Today at Fenner Nature Center, Chelsea Ezze and Jen Adams's classes got their hands dirty and dove in to discover how the living and nonliving components of our environment work together to form ecosystems. Using the tools of the trade, students worked together to draw their own conclusions about how different ecosystems are similar and different through the use of hands-on investigations.
Students collect data about different types of soil: first they identify the area to take their soil sample. Then, using a core sampler to extract the soil, they examine the soil's properties.
Students compare the temperatures in the prairie and the forest.
Students take notes and record their data.