Science Projects for Kids: Classifying Plants

Ecosystem Exploration

An eco-strip is a small strip of land that is part of an ecosystem. Create your own eco-strip and go on an ecosystem exploration.

What You'll Need:

  • Sticks or large rocks
  • Field guides to rocks, plants, and animals
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Markers

You can make an eco-strip by marking off a section of land with sticks or large rocks. Choose a place such as a park, forest, beach, or other natural area.

Then, study every detail of your eco-strip. This is a fun activity to do with a friend, because each of you will notice different things.

Use field guides to help you identify rocks, plants, and animals; record your findings in a notebook.

Identify as many of the eco-strip's plants, animals, and rocks as you can. Look for signs of animals, such as tracks.

Also look for ways in which humans have affected the eco-strip in good or bad ways. Maybe hikers have left trash, or maybe people have put out a basin of water that animals need in hot weather.

Take notes about everything you observe, and make a detailed map of the eco-strip.

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