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Students investigate botany by creating a soil separating device. In this plant life lesson, students identify the needs of plants and how important the right soil is in the growing process. Students define different soil types and create a soil separator in their classroom using hammers, plywood and soil samples.
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.
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.
A project-based learning plan focuses on landscapes in the community. After identifying problems, such as dead trees or misplaced automatic sprinklers, learners design solutions, contact local organizations to fix the problems, and do all the necessary work to correct the problems. A general outline of steps and resources needed to complete this project are provided.
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end, partners report who won each debate in a survey of all the resources in a state. The lesson is designed for West Virginia, but the referenced text is not attached. Therefore, allow time for your learners to research natural resources on their own.
Pupils 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.
Third and fourth graders inquire about genealogy by participating in an oral presentation. They conduct family surveys and research in order to identify their family ancestry and roots. Then they create pie charts regarding their ancestral background and share their newfound history with the class in an oral presentation. Much of the resource is focused on Louisiana cultural history, but could easily adapt to any region.
Fourth and fifth graders explore soil by taking a simulated field trip under the earth. They go to an Internet site that runs a simulation which charges them with finding a source of pollution that could destroy all of Earth's soil, and neutralizing it. This innovative, educationally rich, and exciting instructional activity should pique your students' interest and have them buzzing with excitement. What a great way to teach about soil and geology!