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An assortment of teaching kit items: pH testing strips, test tubes and more

EarthEcho Water Quality Testing

Test the dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and temperature of a local waterway around your learning space! Then, upload your test results to an international database to compare your results to others’ and contribute to the citizen scientists interested in keeping our waterways healthy.
An assortment of teaching kit items: a cuttting board, tasting spoons and plates

Plant Parts Become Me

Following a role-playing review of the main parts of a plant, students will design their own plants and compare the variety of their creations. Then, students identify and taste fruits and vegetables that come from different plant parts. Minnesota Science Standards:0.4.1.1, 1.4.1.1, 2.4.1.1, 3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1
An assortment of teaching kit items: books, plastic bags, a jar and a spray bottle

Composting for Better Soil

Learn about composting: its definition, its effects on soil, how to make it and what lives in it! Minnesota Science Standards:3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1, 5.4.2.1 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:3.6.3.3, 4.6.3.3, 5.6.3.3
An assortment of teaching kit items: packaging of snacks and beverages, plastic bags and paper bags

The Healthy Hop N Shop

Learn about the USDA MyPlate through a pretend grocery store, and explore the importance of each food group. The Healthy Hop N Shop Lesson Plan Minnesota Science Standards:0.4.1.1, 1.4.1.1, 2.4.1.1, 3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1 Minnesota Health Standards:2.8.1, 3.7.2, 5.7.2
An assortment of teaching kit items: potting soil, tape and compostable cups

Make Room for Raddy

Observe how plants and people respond when crowded and forced to share limited resources. This activity helps students understand that even their precious garden plants must be thinned. Minnesota Science Standards:1.1.1.1, 3.1.1.1, 5.1.1.1, 2.1.1.2, 3.1.1.2, 2.4.2.1 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:3.6.7.7, 4.6.7.7, 5.6.7.7
An assortment of teaching kit items: paper towels, seeds and a book

Yo Seeds, Wake Up!

Students examine ideas about what seeds need to sprout. Minnesota Science Standards:0.1.1.2, 2.1.1.2, 3.1.1.2, 5.1.1.2 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:3.6.7.7, 4.6.7.7, 5.6.7.7
An assortment of teaching kit items: small boxes with vials of soil samples

Learning About Integrated Pest Management

Students learn about integrated pest management (IPM), the decisionmaking process involved in reducing pests. They will recognize that pests can be insects and other animals in homes and other structures as well as weeds and diseases in yards, gardens and croplands. Minnesota Science Standards: 4.1.2.1, 4.1.3.3, 4.3.4.1, 5.3.4.1, 5.1.1.1, 5.4.1.1, 1.4.3.1, 2.4.3.1 Minnesota Language Arts… View More
An assortment of teaching kit items: books, potting soil and compostable cups

Magic Beans and Giant Plants

After predicting what – other than magic – caused Jack’s beanstalk to grow so tall, students design and conduct experiments to explore how different conditions affect plant growth. This open-ended investigation of conditions for plant growth assumes some student knowledge of basic plant needs (light, water, etc) and can be used as a springboard for… View More