Reviewed by Diana Wiig
Professor of Science/Mathematics Methods
I loved the first edition of this book, and I respect the revisions made for the sake of clarity and teaching/learning opportunities! This revised book comes at a crucial time; global incidents make its relevancy even more apparent. One aspect of the book that stands out is a new resources section that includes both internet and state resources—a valuable network to have! The addition of Safety Alerts throughout the book keeps the activities safe and allows students to understand science hazards.
The activities are organized around four key concepts, which help students and teachers get a “big picture” view. As in the first edition, the book seeks to involve students in the process of doing geology, not just reading about it. I particularly like the Standards Organizational Matrix. In a few pages, one can see how the activities fit in subject matter, inquiry, technology, and historical contexts—a valuable planning addition! Of particular interest are the ways the book addresses misconceptions (or “preconceptions”) students have concerning geology. As educators, it's important to address the misunderstandings our students (and teachers) bring to the learning environment. This is a must-have book for every teacher of geology!
Review posted on 6/6/2011