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Unit 2: Fluvial Processes that Shape the Natural Landscape
Julie Monet, California State University-Chico
In this unit, students examine the interaction between the hydrologic cycle and rock cycle through exploring the processes of weathering, erosion, transport and deposition of sediments both in real stream systems ...

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

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.

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.

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.

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