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Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a large-scale participatory activity used to prompt students to review what they have learned and to think actively and cooperatively about the connections between the systems we have discussed prior to the ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Surface Water, Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Environmental Science:Ecosystems

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

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

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

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