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Glencoe Middle School Science: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Students will conduct a field investigation to learn about the environment. They will observe biotic and abiotic factors of an ecosystem. Students will use the CBL 2™ and a temperature probe to collect data and a graphing calculator to display and analyze data.

Before the Activity

  • Review the attached Teacher Edition PDF file
  • Make copies of the Student Edition PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Students will:

  • Conduct a field investigation to learn about the environment
  • Observe biotic and abiotic factors of an ecosystem
  • Use the CBL 2™ and a temperature probe to collect data and a graphing calculator to display and analyze data


  • Directions:
  • Distribute the student activity sheets
  • Follow the procedures as outlined
  • After the Activity

    As a class, review student progress, discussing questions that appeared to be more challenging, and re-teaching as needed.