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  • Ashley Gott

    make the world in a pop bottle! use 2 liter bottles and stuff you can find in the woods. ours is still working a month later! - i remember doing this in elementary school!

  • Jennifer Wu

    Make a world in a soda bottle. Mini ecosystem.

  • Elise Collier

    - soda bottle terrarium (need 2 soda bottles & duct tape, along with gravel, soil, plant...)

  • Lee-Maree Stinson

    Make your own eco system

  • Randie Johnson

    Great summer activity!

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  • Cheryl Brown .

    Great my students are so excited, even at 4 and 5 yrs old they put everything together. We add some fish and snails next week.

  • Alice Cross

    Oh that is just too cool!!

  • Kid World Citizen

    Now I need to get some 2 liter bottles to make these:). I need to find someone who drinks pop!

  • Becky Johnson

    How about root beer floats for the kids. Teach reusing at the same time!

  • Emily Siler

    my science group likes this idea how did u do it

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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

  • Ferine Coyote

    There is nowhere near enough water to keep any aquatic life, aside from snails maybe.

"I've seen this done with celery, but this is pretty cool...Looks good for showing water moving through plants"