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Students examine the importance of soil as a world resources. In this soil resources lesson, students participate in a demonstration that uses an apple to represent the portions of the world. They watch as the teacher divides the apple until there is 3% left which represents the area left to grow food. They carry out a discussion of the necessity to maintain open spaces.
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second instructional activity of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of soil. First, learners look carefully at soil samples, recording their observations and identifying the different materials they find. Then, plastic bottles filled with soil and water are shaken up in order to observe how the soil settles in different layers at the bottom. Measure these layers and discuss how soil is composed of a variety of materials. Use this activity to facilitate a better understanding of plant life, or as part of a instructional activity on geological processes.
Learners grow plants in soil representing that found in the Amazon basin. They compare results to plants growing in fertile soil and soil fertilized with leaf compost. Students chart, average and graph plant growth by height. Learners compare leaf development in plants grown in different soils.
Students model the soils layers using Oreo's. In this instructional activity students use their favorite food items to create a model of soil layers. A discovery instructional activity from a youth camp is adapted for classroom modeling and discussion of soil ecology. Teachers can customize to add depth to meet their needs.
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.
Young geographers collect samples of different kinds of soil to match to the soil terms in Barry Rudner's rhyming book Filet of Soil: dirt, mud, dust, soot, etc. They start a glossary for the project on index cards or large sheets of paper and post them in the hall for others to see! Invite a younger class to the hall to hear verbal presentations of the cards! Special treat: Follow the links to inspiring community-building activities, discussion builders.
New Review Weathering and Soil Formation
A set of 27 slides systematically shows how weathering, erosion, and deposition contribute to soil formation. Both chemical and mechanical weathering are described, as are resulting soil layers and properties. There is no longer any need to scour the Earth in search of a pertinent weathering presentation!
Teach your class the descriptive characteristics of soil. Provide information about particle size and a flow chart for assessing texture. Soil scientists then analyze samples and hypothesize which would be the best type for a rain garden. This sixth lesson in a series of fifteen, is an integral part of planning.
Soil scientists gain experience with an infiltrometer can to determine the infiltration rates at different locations on campus. If you are using the entire unit, the class has already analyzed water flow and soil types, so they should have eliminated several possible locations for setting up a rain garden. The lesson can, however, stand alone as a lesson on soil characteristics. This is an activity that would be skipped over if you are planning a rain garden with primary classes.
The land has always provided its inhabitants with resources that allow them to survive. However, sometimes resources run scarce and sharing becomes an important task. Help little ones understand why and how people have shared resources with a fun game. The game reinforces the concepts of conservation, sustainability, and the responsibility of sharing with the community.
Begin with the third slide to help earth science learners investigate one of our most valuable natural resources: soil. Straightforward and fact-filled slides define soil, describe its formation and composition, and explore reclamation and conservation practices. This is most appropriate for high school or college-level geology courses when beginning a unit on soil science.
Students conduct an experiment to evaluate whether plants need soil to survive and grow. They plant two seeds, one with soil and one without, make predictions, and record and analyze the seed germination results on a worksheet.
Students name three general kinds of soil: sand, silt and clay. They explain how percolation rates differ with the soil type. Students name two characteristics of wetland soils. They test soils to demonstrate how soil texture affects percolation rates and will'become' soil particles to experience soil types in an imaginary flower pot.
Students examine how erosion is affected by the composition of the soil and the slope of the land. They look at plant roots, rocks and land slope as experimental factors. They complete the associated worksheets before discussing their results in whole class setting.
Students are introduced to the concept of acids and bases and arouse curiosity about acids and bases in daily life. They are introduced to the measurement of soil pH. Pupils are introduced to the effect of soil pH on nutrient cycling and loss. They are also introduced to the environmental impact of soil acidity.
Students show how soil varies across the landscape, they explain how soil can be used to solve mysteries. Pupils are introduced to techniques that would be used to distinguish soils from different places.
Students are introduced to soil textures and why they are important in examining soil quality. They find out how to feel the difference between soil textures. Pupils describe which soil texture is best for gardens and growing healthy plants.
In this soil and water conservation Boy Scout merit badge learning exercise, students complete 5 pages of multiple step, short answer questions about soil and how to conserve it. They list different types of soil, plant nutrients, and define associated vocabulary.
Students examine soil and discuss its nutrients. In this soil lesson, students engage in an apple activity in which students come to understand that the amount of land for farming/plant growing is very small. Students then examine various soil samples brought from home and discuss the nutrients found in soil.
This lesson is an investigation of soil properties, particularly texture, color and space for air and water. Student inspect soil samples found in their locale, perform several tests to determine different properties, and involves a field-site investigation of soil detailed in individual science journals.