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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.

Investigating Earth materials: Collecting and Classifying
mike Kempenich
This activity is a field collection investigation where students gather earth materials and make observations about their collection that leads them to discuss the nature of Earth surface and how it is changing.

Observing,Comparing and Classifying Rocks
Lori Beard Clearbrook-Gonvick School Clearbrook Mn, based on the original activity from the Macmillian/Mcgraw-Hill Teachers manual Earth Science, Page 170-171
This activitiy is a lab experience where students observe, compare and classify rocks. Close examination of a variety of rocks reveals their differences and can also spark questions regarding their origins.

How do rocks compare to soil?
Lori Beard Clearbrook-Gonvick School Clearbrook, Mn. This activity is based from the Macmillan/McGraw Hill Earth Science Teachers Manual page 175.
This activity is a investigation where students observe soil and rocks, record their similarities and differences, interpret their findings, and are guided to develop a new investigable question.

Radioactive Dating: Looking at Half-Lives Using M&Ms
Kathleen Babich, South St. Paul Junior High School, South St. Paul, MN, based on an original activity retrieved from http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/McKinney.html also with the help of Jenni Johansen (other 8th grade science teacher at So. St. Paul Junior High School
This is an activity that students will use M&Ms to gain a better understanding of radioactive dating and half-lives.


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