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Pre-Assessment: Gauging Students Preparedness for Sedimentary Geology

The site, Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty, continues to receive high marks and a great deal of praise, and this resource follows in that established tradition. Created by Lawrence D. Lemke of Wayne State University, this exercise helps educators assess the current state of students" educational background as it applies to sedimentary geology. As Lemke notes in the introduction, he...

https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/sedimentary/activiti...
National Park Service, Nature & Science: Teacher Resources

The National Park Service has developed this exemplary set of educational resources which draws on their greatest assets, namely national parks from Maine to Utah. The materials are specifically designed for teaching geology, but it's easy to see how these items could be incorporated into general science classes. The main area on their homepage features over a dozen teacher guides and park...

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geology-concepts.htm
Normal Faults in Sand in a Shoe Box

A great deal can be learned by observing a sand box, and this delightful instructional resource offers ample proof. This resource was developed by Betsy D. Torrez of Sam Houston State University and it is designed to help students use sandbox models "to investigate the characteristics of normal faults and parameters that influence their development." The resource is intended for use by students in...

https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure04/activiti...
Earth Revealed

What goes on during an earthquake? Who came up with the theory of plate tectonics? What can the fossil record tell us about the evolution of life on Earth? These are all fine questions, and students and educators with a thirst for geological knowledge will find the answers to these (and many more) questions in the "Earth Revealed" television series. Offered as part of the Annenberg Media website,...

https://www.learner.org/series/earth-revealed/
Minerals in the Biosphere

Bringing together the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the lithosphere can be a formidable challenge. This classroom activity created by H. Catherine W. Skinner of Yale University manages to do that quite elegantly, and it is one that geology teachers will want to try out in their own classrooms. In this activity, students will be presented with the opportunity to explore the natural processes that...

https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health04/activities/...
Utah Geological Survey: Teaching Geology Resources

From Arches National Park to the towering cliffs at Castle Rock Campground, Utah has some remarkable geology on display. The Utah Geological Survey decided to draw on these fantastic "outdoor laboratories" and create a set of resources designed for science educators. While some of the resources are geared towards users in Utah, many of the sections contain helpful overviews that will help all...

https://geology.utah.gov/teachers/
Structural Geology Resources

The Cutting Edge group at Carleton College has created a number of fine teaching resources for college-level instructors working across the geological sciences, and this website is no exception. This particular area of their larger site is primarily intended for educators who teach structural geology. As visitors scroll through the site, they will find thematic areas that include links to computer...

https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure/index.html
The Perkins Geology Museum at the University of Vermont

With sponsorship from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and other organizations, The Perkins Geology Museum at the University of Vermont has been able to expand their online offerings in recent years. Most visitors will want to make sure and look over the "Perkins Digital Archive" and the "Landscape Change Program" sections. In the "Perkins Digital Library" area, visitors can make their...

https://www.uvm.edu/perkins
Teaching Geology

This rather remarkable website contains a great collection of resources for web-based instruction and demonstrations of geology concepts. The collection includes, under Classroom demonstration, the very useful SeisMac 3.0, which is an application for Mac OS X that turns a laptop computer into a " low-resolution strong-motion accelerometer," or a basic seismograph. It works by accessing the...

https://www.colorado.edu/geologicalsciences/
Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences

Those in the know are aware that when educators from the Midwest convene, good things are bound to happen. That is most certainly the case with this set of resources for teaching quantitative skills, which arose from a series of workshops held over the past few years and from faculty editors and staff at the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. Visitors will want to peruse such...

https://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/index.html
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