Maps, Fossils, and Place-Based Learning in Georgia!
Dr. Christy Visaggi, Director of Education and Outreach for the Georgia Geographic Alliance, directed a four day Saturday series workshop during the fall of 2014 entitled Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life using Place-Based Learning in K-12 as sponsored by a grant from the Paleontological Society. Teachers participated in lessons in the field and lab, collected specimens for their classrooms, and learned how to make their own maps to explore the history of life in our state using MapMaker Interactive provided by National Geographic. We examined the remains of coal swamps and ancient seas of the Appalachian Plateau and Valley and Ridge, hunted for shark teeth along the Fall Line, and interpreted changing sea levels of the Coastal Plain since the extinction of the dinosaurs. By analyzing how landscapes across the state have changed in the geologic record including the effects of the supercontinent Pangea in forming our physiographic regions, we were able to make connections to natural resources that are so vital to the economy of Georgia as well.
Did you miss the fun? Stop by our mini-session of this place-based learning workshop at the Georgia Science Teachers Association meeting this coming weekend in Macon! We’ll have resources for your classroom and stations to explore in Room 324 of the conference center from 9:00 am – 9:50 am on Saturday, February 7.
Furthermore, if you are interested in a special session and fieldtrip on Teaching Evolution in the Southeast to be held in mid-late March as part the Southeastern Geological Society of America meeting in Chattanooga, apply now for an award opportunity for K-12 educators to earn support to attend these events led by the Southeastern Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. The deadline is February 12 in celebration of the birthday of renowned biogeographer Charles Darwin.