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Investigation MN Geology: Identifying evidence for volcanism in Waite Park Quarries. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This field investigation of bedrock geology allows students to make observations, form questions, and conduct research to identify the evidence for volcanism in Minnesota.

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.

Stream Study: An Investigation of an Aquatic Ecosystem part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field study where students gather data on a stream based upon their protocol. They will correlate their data with another group and present their results to the class. They will develop and defend in class a new experimental question for a spring study.

Investigating geologic features and processes: A field investigation for earth science students at Leif Erickson Park, Duluth, Minnesota. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students observe and interpret the rocks types, geologic features, and processes typical to the north shore of Lake Superior. Students use their data to develop questions that could be further investigated and to predict the sequence of events leading to the formation of these rocks and features.

Making Sense of Macroinvertebrates part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather and observe macroinvertebrates in a pond system. From their initial observations, students will formulate a question and test procedures.

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.

Backyard Science...The Five Senses part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lesson uses centers to reinforce the five senses incorporating backyard science in the wonderful world of nature.

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.

Calculation of Stream Discharge part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This lab is a field oriented exercise that visits two sites on the same stream to calculate stream discharge. It illustrates the influences of stream cross-sectional area on discharge and the resistance of bedrock ...

Fluvial Processes Project - Analysis of Redwood Creek Field Data part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This exercise is intended to give student experience using field data they collected to analyze the fluvial processes that occur in Redwood Creek, and the landforms that result.

Monument Creek hydraulics project part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This is a several-part field and computer-based project that involves students in measurement of stream-channel geometry, basic stream-hydraulics calculations, and flood-frequency analysis. Its primary strengths ...

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Build a Delta! part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This is a 3-part lab that allows new geomorphology students to experience first-hand the scientific method by investigating the processes and results of river-delta formation.

Evidence for Active Tectonics in local watersheds-Fluvial geomorph part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
In this lab, student analyze imagery from fieldtrip sites to identify fluvial geomorphic and tectonic processes.

Field Exercise: Caddy Canyon Debris Flow(s) part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This exercise focuses on field observation and analysis of a debris flow that occurred near our campus in 2002. The strengths of the exercise are its emphasis on field observation, data collection, and synthesis of ...

Hypothesis Testing through Field Investigation of Mystery Mounds part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students formulate and test a hypothesis that addresses the potential processes involved in forming or subsequently shaping an unknown geomorphic feature, in this case mima mounds or patterned ground. Students gain ...

Diagnosing Landslide Hazard part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students investigate an active complex landslide with the purpose of characterizing the risk to nearby infrastructure. Students gain experience with field observation, mapping, and report writing. In addition, ...

Pinnacle Mountain Field Project part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students collect, analyze, and interpret field data and identify and read literature on the possible origins of the block-fields on Pinnacle Mountain, central Arkansas.

The geomorphology of home part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
In this lab, students read and interpret 1) peer-reviewed literature, 2) LIDAR-derived hillshade maps, and 3) the landscape itself to better understand the geomorphology of their local urban/suburban environment ...

Weather and seasonal cycles part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather weather cycle data on seasons and climate. They will graph their observations, share with others and connect weather and seasons together.



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