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Schoolyard Study

Figure from experiment 8 from Middle School Science with Vernier


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

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 8 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Middle School Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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