Glossary of terms
A glossary is an alphabetic list of words with explanations.
Not dead. Plants and animals that are not dead can use water and food, grow and perhaps even reproduce.
To make something (usually a liquid) thinner or weaker by adding something to it (usually water).
A test where you do a series of actions and carefully watch what happens in order to learn about something.
The description of the things (materials) and what will be done (method) in the order they will be done for an experiment.
A pathway for nutrients or elements through one or more organisms and back to the environment
Is anything that was formed by living organisms. Things such as dead leaves, animal waste and dead insects are all examples of organic matter.
Soil is made up of clay, rocks and organic matter. Organic matter is made up of dead plants and animals.
A type of moss that grows in New Zealand. When dried, it can absorb and hold a lot of water, just like a sponge. Seedlings can be grown in sphagnum moss, instead of soil.
When leaves are in daylight they release water through small holes in their leaves. This water loss is called transpiration.