Teacher Resource Center

Decoding Diatoms

Students will practice microorganism identification using local water samples and apply this understanding to a study of diatoms found in Lake George.

Fish Families

Students learn to identify characteristics of five Minnesota fish families.
Nitrogen Cycle Teaching Kit

The Nitrogen Cycle

Students will be introduced to the concept of cycling nutrients by taking on the role of a nitrogen atom traveling through the nitrogen cycle.

It’s A Ruffe Life: An Introduction to Invasive Species

Students begin by matching images of common invasive species with their characteristics and impacts. Students then engage in an activity that simulates the impacts of Eurasian ruffe on the natural ecosystem of the St. Louis River.

Becoming Scientists: Engineering and Design

This lesson uses modeling as a method for problem solving and a tool for understanding scientific principles. Evaluation, collaboration and redesigning of models will further develop student science literacy skills.
Collecting Data Kit

Becoming Scientists: Collecting Data

This lesson will help students learn why and how fisheries managers conduct fish surveys. Students will become familiar with some of the equipment and survey methods that Minnesota DNR fisheries biologists use.