
Glacial Geology in the Field
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This lab studies glacial deposits to determine where glaciers come from, how they deposit material, and what glaciation records tell us about glacial processes. Building a context for its use, including links to related field labs, this website details the learning goals of this lab. It includes teaching notes and materials, as assessment recommendation, and links to additional resources and references.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual
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The Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual is highlighted as part of the Starting Point Teaching Collection. This site contains a partially-fleshed-out list of questions and situations dealing with water, minerals, and public policy intended to be incorporated into role-playing activities. It is designed to accompany a course on resource geology or environmental geology. Its message is that access to geological resources depends upon a complex interplay between economic, political, legal, environmental, and geological factors. The suggested exercises require students to gather at least some of the data needed to play their roles. This website describes the learning goals and context of use of this exercise. It also provides teaching notes, a list of necessary teaching materials, assessment hints and additional resources.

Subject:
Education
Geology
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
James Craig
J Rimstid
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Interpreting the History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay
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This is a 2-unit Service Learning option associated with the "Special Topics: The History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay" course. Students will learn about Monterey Bay in the special topics course and will share their knowledge with K-12 grade children at local schools by participating in the Virtual Canyon Project.

Subject:
Education
Natural Science
Ecology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Course instructor: Dr. Steve Moore, California State University, Monterey Bay Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center.
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Listening Together: A Cooperative Learning Listening Exercise with Radio France Internationale
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In this cooperative learning activity, intermediate-level students of French will work in small groups on a language project concerning Alzheimer's Disease and the effect that it has on caregivers. The project begins mainly as a listening activity but ultimately includes all receptive and productive skills.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Laura Franklin
Date Added:
11/11/2019
Marine Environmental Geology
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This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.

Subject:
Natural Science
Biology
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Course taught by Prof. Ed Laine, Bowdoin College (edlaine@bowdoin.edu) and Cathryn Field, Lab Instructor (cfield@bowdoin.edu). Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center (ssavanic@carleton.edu).
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Newsmap-France: Lisons les Manchettes!
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In this Interactive Lecture Demonstration, students will attempt to predict the content of articles on the Health Science pages of French newspapers by reading headlines. They then read the actual articles and reflect on the actual content of the news articles.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Laura Franklin
Date Added:
11/11/2019
Reflection and Absorption of Light
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In this activity, students use a microcomputer connected to a light sensor and temperature probe to explore the reflection and absorption of radiation for different surfaces. Students follow instructions in this guided inquiry based lab and are then asked to design an experiment of their own to either test the reflectivity of sand, soils, water and other materials or to investigate the effect of different surface textures on reflectivity. 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.

Subject:
Education
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Bob Mackay
Gretchen DeMoss
Richard Sorensen
Robyn Johnson
Date Added:
11/12/2019
Starting Out With Earth History
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This activity asks students to place 6-10 events in Earth history on a timeline, first working in small groups and then as a class. Then, through questions, important points such as how certain events are dated, where humanity fits in, and so forth, can be brought up. The Starting Point website builds a context for the exercise by detailing the learning goals, teaching notes and materials (downloadable), and additional resources.

Subject:
Education
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Using Indoor Labs
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Written by Mary Savina of Carleton College "Science labs can be among the richest experiences students have at the university. It is one of the few opportunities students will have to practice science much in ...

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
11/12/2019
Wheel of Geology
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This game activity is meant to help liven up an exam review session. Multiple choice review questions are divided up into categories and students are organized into teams. The instructor spins a wheel to determine what category of question is asked and the teams compete to answer the question. 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.

Subject:
Education
Natural Science
Biology
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geology
Hydrology
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019