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Ecosystem Study part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will explore and create a healthy ecosystem, once established they will then introduce additional variables which may harm the ecosystem and determine which hazards should be avoided.

Subject: Geoscience: Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes, Geoscience

Investigating Erosion part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an indoor lab where students build a model to observe the effects of weathering and erosion.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience

Watershed: Exploring Run-Off and Infiltration in the Classroom part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a classroom based inquiry activity where students will observe how water changes when it is moved through a variety of different mediums. Eventually, the students will take this model to the larger ideas of watershed in the community.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience, Environmental Science

Earth History: Crayon Rock Cycle part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a classroom activity in which students develop understanding of the rock cycle using wax crayons to model the processes that form the 3 types of rock; sedimentary, igneous & metamorphic.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience

Save an Animal Board Game - Impact of Human Activity or Natural Disasters part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This student activity engages the students' thinking by listening to a story, brainstorming ideas in small groups about how human activity or natural disasters could possibly impact an animal's environment, and then reinforcing that thinking using a board game called Save an Animal.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience, Biology

Our Friend the Worm! - Introducing Worm Composting into the Classroom part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an introduction to setting up a composting worm bin in the classroom. It is part of a yearlong study on the interaction and influences that living system have on each other.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience, :Soils, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture

Density Differences part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lab activity, students determine density differences of water samples with varying temperature and salinity levels. Students synthesize information to predict the effects of oil in given water samples.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter, Chemistry, Environmental Science:Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes, Geoscience:Oceanography, Environmental Science:Waste, , Environmental Science

Investigating Soils part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This guided inquiry is a laboratory investigation on soil textures where students gather and analyze data, compare findings and develop new experimental questions.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Soils, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Soils and Agriculture



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