Mangiante, Elaine Silva
September 2009
Science & Children;Sep2009, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p35
Academic Journal
The article provides information on the field trip conducted by a science teacher as part of her life science units on habitats to allow fifth-grade students to compare the characteristics between a field and forest. Students collected baseline data on the biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) elements at work in a field and forest. It notes that several differences between a field and forest were discovered by students such as the intensity of the light was greater in the field, the forest had soil temperatures and cooler air. The goal of the activity is to promote habits of mind and critical-thinking skills to students.


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