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Exploring A Decomposition Community part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity allows elementary students to construct a decomposition column in order to observe the relationship between living systems and energy sources.

Subject: Biology:Ecology

Investigating Buoyancy: Calculating the Maxium Load of a Ship part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab activity allows students to apply their knowledge of Archimedes' Principle by calculating the maximum buoyant force that a ship can produce.

Subject: Physics:Fluid Mechanics

Adjusting Your Water Heater to Conserve Energy part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
- In this lab-based activity the students will use their knowledge about the law of conservation of energy to explain the loss of heat by warm water to cold water. Then, the students will use these concepts to design and carry an experiment to determine the unknown temperature of a hot water sample.

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Thermodynamics:Heat

Heat Transfer part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an exploration of heat and color where students will graph water temperature to compare a black can, a white can, and a plain can.

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Thermodynamics:Heat, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Thermodynamics,

Magnetism and Sound: Creating Your Own Headphones part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
After the unit on Electricity and Magnetism, students are given the opportunity to experience practical applications of the concept as they construct their own headphones and listen to music from their I-pods.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

Precision in Measurement - Finding When an Object Changes Color part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This inquiry activity is designed to have students measure when a mood object (pencil or straw that changes color with temperature) changes color. They can than report on their precision, accuracy, margin of error, degree of uncertainty, and level of confidence in their answer.

Subject: Chemistry

HYDROGEN-OXYGEN ROCKETS part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
During this activity students build a plastic pipette rocket. The first concept will to learn how igniting varying mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen will affect how far the rocket will fly. Second students will observe and manipulate variables to better understand the fundamental chemistry concepts: principles of combustion reactions, kinetics, stoichiometry, gas mixtures, rocketry, and different types of chemical reactions. Finally, students will assess their own understanding of these chemistry concepts by investigating how NASA scientists launch real rockets into space. One follow-up activity would be to investigate and collect data on a launching a heavier object at the school football field.

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Chemical Reactions

Group and periodic properties lab part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will observe and perform experiments with the elements sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur and phosphorus. Conclusions will be made about trends down groups, across periods and relating to acidity/basicity of metal oxides vs. nonmetal oxides

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Elements & Periodic Table

Chromatography: Who Wrote the Note? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lesson has students solving the mystery of a note by conducting chromatography. They will test different washable markers and see that different marker colors are made up of various pigments. They will compare and contrast the note chromatography with other chromatography results from a variety of markers.

Subject: Chemistry

What's the Temperature? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short Description: This activity is a daily lab where two students read a thermometer and identify the cloud type for a week. They record it on the board first and we all record it in our journals. A graph of the entire year is also completed and we can analyze the data as we go. We get two new "scientists" each week and we do it all year. I start the first week of school.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology