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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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