Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 4: Making a Terrarium to Study the Water Cycle

Today we made a terrarium in preparation for Classical Conversations Week 4 next week when we will be learning about the water cycle.    It was very easy to do, and although you can find ideas on how to do this all over the internet, we used this post as our primary guide.

All you need is a glass jar or container that is clear and has a lid, some pebbles, potting soil, and a plant.  We used an African violet.

First add some pebbles to the bottom of the jar.

First add some pebbles to the bottom of the jar.

Next, add your potting soil.

Next, add your potting soil.

Finally, add your plant to the jar and water it.  Close the jar.

Finally, add your plant to the jar and water it. Close the jar.

Place the terrarium where it will receive sunlight.  The sun will turn the water to water vapor, and then the water will condense on the jar and fall back down.  This illustrates evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.  The plant will also lose water through its leaves (transpiration).

 

 

 

 

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