Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010)
Paper No. 38-1
Presentation Time: 8:00 AM-12:05 PM

THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GEOLOGICAL ENRICHMENT EDUCATION FOR FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS AT CLINTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FEUERSTEIN, Lisa K. and DOMACK, Cynthia R., Geosciences Department, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323, cdomack@hamilton.edu

A five-week geology enrichment program was designed and implemented for a group of twenty-four fourth grade students enrolled at Clinton Elementary School in Clinton, New York. The curriculum was self-designed and incorporated both New York State and national science standards for the fourth grade level. The program encompassed five main topics in geoscience including mineralogy, a combination of volcanology and plate tectonics, meteorology, paleontology, and planetary geology. A diverse array of teaching methods were developed to communicate the information and to encourage student participation in each topic of discussion. These methods included hands-on laboratory work, classroom activities with supplementary worksheets, group discussions, lectures, demonstrations, active note taking, the examination of specimen samples, daily handouts, and optional homework assignments. Although this program was completed with students at the fourth grade level, it could be implemented with equal success in third and fifth grade classrooms. Educators could also easily modify and adjust classroom activities and geology units to accommodate any monetary or temporal limitations of the educational setting.

Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 38--Booth# 25
Geoscience Education and History (Posters)
Sheraton Baltimore City Center: International ABCDF
8:00 AM-12:05 PM, Monday, 15 March 2010

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 113

© Copyright 2010 The Geological Society of America (GSA), all rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to the author(s) of this abstract to reproduce and distribute it freely, for noncommercial purposes. Permission is hereby granted to any individual scientist to download a single copy of this electronic file and reproduce up to 20 paper copies for noncommercial purposes advancing science and education, including classroom use, providing all reproductions include the complete content shown here, including the author information. All other forms of reproduction and/or transmittal are prohibited without written permission from GSA Copyright Permissions.