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  • South Jordan Elementary School
  • South Jordan, UT

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Our sixth grade science curriculum has a significant focus on ecosystems and food chains- and how these relationships are affected by human interaction. We are creating mini terrariums. This hands-on activity breaks down the layers of the ecosystem and allows the students to create an ecosystem of their own. Each student will create their own individual mini terrarium that they can assemble themselves- they will learn what the layers of an ecosystem are and why each one is imperative in making the ecosystem thrive and sustainable. In order to make this possible I am asking for some of the more expensive items. The mini plants will act as the producer for the ecosystem; the plant is the most important of the ecosystem levels. It will provide both food and oxygen. The pebbles act as the filter and will allow the soil to drain and not pool up at the bottom of the terrarium. The activated charcoal will be placed above the pebbles in-between the soil and pebbles keeping the terrarium clean and preventing mold and bacteria. We are exploring different types of ecosystems and the trophic in them as well as the importance of the food chain and the connections from producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and tertiary consumers. We would love to observe an aquarium in our classroom to house an aquatic turtle. Owl Pellets are requested because owls are at the top of the food chain and can be informative. Owl pellets are undigested food that is regurgitated. We would also appreciate the tools like the tweezers and mini magnifying glasses.

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Our sixth grade science curriculum has a significant focus on ecosystems and food chains- and how these relationships are affected by human interaction. We are creating mini terrariums. This hands-on activity breaks down the layers of the ecosystem and allows the students to create an ecosystem of their own. Each student will create their own individual mini terrarium that they can assemble themselves- they will learn what the layers of an ecosystem are and why each one is imperative in making the ecosystem thrive and sustainable. In order to make this possible I am asking for some of the more expensive items. The mini plants will act as the producer for the ecosystem; the plant is the most important of the ecosystem levels. It will provide both food and oxygen. The pebbles act as the filter and will allow the soil to drain and not pool up at the bottom of the terrarium. The activated charcoal will be placed above the pebbles in-between the soil and pebbles keeping the terrarium clean and preventing mold and bacteria. We are exploring different types of ecosystems and the trophic in them as well as the importance of the food chain and the connections from producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, and tertiary consumers. We would love to observe an aquarium in our classroom to house an aquatic turtle. Owl Pellets are requested because owls are at the top of the food chain and can be informative. Owl pellets are undigested food that is regurgitated. We would also appreciate the tools like the tweezers and mini magnifying glasses.

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