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From Grid to Home part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
Lisa Gardiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Marie Johnson, United States Military Academy; Jonathan Hoffman, University of Wyoming
This one-period classroom activity is designed to have students analyze energy use, cost, and source patterns from household to regional scales and relate these patterns to CO2 emissions. This idea was generated at ...

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Layer Cake Geology part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Molly Ward, Museum of the Rockies
This activity visually introduces students to the idea of geologic time and the correlation between time, rock layers and fossils. It uses the familiar, relevant example of cake but teaches important concepts such ...

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Measuring Dinosaur Speed from Trackways part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Bret Bennington, Hofstra University
This activity demonstrates how measurements taken from fossil trackways can be used to estimate the speed at which extinct animals were moving when they made the trackways, providing students the opportunity to ...

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Interpreting Fossil Assemblages part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Diana Boyer, SUNY College at Oswego
This assignment is a synthesis of many of the skills learned throughout the course from taxonomic identification to paleoecological interpretations.

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Systematics of some enigmatic part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Temple University
Students and instructor work through a guided exercise to construct a character matrix and cladograms describing relationships between different types of paper clips. Students then break into small groups to ...

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Trial by fire in the vertebrate graveyard part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Temple University
Students work through a series of stations displaying isolated bones, and answer short-answer questions designed to introduce them to formulating and defending hypotheses concerning anatomical and taxonomic ...

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Life Mode Characteristics part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Steve Hageman, Appalachian State University
This exercise provides a standardized format that can be used to describe the life mode and its characteristics for most any organism or group of organisms.

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Are You Smarter Than a Dinosaur? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Students investigate the intelligence of dinosaurs by comparing the relative size of brain and body mass to living animals.

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Fossil/modern mole phylogeny part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Samantha Hopkins
Students code characters from fossil taxa to add to an existing morphological phylogenetic analysis of moles. This activity is original research; the fossil taxa have never before been included in a phylogenetic ...

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Caminalcule Phylogenetic Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Bill Ausich, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Imaginary creatures (caminalcues) are used as an introduction to the methods, assumptions, and conclusions of phylogenetic analysis.

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