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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

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

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

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

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

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