Biodiversity in Healthy Soil

A field may look like just an expanse of dirt. While in fact, it is a functioning soil ecosystem. Young scientists study the functional diversity in a soil ecosystem by first brainstorming all the organisms they can think of that life in it. Groups then select one organism to research, create a short presentation about it, and its place in the ecosystem and share their findings with the class.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Prepare images of bacteria, fungi, algae, earthworms, insect larvae, etc. to show class members after they have generated the list of organisms that may be found in a soil ecosystem
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computers with internet access
Pros
  • Provides a list of research questions
  • Offers suggestions for differentiation and extensions
Cons
  • None