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The objective of this lesson is to explore some of the abiotic factors that influence the sagebrush landscape. Students will review what they learned from the landscape equation through a fun game of Simon Says. They will think about why plants rely chiefly on air and water to create their own food in order to grow. The emphasis will be on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water not from soil. Through inquiry, students will design a mini research investigation that explores deeper into the relationship between these abiotic factors and plants which allows students the opportunity to witness how matter can be transported into, out of and within a system.
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Fisher, Paige L.; Houseal, Ana K.; Tuthill, Dorothy; and Shim, Jenna, "Lesson 3: The Importance of Air and Water to the Sagebrush" (2016). 5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition. 10.