Soil Composition Teacher Resources

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Learners examine soil. In this soil composition lesson students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The learners discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
Fifth graders study erosion and its impact on the Earth. For this erosion study lesson, 5th graders watch a PowerPoint that illustrates examples of erosion. Students create a vocabulary matrix for related terms and complete a graphic organizer about soil compositions. Students complete a creative writing activity as a piece of soil or sand on a journey.
How many rainforests are there, where are they, and do global factors effect their locations? These are great questions that have great answers. Children in grades four through eight use several different maps to determine why rainforests occur where they do and what environmental factors cause them to grow. They examine biodiversity, soil, temperature, and precipitation maps to draw conclusions about rainforest ecosystems, then they mark all of the world's rainforests on a blank map. The lesson will lend itself well to a deep discussion on the environment, biodiversity, and habitat. Tip: This is a great research topic!
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.
Young scholars study the different soil types and describe the different soils in various environments.  In this soil lesson students walk to a reserve and discuss what they saw. 
Students are introduced to the differences that exist in soil properties with depth. They are introduced to the factors that influence a soil's development (soil forming factors). Pupils are introduced to the impact of soil of soil compositional differences on land use.
Learners conduct background research on the decomposition process, soil composition, and the life cycle using the resources provided for Internet searches. They work in collaborative groups to research topics as a particular plant, soil erosion, etc.
High schoolers examine the connection between the habitat needs of endemic species to the habitat needs of humans.  In this habitat instructional activity students research the habitat requirements of a given family then develop an idea to improve the habitat of that client. 
Young scholars explore how the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, a range of temperatures, soil composition. They are explained that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and that the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient for its survival.
Young scholars examine various soil samples in groups. Using the samples, they identify the characteristics of them and calculate percolation and infiltration rates. They use this information to discover why some species can survive in one area of an estuary and not the other.
Students determine the soil composition of soil layers in their area. They collect soil samples, calculate the percentage soil water content, analyze data, and evaluate each site for future tree growth.
Who needs bees? We do! Kids get a chance to understand the pollination process, and the important role bees play in our environment. They play a really great game that shows them how bees normally act versus how bees act when temperatures are warmer than they should be, with the added strain of pesticides thrown in. After the game, they discuss what they learned and fill out an ABC brainstorming worksheet on pollination and create a food web based on the game experience.  
If your kids already know something about the water cycle, life cycle of salmon, and climate change, then they're ready to participate in an activity that explores Chinook salmon of the Pacific Northwest. They read an article and a case study, then discuss the potential or actual impact of climate change on the Chinook salmon. They examine POD cycles and create graphs that show changes in salmon populations due to increases in sea temperatures. The final assessment activity requires them to make short presentations using both their graphs and their evidence, which they obtained from their readings.
Prairie potholes are dips in the earth that contain water, which is vital to the survival of many prairie inhabitants, including the Mallard Duck. Middle schoolers analyze data on the disappearance of these potholes in relation to the mallard duck population. They are given several passages to read as well as several data tables that show changes to potholes, prairie lands, and duck breeding activity. They will create graphs that show each data table and then discuss the relationships they see through data analysis.
The topic is symbiotic relationships, and in this case, we get to look at the relationship between the sea anemone and the hermit crab. They review log entries from a Northwestern Hawaiian Island expedition which occurred in 2002, paying close attention to the observations about hermit crabs and anemones. They discuss symbiosis and how two organisms can mutually benefit from living in close proximity. To assess student understanding the class prepares a role-play to summarize what they've learned.
In the Western Forests there lives a beetle, a mountain pine beetle. Explore the ways in which a once manageable beetle population has grown to unmanageable numbers because of climate change in forest regions. After examining case study documents and a video, the class engages in a discussion on the potential versus actual impact of climate change on forest beetle population. Several great web links and extension activities are suggested to add to or augment the learning experience.
The Hawaiian monk seal's population is declining, and it's up to humans to help them out; But how? Learners examine all the facts surrounding these seals, including the importance of the coral reefs and rapidly changing climates. In small groups, they research several reference websites to compose a group paper focused on a few prompts. They use their paper to engage in a class discussion on commercial and global impact on deep-sea, precious coral, and monk seal habitats.
A fish that lives in the desert? You and your class can meet the desert pupfish as they examine its habitat, the role humans play in diminishing water supplies, and how climate change might impact this fishy friend. There are four short activities included that will engage learners in graphic analysis, graphing, and topographical map use. This all culminates in a student-constructed hypothesis concerning wildlife sustainability. 
Kids create bottle habitats to see what happens to aquatic environments when the balance disrupted by climate change. In groups of four, the class will construct two habitats. Over a one-month period, they will record what they observe every day. They research pond ecology to learn more about the habitats they created and then discuss what they've learned in relation to their observations.  
Why not walk in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt and become a conservationist? After discussing issues and reasons for animal extinction, the class creates their own conservation plans. Each small group is given mock data regarding a fictitious island environment, as well as three different endangered species cards. They work together to determine how they will conserve portions of the island to save each of the endangered animals they've been assigned. Some wonderful wrap-up discussion questions are included, which would also work well as writing prompts. 

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