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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.

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.

Who Lives Here? : Investigating and Sorting Schoolyard Insects part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students collect bugs using homemade pit traps, sort them into groups, and then graph their results.

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.

Calculating the declination of the sun for elementary students part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will observe the patterns of apparent motion of the sun using simple tools.

Effectiveness of MN dams in water retention/ Efectividad de represas en Minnesota con respecto a la retencion de agua part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field trip investigation where students gather stream flow, volume, depth & height (area) data on Ramsey County dams (Keller and Round lake), interpret their findings and make in-depth observations in order to assess the effectiveness of dams through the season and estimate the life-spam of the dams in years.

Investigating Stream Characteristics and Discharge: An Interdisciplinary Approach part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a interdisciplinary field investigation where students will form observations and make calculations about stream characteristics and stream flow.