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Determining the Density, pH and Water Content of Various Area Soils part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this field lab activity, students will determine the density, pH and water content of prairie soil, transition soil, woods soil, and riverbed soil and compare their findings.

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

Bird Characteristics part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an introduction to the study of birds. Students will gain observation and classification skills.

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

Creation of Dichotomous Keys From a BioBlitz part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation of the biodiversity in a given area. The exercise will give students experience making scientific observations and creating a dichotomous key.

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

Investigating the Rock Cycle Through Writing and Illustrating part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a quantative writing activity where students will use writing and illustrations to show their knowledge of the basic rock cycle.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Sedimentary Geology:Weathering
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Two Dimensional Motion and Conservation of Energy part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Lab investigating conservation of energy and projectile motion.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Work and Energy
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Writing Poems from Dragonfly Facts part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a creative writing assignment in which first graders create poetry from scientific information about dragonflies.

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

What Lives Under a Rock? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will listen to the book, Under One Rock Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs, written by Anthony D. Frederick and illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio and then make a mini-book observation journal, Under One Rock to record what they see when they go outdoors to investigate what lives under a rock.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories

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

Exploring Sound: Length Makes a Difference part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this introductory physics lab activity, students explore the sounds made by the free-end of a ruler vibrating off the end of a desk.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Investigating Acids and Bases: Strong vs Weak part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an extension to standard labs that have students generate a pH curve from strong acid/strong base data. Students are asked to predict and test how the the titration end point will shift when titrating vinegar (a weak acid) with NaOH (a strong base).

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Acids & Bases
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity