Ecosystem in a bottle

Learn how to create a self-sustaining ecosystem in a bottle. Explore top ideas and tips to build a miniature world that thrives on its own.
Science Experiments, Studio, Plant Science Fair Projects, Ecosystem In A Bottle, Plant Science, Experiment, Earth Science Experiments, Ecology Projects, Science Lab

Our most recent science unit is an exploration of ecosystems. We learned there are 4 parts to an ecosystem: animals, plants, decomposers, and non-living things. These bottles contain all four parts including water, soil, grass, fish, snails, gravel, worms, and a water plant. Our bottles have been self sustaining. For two weeks we haven't had to feed the animals or water the plants, and everything is still alive. Take a look:

Jenny Johnston
Ideas, Summer, Plants Science Experiments, Allotments, Plant Experiments, Ecosystem In A Bottle, Plant Science, Plant Activities, Ecosystems Projects

Growing a self-sustaining plant ecosystem in the classroom is a fun and hands-on way to teach students about ecosystems as well as the water cycle. To complete this experiment you will need clear plastic 2 liter bottles, seeds or small plants, soil, water, scissors, and tape.

Shannon C.
Earth Science, Science Projects, Gardening, Science Experiments, Ecosystem In A Bottle, Ecology Projects, Ecosystems Projects, Earth Day Activities, Science Education

In this multi-day activity, students explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism interactions by creating a scale model biodome through applying the engineering design process. The Procedure section provides activity instructions for Biodomes unit, lessons 2-6, as students work through Parts 1-6 to develop their model biodome. Subjects include energy flow and food chains, basic needs of plants and animals, and the importance of decomposers. Students consider why a solid…