Grotzinger, Understanding Earth, 7e

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LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Understanding Earth.

What resources are available for my students?

From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.



These 50 animations allow students to explore key geologic processes via art from the textbook and audio and textual explanations.



LaunchPad’s e-Book is a complete online version of the textbook with an assortment of media-powered learning tools and a variety of customization options for students and instructors.


Expeditions Videos

Additional Expedition Videos by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University explore real world geological phenomena to further understanding of concepts taught in the book.



Virtual flashcards are provided for key terms. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves.


Google Earth Projects

Google Earth Projects guide students through focused explorations of key geologic locations. Balancing observation, core geologic concepts, geographic awareness, guided inquiry, and active learning, students work through a series of questions aimed at producing a unique and insightful experience. After navigating to the appropriate location and checking their position with the image provided, students may answer the questions that reinforce students’ understanding of what they are seeing, driving them to see what a geologist would see.


Google Earth Tutorial

A guide for Google Earth software that covers the basic functions students will need to complete the projects in the book is available to you and your students.


Image Map Activities

These activities use figures from the text to assess key ideas, helping students develop their visual literacy skills. Students must click the appropriate section(s) of the image and answer corresponding questions.



Based on the latest findings from learning and research, LearningCurve combines powerful adaptive quizzing, personalized study plans, immediate valuable feedback, and state-of-the-art analysis reports. LearningCurve’s unique game-like nature keeps students engaged in the material while helping them learn and remember the concepts. For instructors, LearningCurve is a perfect resource for those looking to flip the class, or for those who would like students to come to class prepared to discuss the content. LearningCurve is tailored to each specific text.


Summative Quizzes

Each chapter includes a summative quiz with pre-loaded questions covering all content learned in the unit. These quizzes are easy to edit and can include instructor-authored questions.


Video Exercises

Video Exercises ask students to view a short video tutorial about real world geological structures then complete a quiz and matching activities to assess understanding. There are over two dozen of these Expeditions in Geology video tutorials available, which have been shot all around the world by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University.


What resources are available for instructors?

From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.


Answers to Chapter Exercises

Answers to Chapter Exercises are provided for you on one convenient Word document per chapter.


Clicker Questions

Clicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.


Image PowerPoint Presentations

Image PowerPoint presentations contain all figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.



Images are a zip file with all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter in JPG format.


Instructor's Resource Manual

The Instructor’s Resource Manual is provided to instructors as PDF files and includes learning objectives, teaching tips, a sample lecture outline, and topics for class discussion.


Lecture PowerPoint Presentations

Lecture PowerPoints are pre-assembled PowerPoint Presentations for the chapter which can be used for lectures, or as an outline for your custom lecture presentations.