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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: 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
An assortment of teaching kit items: books, rulers and measuring tape

Plan it, Map it

Using provided information, students use math skills to plan a garden. Minnesota Math Standards:3.3.2, 4.3.2, 5.2.3 Minnesota Science Standards:3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1, 5.4.2.1
collection of info cards and information materials

Attack Pack

This kit features twelve lessons for a variety of ages that relate to invasive species in the Great Lakes.
map and information cards

The Watershed Game

The Watershed Game helps students understand the relationship between land uses within a watershed, water quality, and their community. Working in teams, students apply tools (practices, plans, and policies) to decrease water pollution while balancing financial resources. The goal for the activity is to reduce pollution from various land uses to the stream without going… View More
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Freshwater Estuary/Wetlands Model: Exploring Estuary and Wetland Functions

As the St. Louis River flows into Lake Superior, it creates a freshwater estuary.  This dynamic area can provide several important aquatic habitats; open water, sediment on the bottom and wetlands along the shoreline. Students will observe the characteristics of wetlands and estuaries through the use of a model and identify their importance to the health of aquatic… View More
collection of papers and materials about wild rice

Wild Rice Detective

Students will learn about the life cycle of wild rice and traditional harvesting methods. Then, students will solve mysteries concerning damage and predation to wild rice specimens using inquiry-based scientific methods and real-life data.