Plant Habitats: Dandelions

What You Need:

  • Meter ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Four sticks to act as corner pegs
  • String
  • Data chart for dandelions

What You Do:

  1. Make a Dandelion Data Sheet, with columns for the number of dandelions and overall health.
  2. Choose four or five different areas in which to conduct a survey of the number of dandelions. Make sure the areas chosen are different. Examples might be a sunny place, a shady place, an area with sandy soil, an area with clay soil, a well-drained area or a waterlogged area.
  3. After finding your area, mark out a 50 cm x 50 cm area. Put the pegs at each corner and then run a string around the pegs to make the border of your quadrat.
  4. Now, fill in the data in your Dandelion Data Sheet.
  5. When you are finished with one quadrat, go on to the next one.
  6. When you have collected all of your data, take a look at what you've found. Which quadrat had the most dandelions? The least? What elements contributed to the differences between quadrats? What habitat is best suited for dandelions?

To clearly see which habitat is best suited for dandelions, show your data on a bar chart with the number of dandelions on the y-axis and a bar for each area along the x-axis.

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