This laboratory-based course is a continuation of GEOG 1900 and is specifically designed for prospective elementary teachers. The objectives of the course are to aid students in developing meaningful and functional understanding of key earth science concepts and their interrelations; to provide students with open-ended problems solving environments that facilitate insight in the nature of science as an intellectual activity; to explore alternated conceptions of scientific phenomena; to help students develop more positive attitudes about science and increase their confidence in their ability to do science.
View or download the current course syllabus.
Remember to purchase your course pack from the University Bookstore (at the corner of Howard and West Michigan)!
These are links to websites used in the in-class activities.
These are links to websites that may be useful in working on the group project.
Earth Science Misconceptions
Earth Systems Science Misconceptions
Ten Things You Thought You Knew about Sun-Earth Science
Children's Misconceptions About Weather
Michigan Curriculum Framework (benchmarks)
MI Climb (clarifying language for Michigan Benchmarks)
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Elementary Science
Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS national standards)
DLESE (Digital Library for Earth Systems Education)
Exploring the Environment
USGS Science Resources for Primary Grades
NASA for Educators
NOAA Education: Weather, and Oceans
VolcanoWorld Lesson Plans
Soil Science Education
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