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Effectiveness of MN dams in water retention/ Efectividad de represas en Minnesota con respecto a la retencion de agua part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field trip investigation where students gather stream flow, volume, depth & height (area) data on Ramsey County dams (Keller and Round lake), interpret their findings and make in-depth observations in order to assess the effectiveness of dams through the season and estimate the life-spam of the dams in years.

Subject: Environmental Science, Mathematics, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Sedimentary Geology

Investigating Neighborhood Wetlands part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is field investigation where students map a neighborhood wetland and generate various watershed questions. Students identify engineered structures in or around this wetland and consider how flood water can be controlled.

Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Environmental Science, :Land Use and Planning, Geoscience

Our Big Backyard: How does our local ecosystem change during the year? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will make observations on a chosen location every two weeks for the period of one school year. They will record their observations using a digital camera and a nature journal.

Subject: Environmental Science

Macroinvertebrates and Indicators of Water Quality part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students can go to a body of water and collect the macroinvertebrates there and identify them. Based on what they find, they can assess the water quality by determining the biotic index.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Snails: Population Calculation in an Aquatic Environment part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field investigation, students will identify and determine the population size of snails in an aquatic environment.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Environmental Science

Schoolyard BioBlitz: Monthly Observations of Plants, Insects, Weather, the Sun and Moon part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field lab students will go outside and observe a particular area of the schoolyard. Students will design investigations to complete outside and will use outdoor observations to provide evidence for our indoor activities.

Subject: Biology:Ecology, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Investigating Macroinvertebrates: How Clean is Our Lake? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This 3-part lesson begins with a field activity beside a lake or stream where students collect and identify macro invertebrates. During the second and third portions of the lesson, students conduct research to answer questions that they have regarding the macro invertebrates that they have identified and then based on the types of macro invertebrates found make a general determination of the cleanliness of the lake.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Monitoring pollution in a freshwater environment part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This inquiry lab is useful for monitoring water pollution in a freshwater system using direct and/or indirect methods.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Water Quality part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a field investigation in which students test water quality in 2-3 areas using their own testable question.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Who Wants To Live Here? Water Sampling At Our Local Pond and Stream part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field activity where students will perform various water quality tests to determine the types of organisms that live in a local pond and stream, and the characteristics that those aquatic environments seem to have that the organisms favor.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience