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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

Power Generation Town Council part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an opportunity for students to explore civil government and to present what they have learned about electric power generation in a persuasive manner

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Renewable & Alternative Energy
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

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

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

Lake Investigation: Determining Lake Type and Health Using the Internet part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an on-line research activity in which students research different Minnesota lakes and determine their physical characteristics, chemical characteristics, and the overall health of the lake.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project:Investigative Case Studies

Using line transects to determine interrelationships between vegetation type and small mammal activity. part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Using quadrats along line transects in two different habitats, students will gather data which will provide evidence that shows the interrelationships between vegetation types and small mammal populations

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystems
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

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

Impact of Natural Disasters on the Earth part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a student based inquiry looking at various natural disasters and their impact.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

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

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