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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: paper towels, plastic bags, digital scales and graduated cylinders

Sorting Out Potting Soil

After learning about the uses and components of potting media, observe and calculate percentages of potting soil components. Minnesota Math Standards:9.2.4
An assortment of teaching kit items: pvc pipes, foam insulation, cotton balls, calcium nitrate, exacto knives, pens, and more

What? No Soil

After learning the five basic requirements of plant growth, discuss terms related to hydroponics. Then, build and maintain hydroponic units out of soda bottles! Minnesota Science Standards:6.1.2.1
An assortment of teaching kit items: cotton bals, lights, thermometers and pipettes

Germination Research

Discuss factors that affect a seed’s germination time, then perform a mini-experiment involving the steps of the scientific method. Minnesota Science Standards:5.1.1.2, 7.1.1.2 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:6.14.2.2
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: 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
from above, squares with samples of aquatic insects in briefcase

Aquatic Insect Collection

This collection of twelve aquatic insects allows students to observe and compare invertebrate samples. This is a great addition to the Water Habitat Site Study kit.
collection of fish stuffed animals

Fish Pillows

This kit includes an assortment of fish-shaped pillows in a variety of sizes. This kid is a great addition to the Fish Families kit, allowing students to find the fish adaptations on their own pillows!