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.

Decomposition

Grades: 
9-12
6-8
3-5
K-2
Topic(s): 
Nutrients & Energy
Carbon
Time: 
3 Class periods
Setting: 
Schoolyard and Classroom
Guiding Questions: 
Is there a difference in the decomposition rates between areas above and below ground? Is there a difference between the decomposition rates measured in the field and the woods? What other factors hasten decomposition besides microfaunal action?

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