Learn how to use
hands-on inquiry-based lessons to teach about the astronomy and space
science concepts in the
As an introduction to the Earth Sciences, participants will learn about the formation and composition of Earth materials, processes that shape the Earth, and the nature of Earth Science. Concepts in the course include the identification and properties of rocks and rock-forming minerals, processes leading to the formation and alteration of earth materials through weathering, erosion, deposition, metamorphism, melting, crystallization, geomorphological relationships to these materials and processes, and how these materials and features develop through time. Concepts and activities will be unified through an introduction to plate tectonic processes including plate margins, paleomagnetism, and related hazards. Field experiences, hands-on/minds-on activities, and engaging interactive lectures/discussions are standard for this course. Concepts are related to Virginia's Standards of Learning for Earth Science (ES 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10). Instructional text, materials, and field trip expenses are provided. This course, or an equivalent course, is a prerequisite to Geology II: Geology of Virginia.
Physical Geology or a comparable
course is a prerequisite for this course. Expand and extend your knowledge
of geology through a study of the geology and geologic history of
Creating Virtual Field Trips
Integrating New Technologies in the Earth Sciences: A Web-Based Class
Engage your students in the technologies used by Earth Science professionals and increase their understanding of concepts through real world examples. Major topics include remote sensing and image processing, real time and real-world data, computer simulations and 3-D modeling, GPS and GIS, graphing calculator-based labs, and web-based collaborative projects. Participants will receive CD-ROMS, a CBL-2, sensors and lab book. GPS units and digital cameras are available for loan. This course is a distance learning course with two face-to-face meetings. The content is divided into four modules that cover skills, educational examples, research examples, applications, and institutional effectiveness, as well as a collaborative project.
Concepts include the Earth's heat budget and global wind
patterns, weather vs. climate, radiation, convection, cloud formation, the
hydrologic cycle, vertical structure of the atmosphere, orographic effects
on weather, severe weather, the influence of life (microbial, human) and
geologic processes on atmospheric composition and temperature through
geologic times, comparison of the atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and Venus.
The majority of this course will be through the Internet, with participants
meeting for several face-to-face sessions during the course. Participants will
utilize real-time and near real-time data, engage in hands-on activities,
and interact with weather professionals. The course will feature
applications of experimental design to meteorology and an examination of
current understandings of climate change and how these understandings
reveal the nature of the scientific enterprise and scientific knowledge.
Concepts are related to
See how the disciplines of geology, chemistry, physics and
biology are integrated in the study of the oceans. Through a blend of
lecture, lab and field experiences learn about the tectonic evolution of
the ocean basins, hypsography of the sea floor, heat capacity of the oceans
and influence on maritime climates, waves, tides, influence of winds on
surface currents, upwelling, relationships
between sea level change and climate and tectonic changes, influence of
temperature and salinity and density and deep water circulation, coastal
geology, marine ecosystems, controls on marine sedimentation, microfossils
and ancient oceans, and marine resources. Hands-on and computer-simulated
labs and an intense 3-day sea and shore-based experience at the Virginia
Institute of Marine Sciences Field Station on the
Teaching Earth Science Topics to Special Education Students
If you are a special education teacher or an earth science teacher that works in a classroom, then join us to expand your ability to work effectively with special needs students. Increase your earth science content knowledge by experiencing a variety of hands-on computer-based activities related to Virginia’s Standard of Learning for Earth Science. Learn appropriate differentiation strategies for various special education students, slow learners, and poor readers.