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In the last Sci-ber Text activity you created a small environment.

An aquarium is a small-scale water environment. A pond, lake, or the ocean is a large one.

A terrarium is a tiny jungle, forest, or desert, depending on what you put in it.

In this activity you will compare a small-scale environment with a large one.


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Aquaruim, terrarium, fish bowl, or planter
  1. Fold a regular piece of paper in half and in half again to make a little booklet.
  1. On the outside front of your booklet, draw a picture of the small-scale environment you want to compare. Choose aquarium, terrarium, fish bowl, or planter.
  1. On the outside back of your booklet, draw a picture of the matching large environment.
  1. On the insides, compare the two environments. You may want to compare plants, animals, light, water, and temperature. For example, in an aquarium, the light comes from an electric bulb. In a pond, the light comes from the sun.
  1. Share your book. Point out that larger animals can only survive in the large environment. (You can’t keep a tiger in a terrarium!) Some organisms can live in either a large or small-scale environment.

Download the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE 3rd grade science core.

Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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