What Students Can Learn From Classroom Terrariums - Delphi Boston Delphi Boston

What Students Can Learn From Classroom Terrariums

Classroom Terrariums

noun: terrarium; plural noun: terraria; plural noun: terrariums

  1. a vivarium for smaller land animals, especially reptiles, amphibians, or terrestrial invertebrates, typically in the form of a glass-fronted case.
  2. a sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown.

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There are many ways to bring classmates together and learning at the same time. Many times this is done with a class pet or aquarium. There is, however, a less expensive and just as fun alternative! Classroom terrariums are a great learning tool, can be created in any setting, and can be big or small. They are usually used for learning about habitats, ecosystems, biology, etc. Children can get their hands in the dirt and play around while learning valuable lessons about the Earth. Here are just a few examples of what students can learn from terrariums:

  • Life Cycle Of Plants
    The life cycle of plants is easy to learn, and what better way to learn it than to witness it yourself? The students can observe the plants they grew themselves go from seed, to root, to bud, and then create new seeds! This is a standard life cycle that applies to other things as well, like humans and animals.
  • Care Of The Earth
    Terrariums can also teach children how important it is to care for the Earth. Even if their terrariums are small (a bean seed in a cup for example) it’s a little living thing kids can take care of. Caring for those little beans can teach responsibility in a way that kids will respond well to. Their small terrarium can be considered in scale to the Earth because all the basic resources are represented (sun, water, nutrients). Their small demonstration shows that the Earth needs people to care for it too.
  • Systems Interacting
    Terrariums teach how plants, animals, and insects interact similar to the real world. You can include small animals, like turtles, in addition to the plants, soil and water provided. It shows that all living things have the same resources and need to learn to share and keep everything in balance.

Overall they help raise children’s awareness of the Earth and how important maintaining harmony is, while having tons of fun! For information on the kinds of projects we do and how they align with our philosophy, contact us here!

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