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Stream Study: Assessing the relative health of streams by macro-invertebrate collection and Identification part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on stream health by collecting macro-invertebrates at three different locations and then develop an experimental question through land use and topographic map research to explain differences in water quality.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Investigating Aquatic Ecosystems: Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation and comparison of three aquatic ecosystems.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Introduction to Nature Journaling part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will learn the importance of detail when nature journaling.

Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience

Investigating Habitats: Human's Influence on the Land part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This investigation is a field study where students compare the diversity of plants and insects in a naturally existing habitat to that of a human altered habitat.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Land Use and Planning, Environmental Science

TWO TYPES OF JOURNALING BEFORE POND STUDY part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a two part journaling activity prior to an existing week long biology field lab. The journaling activities described here have been added to the beginning of the Pond Study Lab to enhance student learning of observation and quality journaling skills.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience

Adventures in ABC and 1,2,3 part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an indoor/outdoor activity that incorporates both literacy and scientific observation to make an ABC book based on Antler, Bear, Canoe by Betsy Bowen.

Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience

Investigating the Long Meadow Lake Unit of the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge to Determine if the Bass Ponds Trailhead Wetlands is a Stable Ecosystem part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this investigation, students gather biotic and abiotic data and samples in the field, develop an experiment to test another abiotic factor in the lab, synthesize group data, interpret their findings and make a claim on the health of the wetland ecosystem.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience

Using Benthic Marcoinvertebrates Captured by Rock Baskets to Determine Biodiversity in a River. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this ecology investigation, students will build and place rock baskets to collect benthic macroinvertebrates in a local waterway. They will observe and identify their macroinvertebrates and use the data to determine the pollution tolerance index for various areas of a river.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Land Use and Planning

How high is BIG? - using an astrolabe part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Use an astrolabe to measure the height of objects, and see seasonal changes over time.

Subject: Environmental Science, Mathematics, Geography, Geoscience

Plant Succession Field Investigation part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation of plant succession stages, which students will gather evidence of the areas plant history.

Subject: Biology:Ecology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology