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Investigate an Ecosystem

Eco-investigator

Don't forget that human beings live in an ecosystem too! All around us, we encounter our own ecosystem. Go outside of your classroom and investigate the first ecosystem you find.
Materials
An outdoor area like a field or patch of garden.
String
Magnifying glass
Thermometer
Popsicle sticks
Paper
Small gardening tools

Procedure
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.

Conclusions
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.


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