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Planets Made Real - Creating Size and Distance Scale of Planets in the Student's Community part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom investigation where the students create, in size and distance, a solar system model in proportion to a selected sphere representing the earth.

Subject: Physics:Astronomy:Cosmic Time and Distance, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

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

Best Edible Model of a Cell Contest part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is designed to help students understand the structures and functions of the cell by building a model. The students must also do an oral presentation explaining their model to the class.

Subject: Biology:Cell Biology:Cell Structure

Watersheds Urban and Rural part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students build a model of a watershed, apply water to the model, and explore what happens when elements of the watershed are changed.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Hydrologic cycle

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

Moon Phases Box part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an observation opportunity for students to view the phases of the moon and learn that the juxtoposition of the Earth and moon dictates the appearance of the moon in the sky.

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an activity to help students understand the abstract concept about how planets move around the sun and their relative size compared with other planets in the solar system.

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

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, ,

Balanced Forces part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lecture/activity on force will further a students' understanding of forces on an object, as well as the difference between a balanced and unbalanced forces.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics