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Students learn what it means to be sustainable, and explore the basics of an ecosystem. We often use this as our first class when we are teaching at a new school. Students discuss photosynthesis, respiration, and interconnectedness by building their own terrarium in a jar.  60 min | Ages 5-10 

What is Sustainable?
Build an Ecosystem in a Jar

This download comes with a detailed lesson plan and a supply list to gather your materials. Also included in this download is the digital file for the 11 x 17 Teacher Ecosystem Diagram Worksheet, an 8.5 x 11 Student Ecosystem Diagram Worksheet, a Sustainability Activity Sheet, and terrarium care instructions to email to parents. We recommend buying materials at least 5-7 days before your class and to plan about 3-4 hours of prep depending on the size of your class.