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These teaching activities have been submitted by participants at one of several PKAL-MnSCU workshops. They may be complete, ready-to-use activities or activity ideas or somewhere in between. If you would like to see activities from a particular workshop, select the workshop in the navigation menu at the right and then check out the workspace or activities page that appears underneath it.

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Student Inquiry Into Cellular Respiration part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A POGIL activity regarding cellular respiration with an additional activity regarding the function of NAD+ in redox reactions.

The Candle Icebreaker part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Small groups of students examine a candle to consider its chemical properties. Class discussion follows to consider macro vs. molecular events, energy, phase changes, etc.

Wonder Lake, a Case Study part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A town board based classroom scenario where students decide what to do with a parcel of land on the shoreline of a lake. Various interested parties try to purchase, but must answer town board questions in the process. Real issues of land-use, resource allocation, ethics, planning, and impacts.

Ionic and Binary Compound Chemical Nomenclature part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This is a POGIL activity geared for general chemistry students. The activity guides students through the process of determining how ionic and binary compounds are named as well as inorganic acids.

Metric System Conversions: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activity part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This activity helps student learn to convert within the metric system and begin learning about process skill necessary for working in groups.

Video Presentation Sessions part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Provide opportunities to experience historic and/or current scientific information through audio/visual media. Further, these sessions allow students to express and discuss their understanding of the science content and its relevance prior to writing a summary.

Written Assignment Sessions part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Provide students an opportunity to read scientific literature, express understanding of scientific content and write a summary of the written work.

Laboratory Preview and Preparation Sessions part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Prior to attending each lab, students are required to answer several questions, related to the lab, using an online class management system.

Pre-lab activity for the Special Senses part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
In this activity, students identify organs involved in the 5 special senses.

Characterization of Freshwater Ecosystems: Group Collaborative Learning and Peer review part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Field based characterization of freshwater ecosystems using group collaborative learning and peer review in an undergraduate research class. Students work in teams to collect data, evaluate and synthesize results to generate and present a scientific poster.

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