Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience

The Starting Point collection consists of resources found within the Starting Point website to support teaching entry-level undergraduate geoscience of all types. The collection includes modules on instructional methods that make up the Starting Point site. Examples demonstrate ways of using these methods in geoscience courses and laboratories, and the websites referenced in the site that provide additional information and resources. The collection includes resources that span the needs of faculty and graduate students in designing, developing, and delivering entry-level undergraduate courses in the geosciences. It consists primarily of instructional materials and activities, annotations and materials supporting the use of instructional materials and activities, information on instructional methods and issues in teaching customized for geoscientists, primary sources, review articles, summaries and bibliographies pertaining to pedagogy, assessment, issues in teaching, course development and management, and learning science.

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ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #1
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Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring ...

Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Where is a passive continental margin located? a. A b. B

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Education
Physics
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Relative Time Diagram #1
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Match the features in the relative time diagram below with the events ...

Match the features in the relative time diagram below with the events described in the short sentence. Assume all rocks are sedimentary unless otherwise indicated. Which is the oldest rock unit? a. A b. B c. C d. D ...

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Magnetic Polarity at Oceanic Ridge #1
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The figure below represents a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. ...

The figure below represents a magnetic profile across an oceanic ridge system. Which pairs of letters indicate matching intervals of reverse polarity. a. A, H b. B, G c. C, F c. G, H

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Relative Layer Age #1
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Examine the image below and determine which layer is oldest. Image courtesy ...

Examine the image below and determine which layer is oldest. Image courtesy of Alexandra Moore, Cornell University a. Layer 1 b. Layer 2 c. Layer 3

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Earth's Radiation Budget: Part 1
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In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation ...

In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) data archived at the IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library. This archive is complete with visualization tools for easy assessment and visualization of large data sets. Students also use photometers and light sources to work through several hands-on activities related to basic radiation concepts. 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.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Bob Mackay
Columbia University Earth and Environmental Science Faculty
Sea Floor Spreading 1
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This SERC Starting Point site presents an introductory tutorial on Excel for ...

This SERC Starting Point site presents an introductory tutorial on Excel for students with no prior Excel experience. The tutorial is based on the geodynamics Model equation for ocean depth around a sea-floor spreading center. This site explains learning goals, context for use, teaching tips and materials, assessment, and offers resources related to the exercise.

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Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Activity and Starting Point page by R.M. MacKay. Clark College, Physics and Meteorology.
Cathy Manduca
ConcepTest: Cooling History of Magma #1
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The lines shown on the idealized graph below illustrate the cooling histories ...

The lines shown on the idealized graph below illustrate the cooling histories for the four magmas listed below, i.e., the lines illustrate how magma temperature decreased with time. What rock is best represented by ...

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Education
Geoscience
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Assessment
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Stream Discharge Gauges #1
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Four stream gauging station locations are shown on the adjacent map (A, ...

Four stream gauging station locations are shown on the adjacent map (A, B, C, D). Assume the bedrock and topography is similar for each stream system. Predict which station will record the greatest discharge? a. A ...

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Education
Geoscience
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Assessment
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Worldwide Applications of Tectonic Theory #1
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Review the map of the plates below and identify which two locations ...

Review the map of the plates below and identify which two locations are moving farther apart due to plate motions? a. B & C b. F & G c. D &H d. E & M

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Plate Motion and Effect on Cities #1
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Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of ...

Review the map of the plates below and identify which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics. a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Cape Town and ...

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Ocean Salinity #1
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How would the salinity of the oceans vary if the continents and ...

How would the salinity of the oceans vary if the continents and oceans each covered 50% of Earth's surface and precipitation and evaporation were similar to present? a. salinity would be lower than today b. ...

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Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Divergent Plates #1
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Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a ...

Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a plate boundary. Based on the current plate tectonic setting, location Y is moving toward ____? a. A b. B c. C d. D

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Question of the Day: Ocean Waves #1
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Sketch a simple diagram of an ocean wave and label its crest, ...

Sketch a simple diagram of an ocean wave and label its crest, trough, and wavelength. You are in a boat and you have a stop watch. How do you measure the period of the ocean waves passing beneath you? What ...

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Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Stream Profile #1
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The diagram below depicts the profile of a stream from its headwaters ...

The diagram below depicts the profile of a stream from its headwaters to its mouth. Compared to the headwaters area, the gradient near the mouth is _________. a. higher b. lower c. about the same

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Education
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: World Oceans #1
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Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer ...

Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. Which of the locations best represents a passive continental margin? a. A b. B c. C d. D

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Education
Physics
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Hydrologic Cycle #1
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The following diagram illustrates the Hydrologic Cycle. Match the arrow being considered ...

The following diagram illustrates the Hydrologic Cycle. Match the arrow being considered with the process it represents. Arrow 1 best represents what process? a. evaporation b. precipitation c. transpiration d. ...

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Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Rock Cycle Temperature Profile #1
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The graph below illustrates how the temperature changed with time for part ...

The graph below illustrates how the temperature changed with time for part of the rock cycle. Which of the following is best represented by the graph? a. sediment is lithified to form sedimentary rock b. ...

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Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience