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Investigating joints: Naming and identifying joints in the human body part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short Description: This activity is a classroom investigation of human joints. Students will identify joints and use their science notebooks to record their findings using drawings and words.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology:Anatomy & Physiology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Comparing the Simple Structure of Plant and Animal Cells part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The lesson is designed for fourth grade students using scientific investigation to identify and compare the basic parts of a plant and animal cells. This activity consists of several steps over a period of several days. It includes student use of microscopes for observations and journals to collect data to identify and classify the basic parts of plant and animal cells. The assessment has an individual component and uses student work.

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

What is a Bird? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a mini-lab for primary students to identify the unique characteristics of birds.

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

Sensory Butterfly Garden part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an activity in which students use their senses to describe their garden. This is a guided inquiry lesson.

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

Plant Science Inquiry: From Seed to Flower part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a first grade life science activity where the students practice inquiry skills by developing questions about seeds, planting them and noting details about how they change as they grow.

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

Inquiry: How herbs change based on growing conditions part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will create and investigate testable questions about how basil changes based on growing conditions.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology, Environmental Science
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Guided Leech Activity and Record Keeping in a Science Notebook part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a teacher-directed investigation where students observe leeches, create questions and determine which ones are investigable. Together, teacher and students design and carry out a test for their question and record the information in a science notebook.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Education:Assessment, Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

The Five Senses - Differentiated Lesson for ESL/Special Needs Students part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This guided inquiry activity is designed to help students understand that people get all of their knowledge from their senses, and that is why our senses are so important.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Inquiry-Teaching Students to Ask Questions That Can Be Investigated part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
During this activity, students will investigate leech behavior. Students will learn to ask a question about leech behavior that can be investigated.

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

Levers: How the Human Body Uses them to its Advantage part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an introduction to the concept of levers, the classes, and their parts using the musculoskeletal system.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Biology:Anatomy & Physiology, Physics:Classical Mechanics, Education:Assessment:Exam
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

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