For each pair of
2 Student Activity Sheets for Learning Experience 9
Big Mac container with 15 cm. square top layer of study plot
For each group of four
For the class:
*provided by teacher
Read the background information in the Teacher’s Manual. (Please see PDF
Students will gather data on temperature, plants, animals,
and transients for the section of the study plot that they removed in Learning
Experience #8 and describe the behaviors of the new living thing introduced in
the artificial environment.
Students will transfer a part of their study plot to an artificial environment
and observe the change in behaviors of living and nonliving things.
How does confining a
small portion of your study plot to a terrarium change your observations?
Before students looked underneath the surface of their study
plot, they placed the top layer they removed in a terrarium that was set aside.
How will confining a small portion of your study plot to a
terrarium change your observations? Predict.
Why do you think these changes will occur?
Students are to now closely look at the section of their
plot that was put in the terrarium. Compare the Student Activity Sheet for
Learning Experience 9.
The following information will be provided:
Temperature of soil:
Temperature of air:
Students will now introduce a new living thing to their
terrariums. Discuss with students what kinds of living things would be appropriate
(i.e. grasshoppers, ants, grass, flower w/roots). It would be helpful if
students have observed their living thing in its natural environment first.
Students will then be able to identify how/when it is acting differently. The
size of the living things is important. Also, discuss the needs of the living
things that could be placed in the terrariums.
Students may choose living things from other areas of the
schoolyard, or they may bring living things from home. If so, discuss safe ways
to bring living things to school (i.e. plastic bags, plastic containers, paper
bags). Students are to then complete their Student Activity Sheet.
Could you find your new living thing?
Where was it?
What was it doing?
How would you describe its actions in its new environment?
Is the terrarium environment providing what it needs to
survive? How do you know? How could you find out?
SHEET for Learning Experience 9
After carefully observing your terrarium, supply the
|Study Plot Location||Observations|
|Weather Conditions|| |
|Temperature of Air||_____ C|
|Temperature of Soil||_____ C|
|Plants Present|| |
|Animals Present|| |
|Any Transients|| |
Can you find your new living thing in the terrarium? Look
Where did you find it?
Draw a picture of the new living thing in its new
Describe its actions below. Make note of any unusual behaviors.