- An outdoor area like a field or patch of garden.
- Magnifying glass
- Popsicle sticks
- Small gardening tools
- Locate a small patch of land to examine.
- Use string to partition a segment.
- Record observations about your ecosystem. Include all
living and non-living things.
- Record temperatures in your ecosystem.
- Turn over a small patch of the turf. Observe what's
beneath the surface.
- Consider the variety of living and non-living things
in your ecosystem. Which was the largest population?
- How are the survival needs being met in your
ecosystem? Air? Food? Water? Sunlight?
- Extension Ideas
- How can you do this activity in an urban area? Ask
students to brainstorm for solutions.
- Think of other populations that could survive in your
ecosystem. Think of populations that could not.