School Tours: Earth Matters

Earth matters

September–November; April–June
Grades 6–8 (90 minutes each)

Natural resources play a key part in all of our lives. How students use them will have a large effect on how much longer they will be here for our use. Students will explore Minnetrista locations to see how we help protect our natural resources.

What will my students do? 

  • Make a common substance out of everyday minerals
  • Investigate chemical and mineral properties of a pond to determine its health
  • Work as a class to plan an efficient, sustainable city
  • Participate in an activity that demonstrates the purpose of a green roof

What will my students learn?

  • Examine the role rocks and minerals play in our daily lives
  • Use and examine models that help us understand how things work
  • Explore how a healthy water system requires many different properties to function efficiently  
  • Understand how we can each make personal decisions that impact the environment, ourselves, and others within a community 

State Standards

6th Grade

Language Arts:  6.2, 6.7.3, 6.7.15

Social Studies:  6.3.15

Science:  6.1.5, 6.2.3, 6.3.8, 6.3.14, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.7.2

Math:  6.5.1

7th Grade

Science:  7.2.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.8, 7.4.6, 7.4.7

8th Grade

Science:  8.1.4, 8.1.7, 8.1.8, 8.2.7, 8.3.15, 8.4.5, 8.4.6, 8.4.8, 8.7.7

Common Core

6th Grade

ELA:  6.L.6; 6.SL.1b, c d; 6.SL.3; 6.SL.4

Reading for Science:  6-8.RS.3; 6-8.RS.7

7th Grade

ELA:  7.L.6; 7.SL.1b, c, d; 7.SL.3

Reading for Science:  6-8.RS.3; 6-8.RS.7

8th Grade

ELA:  8.L.6; 8.SL.1 b; 8.SL.3

Reading for Science:  6-8.RS.3; 6-8.RS.7