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Trends on the Periodic Table: Metals, Non-Metals, and Metalloids part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will classify elements as metals, non-metals and metalloids based on their observtions of appearance, conductivity, malleability and reactivity with dilute acid. They will observe the location of these groups on the periodic table.

A Student Produced Field Guide to Neighborhood Trees part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
During this project, students will be working to cooperatively create a field guide to trees in the neighborhood near the school. In doing so they will be making observations, introduced to tree and plant anatomy and physiology, and will learn how to make and use dichotomous keys.

Digging for Fossils: Studying Fossils as Evidence for Human Evolution part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab activity is a paper fossil dig where students discover skeletal characteristics of humans, primates and hominids and are asked to make a short oral presentation to the class.

Lichen Hunt--Identifying and Classifying Lichens by their Physical Characteristics part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a guided inquiry where students will find their own lichen and classify it into one of three categories. They will collect, analyze, and present their finding to the class.

How do light bulbs work? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a guided inquiry in which the students determine how a light bulb works.

Determining the Density, pH and Water Content of Various Area Soils part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field lab activity, students will determine the density, pH and water content of prairie soil, transition soil, woods soil, and riverbed soil and compare their findings.

Bird Characteristics part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an introduction to the study of birds. Students will gain observation and classification skills.

Inertia: An object in motion will tend to stay in motion part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity allows students to deduce part of Newton's Law of Inertia that states an object in motion will stay in a straight line motion unless an outside force acts on it.

Habitat Part 1 (See Julie Olson's for Part 2) part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lesson is an introduction to a unit on habitat. It is designed to combine literature and science.

Impact of Natural Disasters on the Earth part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a student based inquiry looking at various natural disasters and their impact.



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