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Evolution, Natural Selection and Speciation part of Examples
In this out of class tutorial, students explore several examples of natural selection and speciation.

Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Biology:Evolution

Translation simulation part of Examples
This module introduces students to the basics behind translation of a messenger RNA sequence into protein. In addition to text and movies, there are interactive shockwave animations that allow students to move ribosomes and tRNAs to perform translation.

Subject: Biology:Molecular Biology

Blue Skies & Sunsets part of Examples
This conceptual model explains why skies are blue and sunsets are red.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric structure and composition, Solar and terrestrial radiation

Visualizing Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The activity walks the students through the processes of Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.

Subject: Biology:Cell Biology:Cell Processes:Metabolism:Respiration, Photosynthesis

Projectile Motion and Gravity part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a mini lab where students see the effects of gravity on objects falling from a resting state and objects projected out from the same level.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics

String Scientific Notation/Metric System Demonstration part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short demonstration on scientific notation by asking students to place numbers on a number line using string and notecards.

Subject: Physics, Mathematics, Geoscience, Chemistry, Biology

Investigation of Newtonian Forces on Plate Tectonics part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This model-making activity gives students an opportunity visualize Newtonian forces acting on a single point as well as combined forces acting to produce synclines and anticlines in Earth's crust. Students will analyze models to interpret findings of plate movements.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Tracking the Sun: Observing the Path of the Sun Throughout the Year part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
As an on-going project, students note the position of the sun by mapping a shadow on the classroom floor. They learn about the earth's tilt and the effect of the sun's light on our seasons.

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Make a Model Fossil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a combination outdoor/indoor lab where students will collect natural materials from the environment and use them to create both a mold and cast model of a fossil. Students will learn how a fossil is formed and why scientists use models to help them understand how things work and develop.

Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology

Animal and Plant Cell Models, Research, 9 M X 9 M Construction, and Cell Tour given to Life Science Students. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students build a 9 M X 9 M model of an animal or plant cell with cell organelles inside it and give cell tours to Life Science students. May be done as two large groups, or a whole class project.

Subject: Biology:Cell Biology:Cell Structure

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