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Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science

TerrAqua Column | Track Our Progress: Is It Alive?

Click on the links below to see pictures of the components we put into our TerrAqua system. See the Is It Alive? activity instructions for questions to consider, use the Is It Alive? Data Sheet (PDF) to classify each component as living, dead, or nonliving. If you need help, the TerrAqua Column Organisms Information Sheet (PDF) may be useful.

Note: Because our goals were to use the TerrAqua Column as a learning tool for your Essential Science for Teachers course, we combined local collections with purchased specimens to make our system particularly diverse; your components, of course, may differ.

Anole

Anole

Beetles

Beetles

Bottle

Bottle

Bread Mold

Bread

Crickets

Crickets

Dried Peas

Dried Peas

Duckweed

Duckweed

Earthworms

Earthworms

Elodea

Elodea

Fern

Fern

Flatworm

Flatworm

Fish

Fish

Green Algae

Green Algae

Grass Seeds

Grass Seeds

Gravel

Gravel

Hydra (magnified 100x)

Hydra

Pill Bugs

Pill Bugs

Leaf Litter

Liverwort

Liverwort

Millipede

Millipede

Moss

Moss

Pine Seedling

Pine Seedling

Potato Cube Sprout

Potato Cube

Radish Seeds (sprouted)

Radish Seeds

Rock

Rock

Sagittaria

Sagittaria

Selaginella

Selaginella

Sand

Sand

Slime Mold (magnified 100x)

Slime Mold

Snails

Snails

Soil

Soil

Twig

Twig

Water

Water

Water Fern

Water Fern

Water Flea (magnified 100x)

Water Flea

Sessions