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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Sky Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This lesson teaches basic astronomical concepts such as the astronomical meaning of the day, year, and seasons through choreographed bodily movements and positions that provide educational sensory ...

NSDL.org - National Science Digital Library part of SERC Web Resource Collection

he National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is a national network of digital envirionments dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning for all ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Kara Salazar Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Earth and Environmental Science - The Lilly ARBOR Project is an urban riparian restoration project designed for use as an outdoor ...

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.

An Investigation into Geologic Mapping: Quarry Park part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students geologically map a defunct granite quarry in Saint Cloud Minnesota'sr Quarry Park.

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.

Student Created Landform Maps with Glacial Emphasis part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students learn glacial landforms and create a landform map including a location grid (eg. position A2) and map key.

Investigating Lava Flows and Their Imapct on Shoreline Features part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short Description This activity is a field investigation where students construct a diagram of a lava flow from top to bottom based on observations made in the field and then attempting to make connections between the lava flow features and the resulting shape of the shoreline of Lake Superior.

Minnesota's Natural Resources part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lesson students will learn about Minnesota's natural resources, particularly iron ore.

Tracking the Sun: Observing the Path of the Sun Throughout the Year part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
As an on-going project, students note the position of the sun by mapping a shadow on the classroom floor. They learn about the earth's tilt and the effect of the sun's light on our seasons.

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.

Planets Made Real - Creating Size and Distance Scale of Planets in the Student's Community part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom investigation where the students create, in size and distance, a solar system model in proportion to a selected sphere representing the earth.

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.

Phenology and Weatherguide Calendar part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field observation and also an in-class discussion/share. Students share observations made outside and are aware of changes in the natural world.

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

A Rocking Walking Tour: Investigating Architectural Rocks in downtown St. Paul, MN part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a guided inquiry field investigation in an urban setting. This investigation focuses on making observations, recording information, asking questions, and identifying the types of rocks used on buildings in downtown St. Paul, MN.

Mapping the Glaciers part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This earth systems field lab begins with an in-class guided inquiry experience which uses Minnesota Geological Survey 3-D maps of the upper Midwest to determine where they believe glaciers may have had an influence. They will determine this by looking at landscapes and compiling their own evidence from the maps. They will also offer evidence for a hypothesis they generate which involves the direction that the glacier was traveling. The two-day lesson ends (after student presentations on their findings about glaciers) with a field investigation of one of our parking lot snow banks. Students will compare and contrast what they know about glaciers, with one of our parking lot snow banks, determining any similarities with how the landscape may have appeared during the Pleistocene.


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