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Testing alkalinity in water systems (simulation) part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This investigation is a laboratory activity in which the alkalinity of 2 types of substrates (carbonate vs. non-carbonate) are compared on the basis of titration. Students will reflect on the relationship of alkalinity and toxic heavy metals.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Researching, constructing, and testing (student made) Solar Ovens part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity requires students to research, design, construct, and test a solar oven. Students will collect data from their own individual oven to combine with research of "real-life" solar ovens in an activity ending scientific paper.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Renewable & Alternative Energy, Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity

Where shall we go swimming? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a water study investigation showing how biotic and abiotic factors are influenced by human activity.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Investigating Ponds and Streams: How clean is our water? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on ponds and compare the results to determine the quality of the water.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Investigating Our Surroundings: Observing the Outdoors part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This first grade field and classroom activity leads students to discover their natural world through observation and measurement.

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

Dissecting Soil part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find out what makes up soil.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Primary (K-2)
Subject: Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience, :Soils
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Dissecting Soil part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students find out what makes up soil.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Primary (K-2)
Subject: Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience, :Soils
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Minnesota's Natural Resources part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lesson students will learn about Minnesota's natural resources, particularly iron ore.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Environmental Science:Mineral Resources:Mining, Geoscience, Geography
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

2-Day Investigating Soil Samples: observing and identifying soils part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation where students collect and investigate soil samples and describe the soils, looking for similarities and differences. Students develop a method of recording the data colleted and can present the information gathered.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience, :Soils
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity

Investigating Decomposition Processes of a Plant part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students observe the decomposition of a pumpkin under controlled circumstances. These observations are used to take notes and develop questions.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture, Geoscience:Soils
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

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