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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 Variables : Passengers Supported by Lifeboats part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short description This activity is a lab investigation where students develop an investigable inquiry question, construct a fleet of boats, collect data about how many passengers (pennies) each will hold before sinking, interpret their findings, and will share methods and results during a poster session.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics, Mathematics, Education:Assessment:Oral Presentation
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Trends in Alkane Boiling Points part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an investigation into the relationship between alkane length and boiling points. Students develop a mathematical model of this relationship and use it to make predictions and error analysis.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Mathematics, Chemistry:Organic Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Mineral Density: Teaching accuracy, slope, and percent error in the Earth science classroom part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab investigation in which students make mass/volume measurements of several samples of the same mineral to determine the mineral's density. Students graph their data and make the connection between their qualitative understanding of what density is and the mathematical/graphical representation of density.

Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Subject: Mathematics, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter, Geoscience:Geology,
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Statistical Analysis of Lincoln part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will statistically analyze data gathered in reference to the Abraham Lincoln penny.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Mathematics, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Who Lives Here? : Investigating and Sorting Schoolyard Insects part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students collect bugs using homemade pit traps, sort them into groups, and then graph their results.

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

Study of student precision using volumetric glassware part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab is an activity designed to demonstrate to students the importance of the proper use of lab equipment. Also to demonstrate how math can be used as a tool for analysis of data.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Mathematics, Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Our Big Backyard part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students venture out into their own backyard to observe and record data on living things and see how these things change throughout the seasons.

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

String Scientific Notation/Metric System Demonstration part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Short demonstration on scientific notation by asking students to place numbers on a number line using string and notecards.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics, Mathematics, Geoscience, Chemistry, Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Measuring and Graphing Toy Water Animal Growth part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an guided inquiry based lesson where students measure and graph data on a two-coordinate graph the growth of a toy animal submerged in water over a period of time.

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

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