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What makes things move? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry approach to teaching what force is. Students will learn what push, pull, gravity, and friction are.

The Science of Puddles part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation of puddles where students gather data and record their findings.

Our Big Backyard part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students venture out into their own backyard to observe and record data on living things and see how these things change throughout the seasons.

YOU are a scientist part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will discover that everyone can be a scientist.

Introduction to Nature Journaling part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will learn the importance of detail when nature journaling.

Introduction to Nature Journaling part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will learn the importance of detail when nature journaling.

Investigating Our Surroundings: Observing the Outdoors part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This first grade field and classroom activity leads students to discover their natural world through observation and measurement.

Dissecting Soil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find out what makes up soil.

Dissecting Soil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find out what makes up soil.

2-Day Investigating Soil Samples: observing and identifying soils part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation where students collect and investigate soil samples and describe the soils, looking for similarities and differences. Students develop a method of recording the data colleted and can present the information gathered.

Observing Leaves and descriptive writing part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity students will explore leaves using inquiry and their senses.

Connecting the story "Diary of a Worm" to a daily activity diary part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity, you will read the book "Diary of a Worm" and then your students will create their own diary.

Prairie Life: Observation and Recording of Plant and Animal Life part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field exploration where students observe, record and share their findings of plant and animal life on the prairie.

Investigating Minnesota Tree Leaves part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
During the leaf activities the students will compare, contrast, classify, categorize, identify attributes, learn art techniques and learn about the importance of trees.

Pond Insect Investigation part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity students learn about the life cycles of many aquatic insects and then on a fieldtrip collect and analyze samples of pond life.

What Is Water? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
What Is Water? is an introductory lesson that introduces students to the properties of water and its presents in the environment.

Identifying Clouds part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Hands-on group activity in where children go outside to find clouds, document with pictures, and identify them.

Is It an Insect? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is designed to further develop students' understanding of the characteristics of insects. Students will be sorting insects from non-insects that they themselves find in a sample of pond water.

Introduction to the Milk Weed Ecosystem part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry and field study based. Students will be trying to observe, document, compare, contrast, and communicate what information they were able to gather. The will use this information to make in inference about the organisms they have found and classify them as either an insect or not an insect.

Classroom Phenology: Using the Environment as a Source of Data and Observations part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom and schoolyard investigation where students collect daily temperature and precipitation readings, weather observations, and weekly phenology reports in a phenology binder and in nature journals. Students then analyze this data and compare to recorded values in the Weatherguide calendar.

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