Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation

Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
Ecosystem in a Bottle Project: An Inquiry-Based Ecological Investigation
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This product, by It’s Not Rocket Science, is designed to be used as a project-based learning resource for students to learn about ecological interactions of an ecosystem and the biogeochemical nutrient cycles. In this inquiry-based investigation, students will create an ecosystem simulation using 2-Liter bottles to explore the cycling of the essential elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorous through biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem. Students will need a minimum of two 2-Liter bottles for this project – one to represent an aquatic ecosystem and one to represent a terrestrial ecosystem. Students will work with a partner to design a way to connect these two bottle ecosystems so that nutrients can cycle appropriately and life can be sustained for a month-long period. They will assemble their ecosystems in class and collect daily observations throughout this month. At the completion of their observation month, students will write a report of their findings, relating their observations back to what they know about the cycling of nutrients and the interrelationships of organisms.

*NOTE* Do not purchase if you have already purchased my Ecology Unit Bundle, Biology Complete Curriculum Bundle, or Biology Activities Bundle because you already have this product!

Includes:
      • 7 pages of teacher implementation notes, including accommodations
      • 10 pages of student handouts and rubrics
      • 5 pages of helpful hints with pictures, to make set-up as simple as possible
      • Sample student work.

Why should I use this product in my classroom?
I love to use this product because it is every student's favorite from the whole year! It is a truly hands-on experience where they can gain real world experience by applying what they've learned in class to a living, breathing mini-ecosystem. This is one of those investigations that the students never forget!

This investigation is aligned with five Next Generation Science Standards: HS-LS1-5, HS-LS1-7, HS-LS2-3, HS-LS2-4, and HS-LS2-1.

What if I want to see a sample of how you write up projects?
Download my Children’s Book Project freebie HERE!

What if I want more?
This product is part of my Ecology Unit bundle. Be sure to check it out by clicking here!

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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 month
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