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Floating Foods and Underwater Eruptions: An Exploration of Density part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a classroom lab where students will explore the concept of density by investigating how various solids and liquids interact.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Charles' Law and Ivory Soap part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a 2 part lab activity where students record properties of various bars of soap, and make models of molecules as they are cooled or heated. Students develop a new experiment changing one variable.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Thermodynamics:Heat, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Thermodynamics, Bonding & Molecules, Properties of Matter
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Investigating Liquids: Color Changing Milk part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This experiment is a lab activity in which students will learn how different liquids react when put together.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5), Primary (K-2)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Oobleck - What State's the Matter part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This inquiry is a classroom and lab based activity where the students will investigate state of matter and, as a group, determine what properties describe what state of matter.

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

Researching, constructing, and testing (student made) Solar Ovens part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity requires students to research, design, construct, and test a solar oven. Students will collect data from their own individual oven to combine with research of "real-life" solar ovens in an activity ending scientific paper.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Energy:Renewable & Alternative Energy
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity

Where in the world can I find Plastic Polymers. Why are they used? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a short lesson (including hands on activities) on polymers and plastics to expand our study of physical/chemical properties and changes.

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

Plastic Polymers: Investigating Their Flexibility part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a short unit (including hands on activities) on polymers and plastics to expand our study of physical/chemical properties and changes.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Investigating Plastic Polymers: Building a Model and Relating to Real Life Connections part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a short unit (including hands on activities) on polymers and plastics to expand our study of physical/chemical properties and changes.

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

Stream Study: Assessing the relative health of streams by macro-invertebrate collection and Identification part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on stream health by collecting macro-invertebrates at three different locations and then develop an experimental question through land use and topographic map research to explain differences in water quality.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Investigating Evaporation: Determine the variables that affect the rate of evaporation. part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an investigation where students gather information about the rate of evaporation, interpret their findings, and apply this knowledge to the water cycle.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity