Review: Terrarium Habitats is one of over two dozen teachers guides in the GEMS series written by staff members of the Lawrence Hall of Science. Prepared for grades K-6, this book outlines several explorations into soil, plants, animals and ecological processes (decomposition, nutrient cycling, photosynthesis...) of a terrarium habitat. These activities provide excellent opportunities for inquiry learning and understanding connections within an ecosystem.
Other Information: Terrarium Habitats ($12.50) is available from GEMS, Lawrence Hall of Science, University. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 or call 510-642-7771. Paperback. 96 pages.
What are the ecological consequences of turning a plot of woods and an adjacent field into a parking lot? This is the broad question that framed a fifteen day inquiry for a group of middle school students who were participating in a summer science experience designed, in part, to explore techniques for developing communities of inquiry in science classrooms.