Science inquiry and critter habitats for elementary through high school classrooms & home schooling!

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  • Low-cost critter habitats for exploring science at home and in the classroom.
  • Use two-liter bottles to build critter habitats for anoles, ants, crickets and spiders then use student observations for science inquiry lessons!
  • Use in elementary, middle, or high school life science classrooms.
  • Students can use condos for science projects, science experiments with critter behavior, and thinking about "what is science?"

Table of Contents

  1. Chameleon Condos: Stimulating Interest In Science
  2. Building the Basic 5-Bottle Condo
  3. Parts List: (for a 5-bottle condo)
  4. Step by Step Directions
  5. Variations to the Condo
  6. Ten-Bottle
  7. Nine-Bottle
  8. Eighteen-Bottle (Version A)
  9. Eighteen-Bottle (Version B)
  10. Mini-Condos
  11. Caring For Your Critters
  12. Chameleons
  13. Crickets
  14. Feeding Tubes for Crickets
  15. Art Colony
  16. Spiders
  17. Preparing Students for Doing Science Investigations
  18. Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  19. How to Begin
  20. Observation Logs
  21. SSCS & Critical Thinking in Action - Ant Study
  22. Integrating Science Into Other Subject Areas
  23. Putting It All Together
  24. Design and Problem Solving Challenges
  25. New Designs Created by Students
  26. New Designs and Creative Design Award

Sample Page 11

Complete directions on building the various condos for Anoles, Ants, Crickets, Spiders and other critters! Build the 5-bottle model, or the 9, 10, or 18 bottle condos.

Sample Page 24

Raising crickects requires some special adaptations. Watch pin-head sized crickets emerge from the soil! See crickets molt and emerge completely white after shedding their exoskelton.

Sample Page 25

The book contains the many variations beyond the five-bottle condo, customized for combinations of crickets and anoles, with special adaptations and modifications to make it easier to grow and feed the critters.

Sample Page 45

Included is a thorough description of a problem solving model for exploring questions about the anoles, crickets, ants and spiders. Also included are activities designed to get your students better prepared for doing science investigations.