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Investigating Ponds and Streams: How clean is our water? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on ponds and compare the results to determine the quality of the water.

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.

Make a Model Fossil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a combination outdoor/indoor lab where students will collect natural materials from the environment and use them to create both a mold and cast model of a fossil. Students will learn how a fossil is formed and why scientists use models to help them understand how things work and develop.

Investigating Animals: Interdependence of Life In A Habitat part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will observe, discuss, and gather evidence on how environmental changes affect animals that live in that habitat.

Natural Stream Tables part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation on stream tables.

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.

No Two Snowflakes Are Alike? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a three part lesson looking at snowflakes. Students will study an early scientist who discovered that all snowflakes are different. Students will also research basic characteristics of snowflakes. And finally, they will draw a snowflake of their own trying to incorporate what we learned, and write about what we did and the steps we took to learn about snowflakes.

Comparing Soil Samples from different locations part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field investigation, students compare various soil samples taken from specific locations. Students compare samples, record data, create a chart or graph, and journal.

What Makes Soil? Learning About Our Local Soils part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field/classroom activity where students collect soil samples, form inquiry questions, devise a sorting method, make observations of the contents, record information, share information, and draw conclusions about their findings. Students will generate other inquiry questions related to soil for future learning opportunities.

I Can Forecast the Weather part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an observation where students study clouds and predict the weather.

Glaciers in Our Own Backyard part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a 3-day leasson that involves classroom discussion and field exploration of glacial activity in a school forest.

Minnesota Watersheds part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection

Erosion in Our World part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find real-life examples of erosion in their school surroundings. Students will extend what they learned during stream table lessons about erosion, deposition, deltas, meandering streams, and dams.

TWO TYPES OF JOURNALING BEFORE POND STUDY part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a two part journaling activity prior to an existing week long biology field lab. The journaling activities described here have been added to the beginning of the Pond Study Lab to enhance student learning of observation and quality journaling skills.

What Happens to Water When it Hits the Ground? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will test the percolation rates of 6 different soil samples. Three of the samples are measured sand and clay and three are collected from the schoolyard and wetland.

Investigation erosion in our world part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students go out to a water source and observe erosion that has taken place.

Cloud Inquiry Investigation & I.D. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab and field investigation where students gather data on cloud types and identify properties of cloud formation.

The Art of Observation part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students improve their written observations by using their 5 senses and words that are relatable to others. Create statements that are based on observable facts in the natural world.

How high is BIG? - using an astrolabe part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Use an astrolabe to measure the height of objects, and see seasonal changes over time.

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