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Birds' Bills part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students compare and contrast birds' bills and compare them to household items.

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

Investigating the Water Cycle: Evaporation part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an outdoor lab in which students investigate the process of evaporation, record their findings, and use the data to make connections to the environment around them.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Stream velocity Investigation using Inquiry part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation using science inquiry and problem solving, where small groups of students design their own experiment to determine stream velocity, collect and analyze their data, draw conclusions, and make further inferences based group discussion/collaboration.

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

"Mystery and the Unknown": Teaching Inquiry Through Aquatic Exploration part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a longer project that involves using inquiry to find out what kinds of aquatic animals live in our school pond. Students use direct observation, journaling, outdoor classroom techniques, research skills, collaboration, and service learning to learn about their question.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Electric Circuits - Guided Inquiry part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a series of lab activities where students complete experiments for open, closed, series and parallel circuits.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, 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

Calculating Kinetics of a Student Designed Machine part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a project-based inquiry where students design and create a machine to complete a task. Then students will be asked to calculate velocities, kinetic energy and potential energies of various parts of their machine.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Applications of Newton's Laws
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity