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on July 17, 2012

Who knew that creating an “ecosphere” with two 2-liter Coke bottles would be such a great teaching strategy!?


I had my doubts that the ecospheres could begin to exit the “honeymoon” phase, but so far, the ecospheres have proven to be more and more interesting each day. Each of the students is given personal time to observe the ecospheres and develop their own thoughts before we discuss the whole class’s observations. As we created the ecospheres and observed them the first few days, the students learned that there is a cycle within these small bottles.


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This has led students to be more confident about their inquiry skills and subsequently, their writing ability, as they document their findings each day.


These are some of their observations/predictions from today’s class.

This morning we began teaching the class the “Water Cycle Dance.” The students used the knowledge they gained from learning about the ecospheres to develop understanding about the water cycle. Evaporation, condensation, and precipitation are now stages that the students can recognize are occurring in the ecosphere that they’ve been observing! We’ll let you know how the “Water Cycle Dance” progresses over the next few days! 🙂


2 responses to “Ecospheres!

  1. Pat says:

    I am enjoying ecospheres as much as the students. I’m so glad it is working well. I can’t wait to see the dance and film it! What a great project!

  2. Cathy Self says:

    Can’t wait to see it! What fun!

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