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Dissecting Soil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find out what makes up soil.

Subject: Geoscience:Soils, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture

Dissecting Soil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find out what makes up soil.

Subject: Geoscience:Soils, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture

Comparing Soil Samples from different locations part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field investigation, students compare various soil samples taken from specific locations. Students compare samples, record data, create a chart or graph, and journal.

Subject: Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience, :Soils

Exploring Sugarloaf Cove: Investigating the Geology of Lake Superior's North Shore. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students make observations of the pebble beach, lava flows, and wetland restoration at Sugarloaf Cove to generate questions to be addressed throughout the earth science curriculum.

Subject: Environmental Science, Geoscience

Making Sense of Macroinvertebrates part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather and observe macroinvertebrates in a pond system. From their initial observations, students will formulate a question and test procedures.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Environmental Science

Stream Study: An Investigation of an Aquatic Ecosystem part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field study where students gather data on a stream based upon their protocol. They will correlate their data with another group and present their results to the class. They will develop and defend in class a new experimental question for a spring study.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Environmental Science

Investigating Animals: Interdependence of Life In A Habitat part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will observe, discuss, and gather evidence on how environmental changes affect animals that live in that habitat.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science, Biology:Ecology

Using Simpson's Reciprocal Index to Identify and Compare Habitat Biodiversity part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will compare the biodiversity of two separate habitats based on the collection and identification of insects.

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

Outdoor Light Sources and their Attractibility to Nocturnal Insects part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field exploration, student teams (consisting of 3 students) will investigate whether incandescent, fluorescent or a no light situation will attract the most nocturnal insects.

Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

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