E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Title: A SQUARE FOOT
Author: Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Environmental Education Team
Grade Level: 3-6
3.Carrying Capacity 2.Mathematics
Students will recognize differences in the communities of two different areas by
measuring out a square foot at two different locations and from the areas,
identify, map and tally all the species they find.
Awhile we are remotely aware that there are vast differences in the world by
regions or areas such as forests, deserts, mountains and agricultural land, we
can take a look at some of the same variables at much closer range for greater
Clipboard or notebook, pencil, string in 4-foot lengths, paper. (Hand lens if
The students may work individually or in teams of two. Give each student or
team a four foot long piece of string. Direct them to place it on the ground in
the shape of a square. They should then follow the directions on the worksheet.
-Make sure you have students working in several different habitat types, i.e.,
field, shrub area, playground, beach. The most important part of the exercise is
the comparison of the different areas. Lead the discussion to questions
about the sun's energy, competition, and carrying capacity.
A SQUARE FOOT
1. Using the string, map out an area that is one foot square.
You are to explore and tally anything you can find in your area.
In you notebook, categorize the various life forms in your square foot.
2. Draw or name the various plant forms, insect life, or animal signs in your
mini area. Also, classify any dead or non-living things found in your mini
3. Keep a tally of the frequency of each item you have itemized. Be sure to
look carefully, but do not damage or destroy anything in your area.
4. If time allows, take a square foot sample in a different habitat.
How were the two areas different?
5. You could draw a picture of your own area.