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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

Determining Bulk Density of Different Soil Samples and Data Analysis part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity combines field exercise soil collection with lab analysis of soil bulk density. Students develop a lab procedure to measure density and analyze data using Microsoft Excel computer software.

Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Subject: Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience:Soils
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

How Does Water Get Polluted? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on modeling of the effects of pollution on our ground and surface water. Students will observe and record their observations as pollution is placed on the ground in their model and it is rained upon.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration, Activities:Classroom Activity

Looking at Clouds: Identifying Cumulus, Cirrus and Stratus Clouds part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity involves student teams classifying clouds into the main categories, making a poster of their findings, having a poster session and learning the vocabulary terms cirrus, stratus and cumulus.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Clouds and precipitation
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Investigating Ordering Planets: Math Connections and Number Sense in Science part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This set of activities is designed to help students develop an understanding of scale/distance and ordering the planets from the sun, understanding Earth's position in the solar system, and developing new ways of determining "order."

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Geoscience, Physics:Astronomy:Solar System, Mathematics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Investigating Earth materials: Collecting and Classifying part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field collection investigation where students gather earth materials and make observations about their collection that leads them to discuss the nature of Earth surface and how it is changing.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Flow Characteristics of the Crow River part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students make observations, formulate a question, construct and collect data on that question on stream flow on the Crow River in Central Minnesota

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Investigating Factors that Influence Weathering of Monuments in a Cemetery part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field activity students will discover some of the factors that influence weathering of rock by making observations, asking questions and completing an investigation of their own design in a local cemetery.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Weathering
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Introductory Concepts in Soil Chemistry part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an introductory lab for Environmental Science, investigating the bulk density of soil and water holding capacity.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience:Soils
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Investigating topography caused by Glacial Lake Agassiz and glacial river Warren in the Big Stone Lake area. part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students will observe the topography of Big Stone Lake and generate questions about the history of this area.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

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