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Investigative Case - "Malama Keone'o'io" part of Examples
Students will learn techniques for conducting a local environmental assessment in an ecologically sensitive area. Identification of native plants and methodologies for sampling will be taught in the classroom and then reinforced in the field. The module also includes a community awareness and conservation aspect.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Habitats:Invasive species, Biology:Plant Biology

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Habitats, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Terrestrial

Investigative Case - "The Sky is Falling" part of Examples
Students will generate maps of ozone concentrations, graph air quality indices, and propose solutions to problems with the ozone and air quality, specifically smog.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science

The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem part of Examples
Students author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school giving their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on campus.

Subject: Biology:Ecology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Habitats:Invasive species

Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of Examples
Students examine a case study of fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater

Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of Examples
As professional ecologists working for the fish and wildlife service, students must develop a plan to manage a new wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande River. The fish and wildlife service plans to connect forest islands along the river, which will become not only a new refuge but also a "wildlife corridor."

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Habitats, Biology:Ecology

Investigative Case - Living in an Alkaline Environment part of Examples
Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part interactive activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments.

Subject: Education:Assessment:On Line, Biology:Microbiology

Catapults: controlled investigations part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a controlled investigation of a catapult system.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Projectile Motion

Lake Investigation: Determining Lake Type and Health Using the Internet part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an on-line research activity in which students research different Minnesota lakes and determine their physical characteristics, chemical characteristics, and the overall health of the lake.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity

Utilizing Scientific Inquiry in Creative Writing part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will utilize factually observed or researched information in a creative high interest-writing project.

Subject: Biology