Build an aquarium in your classroom. Aquariums are a living example of how an ecosystem works. Students will see how this aquatic system works from the parts of a functional aquatic habitat to oxygen needs and the cycle of how the fish waste feeds plants. Your aquarium ecosystem will have guppies/babies, snails, plants, etc.
When you purchase the equipment - owners of Becker Pet & Garden in Detroit Lakes will explain the entire process as they help you build the ecosystem. The range for a 10 gallon is $50-75 for filters, lights, etc. Your class can also visit the store to pick out the equipment, beware that because of the size of the store they can do a maximum of one class at a time. The more specific the topics/concepts the teacher requests the more helpful it is for staff to plan a meaningful activity. This aquarium activity is geared to grades 2 - 5.
Choose to purchase your aquarium at Becker Pet & Garden and make it an educational experience. Becker Pet & Garden - Phone 218-847-8265.
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES PreK-2:
A-3 When the parts of social systems and natural systems are put together, they can do things they couldn't do by themselves.
B-2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.
MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The student will recognize that plants and animals have life cycles.
Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, C. Interdependence of Life. The students will understand that organisms live in different environments.
Grade 3 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The Students will recognize that plants and animals have different structures that serve various functions.
4.I.A.1 - The student will explore the uses and effects of science in our interaction with the natural world.
5.IV.F.2- The student will use food webs to describe the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in Minnesota.
5.IV.F.3- The student will recognize that organisms are growing, dying and decaying, and that their matter is recycled.
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Lon or Sallie Eikren
Becker Pet & Garden