Sedimentary Geologist's Guide to Helping K-12 Earth Science Teachers: Hints, Ideas, Activities and Resources

This guide is for geologists who are interested in getting more involved in earth science education. It includes hints for successful class visits, activities that can be used in classroom visits or given to teachers, short descriptions of field trips and larger-scale education activities, and a list of resources.



Part I: Hints for Successful Class Visits (edited by L.E. Okland)

  Title of "Hint"

The Scientist's Guide to Making Classroom Visits T. Herminghaus and D.G. Shaw 2
Fossils and First Graders L.E. Okland 6
Dinosaurs in the Pre-School and Elementary Classroom R.H. Fluegeman, Jr. 8
Introducing Young People to Geology Through Visits to Geology Departments R.H. Macdonald 10
Lectures for High School Students M.E. Kennedy 12
Career Opportunities in Earth Science: An Important Link for Pre-College Students M.J. Suiter 14
How to Use "The Earth Has a History" in a Classroom Setting A. Palmer 16
How to Get into the Schools L.E. Okland 17

Part II: Activities for Teachers (edited by M.F. Miller)

  Title of Activity

Settling Rates of Different Sediment Sizes M.F. Miller 18
How Round are Grains of Sediment? M.F. Miller 20
Observing Sedimentary Layers M.F. Miller 21
The Quicksand Model J.V. O'Connor 22
Sediment Pollution J.W. Tolhurst 23
The Sediments on the Sea Floor R.B. Jorstad 25
Composition of Clastic Sedimentary Rocks B.W. Jones 28
What is a Geologic Map and How is it Used? G.R. Whittecar 30
Recognizing Rocks from Place to Place R.B. Jorstad 31
Drawing a History of the Earth R.B. Jorstad 34
Modeling Geologic Time J.C. Firebaugh 37
Field Exercise: Stream Flow Dynamics and Sedimentation D.J. Bisaccio 40
Metropolitan Geology M. Mikesh 42
What are Percolation Rates of Sediments? E.T. Schafer, Sr. 43
What Did Dinosaurs Eat? Lessons from a Single Bone? D.J. Davies 44
Geological Sciences for Elementary Grades J.R. Blueford 46

Part III: Field Trips and Larger-Scale Educational Activities (edited by R.H. Macdonald)


Introduction R.H. Macdonald 55
Panning for Gold and Magnetite E.I. Robbins and J.P. Agostino 56
Measuring Longshore Currents E.M. Maurmeyer 58
Fossil Field Trips with Preschool and Kindergarten Children M.A. Johnson and G.H. Johnson 59
Be a Fossil Detective: an Effective Tool in Earth Science Education D.J. Davies 64
Special Programs During the Summer T.W. Broadhead 66
Judging Science Fairs as a Tool to Stimulate Interest and Professionalism in Earth Science M.J. Suiter 70
Teachers Researching Interesting Places for Science (T.R.I.P.S.) C.F. Watts 72
"Science on Seneca" and Other Attempts to Interest Young People in Science D.L. Woodrow 75
Earth Science Education in Anchorage: an Industry-Educational Partnership R.M. Nanney and R.B. Sanders 77
The Denver Earth Science Project M. Barber 78

Part IV: Resources (compiled and edited by Lauret E. Savoy and Steven R. Roof)

Catalogs, Supplies (Government, Non-Commercial) 80
Catalogs, Supplies (Commercial) 82
Curricula and Supplementary Materials 85
National Geology and Science Organizations 87
Earth Science Periodicals of Interest to Science Teachers 89
Earth Science Books 89

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