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The Amazing Race Geocache part of Activities
This hands on activity sends participants along a pre-determined course, using handheld GPS units, clues, and math skills to search out visual locations. Students compete in teams using basic functions of a Garmin ...

Mapping Bedrock Outcrops with Stride & Compass and a GPS Unit in a soil and forest mantled landscape part of Activities
Students take a two mile hike along a trail in a forest and map bedrock exposures. The project takes place over a few days. Students will need 2-3 hours to collect the data in the field, and another 2-3 hours to ...

Researching, constructing, and testing (student made) Solar Ovens part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity requires students to research, design, construct, and test a solar oven. Students will collect data from their own individual oven to combine with research of "real-life" solar ovens in an activity ending scientific paper.

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.

Outcrop Investigation: What can our rocks tell us about the past? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students reconstruct parts of Winona's Paleozoic environment through observations of a local outcrop and the application of basic geologic principles.

Investigating how terrain and watersheds are connected part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity students will gain an understanding of how terrain affects a watershed. Students will use maps and Google Earth to "get a picture" of the terrain within their watershed. They will use this knowledge to create an investigation of their stream which will help answer student generated questions about the connection of terrain and water systems.

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.

Exploring Sugarloaf Cove: Investigating the Geology of Lake Superior's North Shore. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students make observations of the pebble beach, lava flows, and wetland restoration at Sugarloaf Cove to generate questions to be addressed throughout the earth science curriculum.

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.

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 the rate of weathering on various rock types. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will make observations of weathering on different rock types in a cemetery. Students will also make observations of rock types of the Minneopa Falls.

Investigating sedimentary rock deposition and weathering in Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
A field investigation to the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves of northern Wisconsin along Lake Superior in the winter. Students will investigate deposition of sedimentary rocks and weathering of the rocks to produce sea caves.

Geological forces changing the landscape at Minnehaha Falls part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation of the geological features of Minnehaha Falls, how they have changed and why, how they are changing and what could be done to preserve the falls.

Geologic Field Investigation: Investigating Coastal Features of Western Lake Superior, Inferring Possibilities of their Origins part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This geologic investigation will have students observing and investigating coastal features of Western Lake Superior using inquiry-based investigable questions, and inferring possibilities of the coastal features' origins.

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.

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.

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.

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