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Schoolyard Study

Experiment #8 from Middle School Science with Vernier

Education Level
Middle School


Our environment is important to all of us. In this activity you will investigate your schoolyard as an environment. Scientists study large areas by looking at samples. One way to sample an environment is to look at data along a straight line called a transect. In this experiment, you will gather data along a transect in your schoolyard.


In this experiment, you will

  • Measure ground and air temperatures at various locations along a transect.
  • Observe and classify the living organisms at those locations.
  • Determine if there are temperature differences between the ground and air above it.
  • Organize and present your results.

Sensors and Equipment

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This experiment is #8 of Middle School Science with Vernier. The experiment in the book includes student instructions as well as instructor information for set up, helpful hints, and sample graphs and data.

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