Students develop a plan for studying a microhabitat. They inventory the plants and animals found within their study area and develop an understanding of the interrelationships between plants, animals and soil.
Grade Level: 5-8
Time Needed: 2.5 - 3 hours
Soil Microhabitats Module/Unit (large PDF File - 11 MB)
Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations
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Identification of Soil Invertebrates - PPt file
Soil Dwelling Invertebrates and Plant Types - Text/Script (PDF file)
Helpful Links for Teachers:
University of Florida. On- Line Publications by University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Personnel
Choate, P.M. Introduction to the Identification of the Insects and Related Arthropods.
American Museum of Natural History. Biodiversity Counts.
Meyer, J.R. The Ground Crew.
Helpful Links for Students:
University of Illinois Extension. Four Major Components of Soil.
Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology. The Microbe Zoo.
Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology. Microbes in the News.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Soil Science Education Homepage.
Kernsville Elementary School, Parkland School District, PA