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Investigating Motion: What Causes Objects to Move? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a structured inquiry into why objects move and why some objects move farther than others. Students will make predictions on how far an object will move when blown on, blow on the objects, measure the distances they moved and record their findings.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Parachutes and Air Resistance part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on lesson that shows how air resistance affects how things move and how air is all around objects.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Physics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Investigating Chromatography: Separating Pigments part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab investigation where students design an experiment to extract pigments (AKA chromatography) from different colored, water soluble markers.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

What makes things move? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry approach to teaching what force is. Students will learn what push, pull, gravity, and friction are.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity

The Science of Puddles part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation of puddles where students gather data and record their findings.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Primary (K-2)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Acids & Bases, Chemistry, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Hydrologic cycle, Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity, Classroom Activity

Investigating Matter, Solid or Liquid: Barthlomew and the Oobleck part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The students will be able to define solids and liquids from their prior knowledge. The students will be able to verbalize the differences between solids and liquids? Observe, communicate and question when things aren't what they appear to be. Is Oobleck a solid or liquid? The answer is that it is both. Have the students come up with their own answers and to communicate their findings. The students will understand the difference between a non-Newtonian fluid and a liquid or a solid.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Seeds to Plants: How to Grow a Plant part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab investigation where students gather data on a seed or seeds that have been planted per their own design.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Our Big Backyard part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students venture out into their own backyard to observe and record data on living things and see how these things change throughout the seasons.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Mathematics, Biology:Diversity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity, Classroom Activity

CRUMBLING ROCKS - observing and describing rocks part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom hands-on , active learning lesson where students observe and describe a familiar item, to help them observe and describe the physical characteristics of rocks.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Bumps and Buckles: A Lesson on Motion part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a guided discovery where students gather information on how to add a seat belt to a clay figure that is sitting on top of a toy car. The clay figure should stay in place when it hits a speed bump placed after a ramp.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

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