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K-12 Mapping Activities

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Sea Level Rise part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students will learn the difference between sea ice and glaciers in relation to sea level rise. They will create and explore topographic maps as a means of studying sea level rise ...

Tropical Atlantic Aerosols part of CLEAN Collection

Students will use real satellite data to determine 1) where the greatest concentrations of aerosols are located during the course of a year in the tropical Atlantic region and 2) their source of ...

Ocean Currents and Sea Surface Temperature part of CLEAN Collection

In this classroom activity, students access sea surface temperature and wind speed data from a NASA site, plot and compare data, draw conclusions about surface current and sea surface temperature, ...

Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students learn about how climate change is affecting the Arctic ecosystem and then investigate how this change is impacting polar bear populations. Students analyze maps of Arctic ...

Aerial Photography and Mapping Lesson Plan: Images of Katrina part of CLEAN Collection

This activity from NOAA Ocean Service is about using aerial photographs to assess the impact of extreme weather events such as Hurricane Katrina. The activity features aerial views of Biloxi, MS ...
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Energy For You part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students explore what types of energy resources exist in their state by examining a state map to identify the different energy sources in their state, including the state's ...

Climographs: Temperature, Precipitation, and the Human Condition part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students learn how to read, analyze, and construct climographs. These climographs are a graphic way of displaying monthly average temperature and precipitation. Students also ...

Investigating Weather and Climate with Google Earth part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students use Google Earth to explore global temperature changes during a recent 50 - 58 year period. They also explore, analyze, and interpret climate patterns of 13 different ...
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Mt. Pinatubo and the Atmosphere part of CLEAN Collection

In this lesson, students explore several facets of the impact of volcanic eruptions on the atmosphere. Students analyze three types of visual information: a graph of aerosol optical depth v. global ...

Using Inquiry to Discover Stream Formations In a Small Stream part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry based field investigation where students measure and map a small stream and then develop an understanding of the formation of a variety of small stream features.

Uncovering Plate Tectonics part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a guided investigation into the process of plate tectonics and resulting features. It's a look at the resulting effects which we see as volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountains.

Investigating the Geologic History of Southeast Minnesota by Constructing a Geologic Column part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on rock types and geologic formations to construct a geologic column that will help them to interpret the geologic history of the Cannon Falls area.

Mapping Your World part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an investigative introduction to mapping. Students create maps and determine important map features.

Disasters to Nature: Sensitivity of Ground-Water Systems to Pollution part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will observe three areas with high sensitivity to pollution, and test water quality in two of the locations.

Interdependence of Life: How an ecosystem responds to change part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This field activity asks students to examine and interpret a given environmental site where a disturbance (fallen tree, beaver dam etc.) has taken place.

The Minnesota River Valley Rocks!: An outdoor observational investigation in the landscape and rocks along the MN River Valley part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This outdoor investigation involves students observing, recording, comparing and pondering the differing landscapes and rocks located along a river. Follow-up class sessions involve student generation of investigable questions, student-generated studies with required write-up and a mapping activity.

Stream Study: Assessing the relative health of streams by macro-invertebrate collection and Identification part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on stream health by collecting macro-invertebrates at three different locations and then develop an experimental question through land use and topographic map research to explain differences in water quality.

GeoGlitz: An Intensive Geological Survey of the Land at a Specific Location part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather geological information of a designated area and identify the geological features they documented.

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

Where shall we go swimming? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a water study investigation showing how biotic and abiotic factors are influenced by human activity.


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