Plate Tectonics and People

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I chose a case study to highlight the Neat-o Interdisciplinary Idea for this lesson: Forensics. I like introducing the subject of mineralogy this way because I think it is more exciting to see a real-life example of why you might want to know how to classify rocks and minerals rather than just memorizing a list of classifications, vocabulary, and chemical formulas.

While memorization does have its place and studying science does require learning some new vocabulary, putting these ideas into the context of a true story can make learning seem less burdensome and more like a discovery process--don't you agree?

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