Rock your classroom with a mountainous understanding of
earth science topics!
Each workshop is designed to help you better understand and
communicate the geological content presented. You will leave
with useful resources to help your students excel in earth
science, including interesting classroom materials and maybe
even one of our many door prizes. Programs are facilitated
by a professional geophysicist with extensive teaching
experience. Will receive a Heard certificate of completion
of 6-6.5 hours of continuing education in Earth Science.
These classes are heavily subsidized by the Texas Energy
Council, the Dallas Geophysical Society, and the Jim and
Gail Spann Foundation.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30
Teacher Workshop Program Offerings
The 3 Great Rock Classes, the Rock Cycle, and Mineral ID
August 8; $55
Identifying rocks & minerals and understanding the rock
cycle enables man to see Earth’s geologic changes over time,
which is essential to planning our future. Teachers will
discover non-renewable Texas resources which are extensive
(silica, uranium, gypsum, etc.), and, except for fossil
fuels, largely unknown.
Teachers learn useful hands-on ways to indentify classes of
rocks, better understand the rock cycle, and use tools to
identify common minerals.
The included sample kits (labeled rock and mineral samples
(18 of each) plus an innovative laminated rock-cycle poster
provide each participant with examples for use with
supervised practice and in the classroom.
Plate Tectonics and Faulting
August 12; $45
Look at Plate tectonics the way scientists do! You will
examine rock samples and decode their possible role in past
plate movements. Learn the most recent science, and
participate in a hands-on activity to understand how
geoscientists look back in time to understand previous plate
geometries. We will discuss the types of faulting seen on
global and local scales, how to recognize them.
Participants will receive a CD with the useful maps, graphs,
examples, and experiments* used in the class.
Erosion, Weathering, and Soils/Texas in the Past
August 14; $50
Never be confused again about these two complementary
processes when you complete this course. Soils and their
genesis will be discussed. We will use experiments, visit
Museum Sanctuary creek and slope sites, and pictures if
local Texas examples to see E&W in action. We will then
spend some time investigating the rich fossil history of
North Texas, which has been laid bare for us by erosion and
Design your own geologic column using authentic Head
specimens. Then, investigate ecological consequences of sea
level fall and salinity in another fossil exercise. A
15-piece set of interesting authentic local fossils
(identified) plus a CD of slides and examples will be
included for each participant.
*Experiments include: karsting, angle of repose and
differential loading, soil ID using sieves, what soils come
from Heard Limestone
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