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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

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

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

Investigating Light: A Form of Energy You Can See part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a short unit (including hands on activities) to expand our study of how light travels and how it behaves when it hits an object.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Physics:Optics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom 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

4th Grade Students Investigate Electric Circuits Through Construction and Illustration part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
As an activity related to FOSS unit Magnetism and Electricity, 4th grade science students use a computer download to explore electrical circuits and to generate illustrations of electrical circuits for physical models built in class

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

Investigating Insects in Nature part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students collect insects to analyze, observe, and classify

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

Building 3D Models of Atoms part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on building of atoms of elements 1-20.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: , Chemistry:General Chemistry:Atomic Structure
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

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