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Human Activity and the Environment

Students study food web relationships and how natural and human induced changes in the environment such as severe storms, drought, floods, housing developments, road salt, and fertilizer runoff upset the balance of ecosystems.

  • Grades 5-8
  • Designed for 24 students working in groups of 4
They investigate nature’s ability to restore balance between the number of different types of organisms, such as predators and prey, within natural habits of the community. Hands on activities include, Exploring Biodiversity, The Salted Roads, The Effects of Runoff, Flooding and Decomposition, The Forest Community, and the Hawks and Mice Game. Conservation is discussed in terms of using natural resources wisely to help preserve the natural balance.
Additional materials required: fresh celery, an apple, a slice of bread, dominoes, recycled milk jugs or alternative containers, and salt.

Ordering information: Kit contains instructor Manual, Plastic Cups, Small Jars, Miracle Gro™, Methylene Blue Stain, Vinegar, Yeast, Sugar, Sand, Potting Soil, Radish Seeds, Bean Seeds, Game Beads, Bowls, Plastic Spoons.



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470231-164 Human Activity and the Environment Kit
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