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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.

Classify the trees/Leaves part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather leaves from various trees on school property, interpret findings, name tree and leaves, journal activity and develop a new "aha" for nature!

Food Chains: Nature's Restaurant part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In these life science activities, students will participate in field observations of living things & do research of animals they observe to create a food chain & present it to the class. Students will participate in a food web simulation game.

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.

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.

Green Space Investigation: from observation to testable questions part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Green Space Investigation will be the opening activity for an introductory unit in Biology. Purpose of the activity is to model scientific thinking and experience how science is conducted using a confined green space adjacent to a classroom. The activity can be conducted with minimal material needs or can develop into a more elaborate investigation.

Geologic Stories: retreating waterfalls and fossils part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on fossiliferous limestone, develop an experimental question, and develop a mental model of local geologic history.

Investigating Processes of Sedimentation in Gravel Pits part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a field investigation where students will explore and observe sediments within a local gravel pit and from their observation create an investigation that will help to determine the nature of the sediments.

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.

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.



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