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Life in the Sidewalk Cracks


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Life in the Sidewalk Cracks

In this activity, learners compare plant and animal life in different habitats including a sidewalk crack and lawn. Learners sort human-made materials and natural materials found in each habitat. Learners also examine the specimens with a magnifying glass and make sketches. This activity can be used to explore human impact, habitats, and/or field studies.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 craft stick
  • 4 pieces of white paper
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 magnifying glass

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, ©2001

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