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Investigating Minnesota Rocks: The Properties of North Shore Rocks
Jean Karschnia, Valley Crossing Community School, Woodbury, MN. based on an activity from MnSTEP Elementary Earth Science Course, June 2008.
This activity is a guided inquiry where students develop questions around a group of rocks, use their observation skills to describe the attributes, record and analyze their findings, and use their data, in conjunction with available resources, to categorize the rocks .

Investigating Rocks
Leah Bulver
In this classroom guided inquiry lesson, students will explore the properties of rocks. Students will make observations of granite and develop a hypothesis explaining what makes a rock.

Relative Time Application and Synthesis Exercise
David Steer, The University of Akron
This classroom activity is a formative assessment that explores the degree to which students can apply relative time principles and synthesize that information with concepts related to the rock cycle.

Collecting and Identifying Rocks
Linda Harvey, Marquette Catholic School, Virginia,MN

In this activity students will observe and investigate rocks in order to classify them in terms of color, shape, texture and size.
Kathleen Oliver Webster Magnet Elementary School St. Paul, MN 55104
In this activity students will observe and investigate rocks in order to classify them in terms of color, shape, texture and size.

Looking at Minnesota Geology
Renee Suess, Kaleidoscope Charter School, Otsego MN used with the Foss Kit, Pebbles,Sand and Silt
This activity is used to help students describe various rock types.

Indentification of Earth Materials
Matthew Dahmen
By presenting the students with fossils and other earth materials and giving clues as to their origin, they will be able to identify the fossils and materials and be able to form a hypothesis as to how they were formed and what it was before preservation.

Soil vs. Rocks
Ama Xiong, Ames Elementary School, Saint Paul, MN Based on an original activity from the FOSS Kit, Pebbles, Sand, & Silt.
This lesson will extend the learning on rocks with the Foss kit, Pebbles, Sand, and Silt to include soil. Students will perform the soil sifting activity like the one designed for rocks in the Foss it. Through their work, students will complete a Venn diagram of soil and rocks as a class.

The Rivers that Connect Us- Stories from the Land
Ashley Riesgraf, Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury, MN
This activity takes students through the historical and geological events that shaped the areas near the Minnesota and Mississippi river confluence.

Creating understanding how metamorphic rock is formed
Adapted by Sherrie Seidensticker, Jeffers Pond Elementary, Prior Lake Minnesota, adapted from the book titled 204 Sticky, Gloopy, Wacky, and Wonderful Experiments by Janice VanCleave's.
This activity gives a visual representation of how we are able to see the different layers of metamorphic rocks.

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