While the cups cooled in the ice the children continued their conversations of ecosystems.
They identified each of six ecosystems and then named animals that they would find in each. This has been an on-going conversation.
The students gathered back in their groups. One student went to the cooler to get the cups. The children discovered that the thermometers in the dirt hadn't moved as far as the thermometers in the air. They checked their predictions and revised them based on the new information. They discussed why the turtles might want to dig down in the dirt when it got cold outside! Great lesson!