Ecosystems and Science Folder Labels (printable)

May 26, 2011

Ecosystems and Science Folder Labels (printable)

May 26, 2011

Last week, we worked on the terrarium part of our ecosystems project.
This week has been very exciting since we have started the aquarium part of the project! (Really, I don’t know how I’d survive the last few weeks of 5th grade without an all-encompassing project like this). It has been one of the best experiences of our year and the kids are learning so much from them!
We’ve been studying the aquatic plants (Elodea and Duckweed).

But, sadly, the plants just can’t compete with the fish! And snails!!! You can see both in the picture to the right. I think some of the fish are due to have babies soon (that was a cool surprise last year!). We even had teenytiny baby snails last May!!

The aquatic plants and animals have already led to some great discussions about how they each serve a purpose to this part of the ecosystem.

This whole unit provides such a concrete example of ecosystems, which is so important for my newcomer ELL students.

I can’t wait until they put the terrariums and aquariums together! I remember my students last year really saying they “got it” when they saw the whole ecosystem functioning as one.
This unit has some great handouts and experiments, which we store in our Science Folders. Which brings me to today’s printable…labels for science folders…

I know everyone is getting close to being finished, but maybe it’s something you could use next year 🙂

Are you wrapping up any big projects right now?

7 Comments

  • Ms. Draffkorn May 26, 2011 at 1:41 am

    This is awesome! It's great to make the content concrete. At the end of the maternity leave that I covered for the past few months, we were learning about alternatives to fossil fuels, so my seventh and eighth graders researched, designed, and built their own solar cookers. It was a great end-of-my-time project, especially for the eighth graders who were totally checked out by that point anyway.

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  • Melissa May 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I love your post! We get elodea, guppies, and goldfish every year to study and compare the two fish. I never focused much on the plants though. Do you have each child make their own bottle aquarium? And thanks for the printable!Any chance you could make one that says science notebook instead of folder?
    Thanks!!
    F is For First Grade

  • Ms.M May 26, 2011 at 2:25 am

    This is fantastic. I love it. 🙂

    Ms. M
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  • Anna Brantley May 26, 2011 at 3:02 am

    oops!!!
    WOW!!! This is soooooo cool!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Anna

  • Natalie Kay May 26, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Thanks for the labels! I will absolutely be using this next year!!

  • Kristen May 27, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Thanks everyone!! 🙂 I'm so glad they can be used.

    Melissa, usually the students share a bottle (then we raffle them off). This year, my class is smaller so each student has their own. The guppies and goldfish sound great! Do they take them home after?

    I'm posting labels for the science notebooks tonight 🙂

  • Melissa May 27, 2011 at 2:52 am

    The first year we were allowed to let kids "adopt" the fish, but then after a group of frogs (in another grade level) had some disease we were told not to send home any living creatures with students. Bummer for the kids, they loved taking them home!
    I've always had the fish in larger tanks and the kids have to crowd around to observe them. So maybe next year I'll try your bottle idea and that way the fish can be spread out more.
    F is For First Grade

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