Schoolyard Ecology

Eco-Inquiry, an ecology curriculum for grades 5-8 helps teachers transform their classrooms into centers of ecological research.

Day 1: Introducing Microbes as Decomposers


Students propose how dead plants disappear over time, then examine mold, and talk about microbes as decomposers.

1 hour

For the class:

- paper grocery bag of dead plant material
-  sheet of newprint
- copy of Who Eats What guide

For each pair of students:

- sandwich-size  ziplock baggie of moldy squash or pumpkin (see "Planning Ahead")
- 2 hand lenses


See Lesson Resources below for further details.

NYS Standards
MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
5D Interdependence of Life
5E Flow of Matter and Energy

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