Webinar: Student-Designed Ecosystem Experiments in Middle Grades

Teaching Middle-Level and Upper-Elementary Students Ecosystem Concepts with Hands-On Fast Plant Investigations

Student-designed investigations that use Wisconsin Fast Plants® to study ecosystems are powerful, three-dimensional learning experiences. In this webinar, we share a ready-to-teach, hands-on approach for upper elementary or middle school students to investigate ecosystem interactions.

Hedi Baxter Lauffer and Claudia Solís-Lemus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison demonstrate and discuss how to support learners in identifying patterns using age-appropriate data analysis to investigate abiotic and biotic ecosystem variables. The webinar also includes a discussion of teaching options with a variety of time commitments.

Participants receive access to both an editable version of the featured investigation and slides from the webinar.


Carolina Biological—Julie Stubbs, Product Manager for Zoology, Botany, and Microbiology

University of Wisconsin-Madison—

  • Hedi Baxter Lauffer, Director of Teaching and Learning, Wisconsin Fast Plants® Program

  • Claudia Solís-Lemus, Assistant Professor and Data Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Additional Reading: Webinar: Adapting a Lesson on Selection to Remote Learning

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