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4-H Science Toolkits - Ecosystems Matters

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The Ecosystems Matters toolkit provides materials to do the activities from this U.S. Forestry curriculum (PDF) geared towards grades 3-5. Activities include an introduction to ecosystems, carrying capacity, discovering habitats, indicator species, natural resources, and how we use them and more. In addition, some materials from this National 4-H curriculum are also included to discover local ecosystems and practice scientific observations, but these do require outside observation access for some of the lessons.

Included in this kit are:

  • 4 sponges (different colors)
  • Dry erase marker
  • Drawing paper
  • Colored pencils
  • 12 Foil lined baking cups
  • Cupcake baking pan
  • 12 magnifying glasses
  • Course sea salt
  • Table salt
  • 12 craft sticks
  • 4 small plastic cups
  • Ccopper wire
  • 12 marbles
  • Clay (enough to hold marble still for each student)
  • String
  • 10 small traffic cones
  • Clear glass jar
  • Potting soil
  • Grass seed
  • 2 different colored bandanas
  • Laminated cards for ‘On the Edge’ game
  • 3×5 index cards (one for each student)
  • Yarn (yellow and green)
  • ‘The Incredible Journey’ Playing Cards
  • The Lorax by Dr. Suess

Materials NOT included in this kit are:

  • Bowls
  • Pencils
  • Pretzels
  • Oven
  • Water
  • Toilet paper tubes


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