Schoolyard Ecology

Thinking about the flow of matter and energy with students is one of the key ways of exploring ecosystems. In these lessons, students construct their own understanding of ecosystems through investigations in their schoolyard, developing ideas about ecological processes and functions.

Comparison of Grass Biomass in Varying Amounts of Sunlight

Topic(s): 
Carbon
Time: 
2 Class periods
Setting: 
Schoolyard
Guiding Questions: 
What are the limiting factors to the rate of photosynthesis? How is the flux of carbon in an ecosystem affected by sunlight? Does sunlight exposure affect grass biomass in a given area?

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