Bottle Ecosystem, This is the most awesome class idea to teach ecosystems! Its self contained and you can observe the activity for the rest of the year. No mess no fuss and all of this cost about 17 dollars.
Building an Eco-Column Grow plants and watch animals thrive in a mini ecosystem! The eco-column demonstrates how the natural filtering system works in an ecosystem, life science experiment. Visit bottle biology for a list of plants, animals, and activities for your mini ecosystem.
Building a bug hotel or wildlife stack in your garden is a great way to attract beneficial insects and wildlife into your garden such as ladybirds, bumble bees, butterflies, frogs & toads. This will help to create a more diverse range of wildlife in your garden, help tackle those unwanted bugs in your garden and increase pollination.
Really fun activity to show why it rains. 5th graders would enjoy the hands on aspect, and it also does a great job of explaining a concept we can't see standing on the ground. Ties into our weather lesson (TEKS)