Square of Life Project
June 6, 2011
Stephenson Academy, Willow Spring, NC
Our square was on what used to be farmland. Flying insects like butterflies, wasps,
bees, dragonflies, and moths were observed flying in and out of our square. Several
varieties of spiders; green with red hairs on legs, small jumpy black spiders, even a
tick was observed. Two stages of the ladybug were found: larvae and a ladybug.
There were also egg sacks: spit worm and an unidentified small, white, cotton
textured egg, a leaf with a white puffy ball (egg sack). A cricket and grasshoppers
were also found.
The plants were the usual grass (since it was a hay field at one time) of wiregrass
and hay. A flat, gray mushroom was also found, and small tree saplings of purple
ash. Weeds of dandelion and several small flowers of yellow, purple, and white and
wild onion were observed.
Non-living items found in our square was some trash which had probably been
blown over from the wind (our square is near our home) and a tire from a small toy.
It has very sandy soil with small rocks. A lot of decomposition has taken place, since
it used to be used for agriculture. It has dark coal-like substances with the small fine
grains of dirt and dead plants.
The schools we compared are listed below.
Blue Ridge Intermediate School, AZ
Animals: ant, beetle, lizard, flying bug (squirrel, hoof prints, dead tree)
Plants: bush, tree, weeds, grass (dandelions, ferns, oak and ponderosa pines with
Non-living- lava rock (used to be volcanic) not any trash (had snow and mud)
Gearity Professional Development School, Ohio
Plants: grass, tree, weed (clover, honey locust pods, ivy, dandelions, pine needles,
Non-living: dirt, plastic, mud
Blue Ridge School had several insects that were very similar to ours. They had a lot
more large animals observed. The plants were similar except for the large pines,
which had very interesting smells. Non-living was also very different in that they
had igneous rocks compared to our sedimentary type sand.
The reason for the differences and similarities is that they are a lot more west on the
continent and their environment and climate is different from ours.
Gearity Professional Development School, in Ohio, had a lot of similarities except
that they seemed to have a lot of worms in their square and not a lot of other insects.
The plants were similar and they had a type of dirt that was not very rocky just like
Since they listed mud, their dirt could be very damp there which is the opposite of
our soil, which is drier. So they may live in a rainy area compared to us or just closer
to a water source.
In conclusion, our square of life is not that different from the others. Depending on
where you live, there are particular characteristics that may make your area special,
but in all, they are very similar.