Soil Life Discovery Kit® (Berlese Funnels and Soil Insect Pitfall Traps)


Soil Life Discovery Kit® (Berlese Funnels and Soil Insect Pitfall Traps)

Discover life in compost piles or in the duff at the base of a tree. Investigate different sections of a garden, school yard, or natural area. The kit's components include three each of 4" diameter soil organism sifting funnels, 8" x 6" x 4" observation containers (with lids), and 12-ounce lucite collection jars (with lids), plus a high power magnifier, a guide to soil organisms, and booklet. Recommended for ages 11 and up, with adult supervision.


Introduction (from the activity booklet that comes with this kit):

This kit challenges students in grades 5-8 to apply scientific reasoning and mathematical skills as they study the distribution patterns of common terrestrial insects and other invertebrates. Two basic techniques are used the pitfall trap technique and the Berlese funnel method. All materials needed for both techniques are provided. The activities highlighted in this booklet are designed to help students (1) improve their ability to investigate, gather data, and interpret the results; (2) gain an appreciation for the diversity of insects and other invertebrates which live around a school, park or backyard; and (3) develop an understanding of food chain relationships, decomposition, and life cycles. Kit contents: The Soil Life Discovery Kit includes three specimen jars, three funnels with removable screens, three sorting trays with lids, three wooden sorting sticks, this booklet, a magnifying glass, and the book, Life in a Bucket of Soil. Expansion kits are also available, enabling teachers to study more sites, create more traps, and experiment with different attractants. A field guide to common invertebrates is found in the back of the activity booklet (included).

Receive 10% off when ordering 10 or more of this item. Upon checkout, discounts for all items are added together and collectively subtracted from the total.

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