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Investigating Regional Hydrogeology of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain part of Examples
Exercise to recognize regional groundwater flow in the Cretaceous aquifers of the North Carolina and Virginia Coastal Plain and their changes through time. Includes interpreting flow before and after human withdrawals, so students can discover impacts on the groundwater system, especially for depletion and saltwater intrusion.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology

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

Paper Chromatography: These colors DO run part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a guided inquiry where students investigate the colors contained within a single marker color and interpret what this means about the sizes of the molecules.

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Bonding & Molecules

Tic Tac Toe - Pick 3 in a Row Atomic Model Assignment part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a summary/assessment assignment which allows for differentiation and student choice. Students are assessed in their knowledge of the atomic model and the arrangement of elements on the periodic table.

Subject: , Chemistry:General Chemistry:Atomic Structure

The Rock Cycle: A hands on Simulation part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on simulation of the rock cycle.

Subject: Geoscience