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In this composition of soil worksheet, high schoolers study the make-up of soil by identifying the amount of air in the soil, the amount of water in the soil, the size of the mineral grains in the soil and the proportion of humus in the soil. Students follow directions to determine the amount of each component of the soil and answer 2 analysis questions.
Students observe and complete activities to learn about soil texture. In this soil activity, students brainstorm about types of soil and use microscopes to study types of soil. Students record their findings on a 'tree thinking map.' Students visit the 'Soil Science Education Page' and add information to the tree maps. Students make a Venn diagram to compare the soils they investigated. Students then write a simile poem about the soil and complete an test.
The different types of soil are the focus of this science lesson. Students gather clues about soil samples by viewing a PowerPoint presentation and using an Intel microscope. Learners view three different types of soil in bags, and make a prediction as to what type it is. Then, after they view the PowerPoint and utilize the microscope, they can change or confirm their initial predictions. Very good lesson!
Which ones can be thrown on the ground? Discover the difference between natural litter and unhealthy trash, helping scholars by using several examples. Use the information here to give them a basic background, but also encourage prior knowledge. Auntie Litter delves even deeper into the topic in a 15-minute podcast video in which the Pollution Patrol learns about the importance of plants to our survival. Incorporate reading, math, social studies, art, science, and even cooking using one or all of the extension activities described here. Consider also challenging kids to create an Auntie Litter video or skit of their own!
This presentation on soil shows how it is formed, what the different types of soil are, how soil is eroded, and how soil can be conserved. Fantastic photos and excellent graphics and text are found in each of the slides. The last slide is set up as a nice review of everything pupils have learned during the slide show. An excellent PowerPoint!
Have your young biologists visit decomposition stations as they explore the process of organic material. This activity involves some set-up as kids will be visiting 13 desks to collect colored paper each representing a different element of the natural cycle. They roll dice to determine which station they visit next, ideally visiting all 13 by the end of the exercise. Although there aren't many details here, it seems learners discuss the cycle transitions and the importance of balance between nitrogen and carbon-rich nutrients. This may be a good starting point for a sustainable garden project.