ERIC Number: ED365555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Ocean Drilling Simulation Activity.
Telese, James A.; Jordan, Kathy
The Ocean Drilling Project brings together scientists and governments from 20 countries to explore the earth's structure and history as it is revealed beneath the oceans' basins. Scientific expeditions examine rock and sediment cores obtained from the ocean floor to learn about the earth's basic processes. The series of activities in this curriculum plan is to simulate some of the activities that would be involved in a scientific expedition. Through cooperative learning groups, students plan and operate a 2-month internationally staffed expedition. Students analyze data that were actually collected during an expedition. The curriculum plan is an interdisciplinary approach to learning about plate tectonics and incorporates decision-making, along with mathematics, geography, and writing skills. As they participate in the simulation, students gain an understanding of how international cooperation is used to study the earth. An outline of the ocean drilling simulation describes activities that: (1) establish the planning committee; (2) develop a cultural awareness of participating countries; (3) develop mapping skills; (4) elaborate on the scientific investigations of the simulation; (5) discuss problems encountered; and (6) evaluate the simulation. (MDH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Environmental Education, Geology, Grade 8, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Map Skills, Oceanography, Plate Tectonics, Problem Solving, Science Education, Simulation, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Coll. of Education.