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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

Eye Dropper Rockets part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab activity is designed to have students use their knowledge of balancing and identifying chemcial reactions and apply it in a fun and interesting way!

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Chemical Reactions

Valence Electrons and Trends in the Periodic Table part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will fill in a blank periodic table for elements 1-20 using electron-dot models. As a visual tool students should see several periodic trends.

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Elements & Periodic Table

Sinking Water: A Connection With Glaciers, Ocean Currents and Weather Patterns part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lesson has activities where students will learn about buoyancy and explore how hot water rises and cold water sinks. As an extension and real-life application, students will see that glacial run-off is occurring at a rapid pace and the cold glacial water could potentially change ocean currents thus influencing global climates.

Subject: , Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change

Atoms and Molecules part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Both of these lessons are classroom activities that require students to build models that display understanding of atoms and molecules. One lesson is structured while the other is guided.

Subject: , Chemistry:General Chemistry:Elements & Periodic Table, Bonding & Molecules, Atomic Structure, ,