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Inquiries in Science®: Building Ecological Pyramids Kit

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Inquiries in Science®: Building Ecological Pyramids Kit is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Grades 9–12. Explore how energy moves through an ecosystem. Students analyze the contents of owl pellets and construct ecological pyramids to represent the data collected. After discussing their results, students are then challenged to apply their knowledge by constructing an ecological pyramid based on the foods they themselves eat. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups.

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  • Analyze animal remains to determine food chains and energy flow
  • Explore environmental impact based on students' own food selections
  • Create food pyramids based on individual student diets

Grades 9–12. Explore how energy moves through an ecosystem. Students analyze the contents of owl pellets and construct ecological pyramids to represent the data collected. After discussing their results, students are then challenged to apply their knowledge by constructing an ecological pyramid based on the foods they themselves eat. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups. Receive a FREE digital Teacher's Manual and Student Guide with kit purchase.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.

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Kit contains enough material for 30 students working in 15 groups of 2.

Components Qty Included?
Heat Transfer Kit 1 Included
Large Owl Pellets 16 Included
Wooden Probes 32 Included
Plastic Forceps 16 Included
Hand Lenses 16 Included
Laminated Pyramid Worksheets 15 Included
Dry-Erase Markers 15 Included
Owl Food Chain Poster 1 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Paper Plates 30 Needed, Not included
Rulers 15 Needed, Not included
Roll of Clear Tape 1 Needed, Not included
Graphing Paper Needed, Not included
Paper Towels Needed, Not included
Dissecting Microscope (optional) Needed, Not included
Calculators (optional) Needed, Not included
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kit (but proceed with caution if your students are remedial) I loved the structure of the included lesson plans- they make connections to physics, important environmental issues, and basic ecological theories. All of this, plus the fun, hands on, slightly gross experience of dissecting owl pellets. Having said all of that, I had to dramatically modify this kit for use with my class. Unfortunately, about 50% of my students did not have the math skills to understand the quantitative aspects of the included lesson plans. The math that the kit assumes students are able to do is perfectly reasonable (graphing, ratios, arithmetic, multi-step problems), but if you have many seriously remedial students, be prepared to modify heavily. In other words, if you regularly worry about your students being unable to graduate from high school on time, you will probably either have to spend A LOT of time on these lessons or you will have to cut out some of the more mathematical parts.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to understand the energy pyramid Although we had always done the owl pellet lab, we had never linked it quantitatively to the energy pyramid. This lab does that in such a way that engages students! In using this kit we were able to take a "fun" lab and make it a conceptual lab!!
Date published: 2010-06-14
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Inquiries in Science Series

Inquiries in Science® Series Kits

Inquiries in Science® is our exclusive series of hands-on kits specifically designed to help high school students understand abstract, hard-to-grasp science concepts. The series tracks well with most textbooks, and kit topics reflect state science standards and extensive educator input. Since Inquiries in Science® is modular, you can use the kits individually, as a strand, or as a series to teach biology, chemistry, and environmental science.


Improve Student Achievement

Field-tested in classrooms nationwide, Inquiries in Science® employs guided inquiry based on the 5E learning cycle of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. This inquiry-based approach also promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) practices. It enables students to:

  • Consider a real-world question or problem
  • Plan and conduct an investigation and gather data
  • Understand the science concept by analyzing data and communicating findings
  • Apply their findings to the original real-world question or problem and master the science concept

Inquiries in Science® helps students build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and encourages creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. It creates an environment in which you and your students work together as active learners.

Disciplines and topics addressed by the kits were organized and selected based on data from numerous sources, including the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards, AAAS's Project 2061 Science Benchmarks, NAEP's Science Framework, and state science education standards from across the US. In addition, the Inquiries in Science® content and activities reflect the science practices and engineering practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts outlined by the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education (2011) and the Next Generation Science Standards (2013).


Inquiries in Science® Components

  • Kit—Includes lab supplies (enough for at least 30 students working in groups) plus teacher's manual.
  • Kit Refill—Replenishes consumed materials
  • Multi Class Equipment Set—Includes extra lab supplies so you can use the kit in 1 additional class section per day. Note: You'll also need to order an extra kit refill for each additional class section. For example, to teach the same Inquiries in Science® kit in 3 biology sections on the same day, purchase 1 kit, 2 kit refills, and 2 multi class equipment sets.
  • Digital Teacher's Manual—FREE with kit purchase

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