The Amazing Ecology of Terrestrial Isopodsby: Christopher Dobson and Dan Postema

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Third-grade students investigate roly-polies to learn about ecosystems.

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  • on Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:34 AM

This amazing article turned common pill bugs (roly-polies) into a wonderful study of the ecology (examining how organisms interact with their environment, including other organisms) of the pill bugs. One thing I had never seen before was a choice chamber where the pill bugs had a chance to decide which habitat they preferred. This article goes into great detail on the experiments done by the students. What a simple way to study animal behaviors!!

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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