DIY Ecosystem

Over five days, super scientists complete activities in preparation for building an ecosystem. Pupils read and answer questions, classify living, and non-living things in the classroom, view an engaging video, and complete a worksheet. Pupils ultimately build their terrariums, then draw a diagram of their final product, and write an essay on how each part works together.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Send a list of terrarium materials needed to parents and guardians for donations to the project 
  • Display terrariums at Open House
  • Ask the librarian if your class' work can sit proudly next to a collection of books about ecosystems 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies and a variety of materials to build the terrarium 
Pros

  • Pupils examine ecosystems up close
  • Provides several differentiation and extension ideas 
  • Offers a long list of related materials 
Cons

  • None
Common Core