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Investigating Starch in Foods part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom experiment where students gather data on which foods contain starch. They use observation and develop their own hypothesis to create a question they would like to discover about starches.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology:Molecular Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity

Investigating Wolf Behavior part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom investigation of wolf behavior where students use observational evidence to identify and describe wolf pack structure.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Biology:Ecology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Accuracy and Precision Lab (with measurement and density) part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lab exercise, students practice correctly using measurement tools, recording data, calculating density, using significant figures, and exploring the concepts of accuracy and precision.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry, Physics:General Physics:Mathematical Physics, Measurement/Units, Mathematics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Walking on Water--How Do Water Striders Do It? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity provides students with a first look at water tension and its role in the life of a water strider.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter, , Physics:Fluid Mechanics:Surface Tension
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration

Exploring molecular movement: does temperature matter? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a teacher demonstration used to show an example of kinetic molecular energy using food coloring and water. The students are also given opportunity to develop their own questions and tests.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Bonding & Molecules, Thermodynamics, Thermodynamics:Heat, ,
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration

Force and Motion: Gravity and Wind Resistance part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The egg-drop activity is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the force created by wind resistance and how it interacts with the force due to Gravity. Students will note how surface area affects the resistance of a falling object as Gravity works on it. Students will record and share observations and questions regarding the experiment.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Visualizing Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The activity walks the students through the processes of Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Biology:Cell Biology:Cell Processes:Metabolism:Respiration, Photosynthesis
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Overnight Crystals to illustrate solubility concepts part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This quick-lab provides a concrete experience with crystal formation from saturated salt solutions that can help students make solubility problems more relevant to their experience.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Subject: , Chemistry:General Chemistry:Mixtures, Solutions, & Compounds
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration

Investigation of Pitch & Rate of Vibration part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an activity demonstrating how pitch varies using water bottles, and allows students to investigate pitch further with rulers, straws, and water bottles.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

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