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Using Inquiry to Discover Stream Formations In a Small Stream part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry based field investigation where students measure and map a small stream and then develop an understanding of the formation of a variety of small stream features.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

What Lives Under a Rock? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will listen to the book, Under One Rock Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs, written by Anthony D. Frederick and illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio and then make a mini-book observation journal, Under One Rock to record what they see when they go outdoors to investigate what lives under a rock.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Healthy Waters part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an mock investigation into different macroinvertebrates found in the streams in your local city. Students will record and analyze data that will lead them to learn if the water quality is good or bad in their backyard.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Name That (Bird) Tune part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will learn to identify 3 to 4 birds by their song.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Habitat Part 2 (See Mitze Olson's Activity for Part 1) part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an investigation to determine the effect of soil type on plant growth. The students will develop an understanding of the plant as producer.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Sampling Arthropod Diversity of a Schoolyard part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short Description: This is an inquiry investigation, geared toward student use of outdoor schoolyard sites. Its focus is to have students applying what they've learned about the scientific method and experimental design, gathering quantitative evidence to support hypotheses.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Biology:Diversity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Investigating water quality through quantative and qualitative analysis of benthic macroinvertebrate sampling. part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In activity is a Biology field lab where students will investigate the relative health of an aquatic system based on bioindicators. Students will then summarize and reflect upon their findings.

Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Investigating the Geologic History of Southeast Minnesota by Constructing a Geologic Column part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on rock types and geologic formations to construct a geologic column that will help them to interpret the geologic history of the Cannon Falls area.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy:Sequence Stratigraphy
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Investigating SE MN Geology including rock layers, fossils, and Karst geology through Quarry Hill Nature Center part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will increase their knowledge of SE MN geology including rock layers, fossils, and Karst topography. They will also learn how Karst Geology impacts our water quality.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

Investigating Biodiversity in your schoolyard part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field lab students will investigate the biodiversity around their school. Students will perform a biodiversity count using transect line. The students will develop multiple hypotheses relating to biodiversity and propose additional procedures for studying, collecting and testing these questions.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Subject: Biology:Diversity, Environmental Science:Ecosystems
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

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