Bottle Ecosystem, This is the most awesome class idea to teach ecosystems! Its self contained and you can observe the activity for the rest of the year. No mess no fuss and all of this cost about 17 dollars.
Building an Eco-Column Grow plants and watch animals thrive in a mini ecosystem! The eco-column demonstrates how the natural filtering system works in an ecosystem, life science experiment. Visit bottle biology for a list of plants, animals, and activities for your mini ecosystem.
Here's what you'll need: 3 empty and clear 2-liter bottles clear packing tape aquarium gravel (or fine, rinsed pea gravel) water de-chlorinator (optional) rubber band 4-inch square piece of netting soil mustard, rye or alfalfa seeds fish, snails or other aquatic life elodea or other aquarium plants duck weed crickets, pill bugs or earthworms a couple dead leaves or small sticks
This is a student project to create an ecosystem based on the information given to them. It first enables recall then gives the student to use their creativity based on the recall. This corresponds to NYS teaching standardElement III.3: Teachers set high expectations and create challenging learning experiences for students.