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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.

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.

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.

Geologic Field Investigation: Investigating Coastal Features of Western Lake Superior, Inferring Possibilities of their Origins
Paul Davis
This geologic investigation will have students observing and investigating coastal features of Western Lake Superior using inquiry-based investigable questions, and inferring possibilities of the coastal features' origins.

Mineral Density: Teaching accuracy, slope, and percent error in the Earth science classroom
Mary Colson Horizon Middle School Moorhead, MN
This activity is a lab investigation in which students make mass/volume measurements of several samples of the same mineral to determine the mineral's density. Students graph their data and make the connection between their qualitative understanding of what density is and the mathematical/graphical representation of density.

A Rocking Walking Tour: Investigating Architectural Rocks in downtown St. Paul, MN
Jill Baumtrog
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.


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