Ecosystem in a bottle

Learn how to create a self-sustaining ecosystem in a bottle. Explore top ideas and tips to build a miniature world that thrives on its own.
Earth Science, Life Science, Gardening, Science Projects, Science Experiments, Ecosystem In A Bottle, Earth Day Activities, Whole Earth, Science Education

In this multi-day activity, students explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism interactions by creating a scale model biodome through applying the engineering design process. The Procedure section provides activity instructions for Biodomes unit, lessons 2-6, as students work through Parts 1-6 to develop their model biodome. Subjects include energy flow and food chains, basic needs of plants and animals, and the importance of decomposers. Students consider why a solid…

Studio, Plant Science Fair Projects, Ecosystem In A Bottle, Plant Science, Parts, Experiment, Earth Science Experiments, Ecology Projects, Science Lab

Our most recent science unit is an exploration of ecosystems. We learned there are 4 parts to an ecosystem: animals, plants, decomposers, and non-living things. These bottles contain all four parts including water, soil, grass, fish, snails, gravel, worms, and a water plant. Our bottles have been self sustaining. For two weeks we haven't had to feed the animals or water the plants, and everything is still alive. Take a look:

Jenny Johnston
My Mom did this with her AP Environmental Science kids - it was a hit! Science Projects, Science Experiments, Doodle, Montessori, Ecosystem In A Bottle, Ecosystems Projects, Pond Life, Bottle Ecosystem, Science Activities

This is not my idea, but I know a good one when I see it, and I had to tuck this away to do this summer with the kids. Some kids at one of our schools did something similar for a science project, and then my friend Michelle, over at Scribbit, detailed the project when she did it with her children up in Alaska. That being said, so that I take no credit whatsoever, this is a really, really cool thing to do with your kids, young and old. Even my sixteen year old daughter was completely engaged…

Stacey Lengyel
Make a Pop Bottle Ecosystem to show illustrate how the animals, plants, and non-living things in an environment all affect one another. Also includes a lesson on responsibility.

This project is an ecosystem in a bottle showing how animals, plants, and non-living things are all connected.

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