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The Composition of Soil
In this composition of soil instructional activity, students 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 complete experiments in which they test the amount of humus in soil samples. They record their data and discuss the results. They write a story about soils to end the lesson.
Under Our Feet
Students investigate the forest ecosystem to learn of the living and non-living elements of the soil. In this ecosystem lesson, students examine soil for twigs, moss, fungi, leaves, roots and other matter. Students complete a worksheet. Students discuss and recognize decomposition of objects in the soil.
Soil, Designer Soil: From Rainforests to the Prairie
Learners explore the role and importance of soil in the ecosystem. In this Science and Social Studies lesson, students complete an experiment using various kinds of soil and clay and then examine how soil has a direct impact on our environment and society.
Students examine soil. In this soil composition instructional activity students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The students discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
Digging the Earth's Crust
Students investigate the Earth's crust. In this geology lesson, students identify the materials made up of the Earth's crust and investigate the different kinds of soil.
Students create soil profiles, including rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus, in clear plastic cups out of edible materials.
Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Scientists define and discuss decomposition, and watch pumpkins decompose and return to soil in classroom experiment. They record the date the experiment began, chart changes in pumpkins on a calendar, count how many days it takes pumpkins to decompose, and interpret results of experiment in small groups. Finally, they discuss the purpose and importance of composting and recycling.
Building Soil Nature's Way: Exploring decomposition and soil health
Students explore decomposition and soil health by creating their own garden. In this agriculture lesson, students build a "lasagna garden" with organic matter found in the area and plant perennials native to their region. Students are given the responsibility of watering, mulching, and maintaining paths through the garden.
Case of the Missing Pumpkin
Students explore the process of decomposition. In this science lesson, students carve a pumpkin and observe as it decomposes. Students compare the changes to an uncarved pumpkin. Students write about the disappearing pumpkin.
Animals, Soil, Trees
Fourth graders describe the various kinds of soils and how plants and animals are affected by them. They describe the baic needs of plants, scoring at least a 3 or 4 on a 4-point rubic. Students are able to predict and/or infer what environmental factors must be present for organisms to survive and reproduce, scoring at least 3 on a 4- point rubic.
Erosion: Natural or Unnatural
Learners explore how water has the power to erode, how developing the land (building roads, buildings and parking lots) increases the amount of water reaching our rivers, and how this greater quantity of water increases erosion. They define erosion and explain why erosion has increased in the river.
Examining the Stages in Ecological Succession
In this ecosystems worksheet, students use illustrations and descriptions of four ponds to determine the order of succession. Students complete 8 fill in the blank questions and 5 short answer questions.
Examining the Stages of Ecological Succession
In this ecological succession activity, students answer questions about the process of succession in four ponds given diagrams and descriptions.
The Dirt We Depend On- Characteristics of Dirt Reading Comprehension Worksheet
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a selection about dirt and soil characteristics. They answer 10 matching questions and 5 multiple choice questions based on the information given in the non-fiction article.
Students discover the benefits of composting. They identify the steps of decomposition as well. They are read a book and discuss what items decompose.
Learners observe and complete activities to learn about soil texture. In this soil lesson, students brainstorm about types of soil and use microscopes to study types of soil. Learners record their findings on a 'tree thinking map.' Students visit the 'Soil Science Education Page' and add information to the tree maps. Learners make a Venn diagram to compare the soils they investigated. Students then write a simile poem about the soil and complete an test.
Getting Down & Dirty With Soils
First graders identify different properties of soil through exploration, tell which kind of soil is best for plant growth and list supporting reasons. They document what they learned in a Science Notebook with diagrams, labels, sentences, and thinking maps.
Ecology and the Conservation of Natural Resources
Students examine the components of ecosystems. They compare and contrast an ecosystem to an aquatic ecosystem. They examine a local ecosystem and discuss its components.
Food Chains And Webs
Students investigate the concept of soil and all its components. They collect samples from a local site and transplant it into a terrarium. Students identify the organic elements, clay ,silt, and other forms of debris. They also identify how much water the soil can hold.