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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.

Investigating Karst topography and its connection to SE Minnesota sinkholes and cave formations.
Anne Feist NRHEG Public School New Richland, MN
This activity is a field investigation where students will be able to observe sinkholes located in the southeastern Minnesota area and a cave system in Forestville State Park which will assist them in defining Karst topography.

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 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.

Learning Assessment #8 - Concept Map (2011)
Leslie Reid, University of Calgary; Michelle Speta, University of Alberta
An end of the term, in-class activity that challenges students to synthesize their understanding of the fundamental concepts taught over the course of the semester - plate tectonics, the rock cycle, geologic time ...

Unit 5: Linking Processes Driven By Internal and External Energy Sources
Sue DeBari, Western Washington University
Students use what they have learned in the previous units to link the above-ground part of the rock cycle (driven by the hydrologic cycle, energy from the Sun, and gravity) to the below-ground part of the rock ...

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Geological forces changing the landscape at Minnehaha Falls
Sue Loontjer Our Savior Lutheran Excelsior, MN
This activity is a field investigation of the geological features of Minnehaha Falls, how they have changed and why, how they are changing and what could be done to preserve the falls.

Investigating SE MN Geology including rock layers, fossils, and Karst geology through Quarry Hill Nature Center
Amy Woxland Triton Middle School West Concord, MN 55985 Based on original activity from Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester, MN
This activity is a field investigation where students will increase their knowledge of SE MN geology including rock layers, fossils, and Karst topography. They will also learn how Karst Geology impacts our water quality.

Rock Characteristics Exploration at Minnehaha Falls
Andrea Dugan Nicollet Junior High Burnsville School District, MN based on TIMES XIII
This activity is a field investigation where students observe and develop ideas about rock outcrops and rock characteristics.

Investigating Rocks: Seeing your school's area
Matt Weingartz, Transfiguration School, Oakdale, MN. Based on an original activity from Prentice Hall Textbook, Science Explorer: Earth Science C. 2000
This activity is a lab presentation where students gather data about rocks from their area and hypothesize what the rocks are and where they came from.

Geology of the Grand Canyon: Interpreting its rock layers and formation
Brad Snyder, Maple Grove, MN; partially based on a lesson from the National Geographic website Lesson Plans: "Layers of the Grand Canyon".
In this culminating activity, students will be assessed on what they have learned during the Geology unit of their Earth Science class. After conducting classroom and field studies on geology students will utilize this knowledge to interpret the rock layers and formation of the Grand Canyon. Outside of class students will read/review a website and complete a study guide to be reviewed by the teacher to assess students' learning. Following teacher review of study guides, the next class period(s) will be a discussion and questioning session(s) on the formation of the Grand Canyon.

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