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Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a large-scale participatory activity used to prompt students to review what they have learned and to think actively and cooperatively about the connections between the systems we have discussed prior to the ...

Subject: Geoscience: Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Water Quality and Quantity

M & M Decay part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
This is a simulation of radioactive decay which illustrates what a half-life is and explains some of the challenges involved with radiometric dating. Pennies or other cheap coins can be substituted for M&Ms if ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Blue Skies & Sunsets part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Conceptual Models:Conceptual Models Examples
This conceptual model explains why skies are blue and sunsets are red.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Solar and terrestrial radiation, Atmospheric structure and composition

Planets Made Real - Creating Size and Distance Scale of Planets in the Student's Community part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom investigation where the students create, in size and distance, a solar system model in proportion to a selected sphere representing the earth.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Physics:Astronomy:Cosmic Time and Distance

Investigation of Newtonian Forces on Plate Tectonics part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This model-making activity gives students an opportunity visualize Newtonian forces acting on a single point as well as combined forces acting to produce synclines and anticlines in Earth's crust. Students will analyze models to interpret findings of plate movements.

Subject: Geoscience: Physics:Classical Mechanics, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Make a Model Fossil part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a combination outdoor/indoor lab where students will collect natural materials from the environment and use them to create both a mold and cast model of a fossil. Students will learn how a fossil is formed and why scientists use models to help them understand how things work and develop.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Paleontology

What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an activity to help students understand the abstract concept about how planets move around the sun and their relative size compared with other planets in the solar system.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

Tracking the Sun: Observing the Path of the Sun Throughout the Year part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
As an on-going project, students note the position of the sun by mapping a shadow on the classroom floor. They learn about the earth's tilt and the effect of the sun's light on our seasons.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

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

Subject: Geoscience: Physics, Mathematics, Geoscience, Chemistry, Biology

Sinking Water: A Connection With Glaciers, Ocean Currents and Weather Patterns part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lesson has activities where students will learn about buoyancy and explore how hot water rises and cold water sinks. As an extension and real-life application, students will see that glacial run-off is occurring at a rapid pace and the cold glacial water could potentially change ocean currents thus influencing global climates.

Subject: Geoscience: , ChemistryGeneral ChemistryProperties of Matter, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change

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