Soil Science Teacher Resources
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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.
Soil Type and Management
Students study the basics of soil science. They research and gather data through readings, videos, and performance of laboratory investigations. As a team they generate oral and written recommendations for the amendment of soil.
Inquiry: You are an earthworm
Sixth graders work in groups to create questions an earthworm might ask about its life. In this earthworm lesson, 6th graders examine earthworms and their function as soil conservationists. Students become familiar with the scientists that study earthworms.
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.
How Can You Test Your Soil?
Students investigate chemicals in soil samples. In this soil science instructional activity, students test local soil to measure the pH, nitrate, phosphate, and potassium content.
Soil Science Literacy
Second graders determine the water absorption qualities of soil and sand. Measuring tools, the scientific method, and library resources will be used to enhance the knowledge of soil and sand properties.
Soil Science Study
Students complete an activity by looking and gathering data on plants and soils.
New! Study Jams! Soil
Seven superb slides sharpen science students' scoop on soil. In viewing them and reading the accompanying captions, your class will uncover the importance, different types, horizons, and protection of soil. They can then assess their new knowledge with the provided Test Yourself interactive quiz. This makes a terrific homework assignment after your initial introduction to soil science.
The Dirt on Worms!
Fourth graders make predictions, observe, collect and record data. They investigate several soil and worm websites. Finally, 4th graders write a letter to The President which defends earthworms by explaining their value to the United States.
Students study the basic elements of the Earth's crust: rocks, soils and minerals. They categorize rocks, soils and minerals and how they are literally the foundation for our civilization. They also explore how engineers use rock soils for many different purposes.
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.
Can Worms See?
Second graders discuss the previously created worm compost and the importance of living creatures to the Environment. In this worm lesson, 2nd graders observe worms and record their sensitivity to light. Students design a petri dish environment with a dark and light side. Students record their observations and share their results.
How Much Is Too Much? How Little Is Too Little?
Students perform a series of experiments which show that plants require nutrients in certain quantities. They also cooperatively read materials on the nutrient requirements of plants, fertilizers, composting, and soil management, and students identify plant nutrient deficiencies using a specialized key. Students apply their knowledge to vote on mock ballot propositions that relate to agricultural and urban water issues.
The Chemistry of Fertilizers
Students use a series of hands-on labs and activities, practice problems, discussions and writing assignments, students investigate about fertilizer chemistry as they break compounds into ions, make a fertilizer and test various fertilizers for phosphate content. They answer the questions of what nutrients are required by plants, how these nutrients are obtained and the issues related to fertilizers.
Second graders name the various materials that comprise soil, including weathered rock and other organic matter; and explain that soils differ in their color, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of many kinds of plants.
WHO CARES FOR THE LAND?
Students explore the importance of natural resources. They are given copies of the story, "Who Cares For The Land," and students follow along as the teacher reads it. Students identify the key points in the story. (Soil, water and air are natural resources. They come from nature and cannot be manufactured. Good farmers take care of natural resources.)
Simulated acid rain, a dilute sulfuric acid solution, needs to be prepared for this demonstration. After a condensed lecture on acid rain, you will apply the solution to a sample of granite and a sample of limestone. Your young scientists will create a data table in which to record the pH of the acid rain both before and after passing through the stone samples. The instructional activity is not exciting, but it effectively shows how limestone can have a buffering effect for the plants and animals.
Water Resource Engineering
Students examine solubility and the significance of water. In this aqueous solution lesson students complete a lab activity on soil profiles.
Students evaluate how archaeologists use soils to interpret sites and determine components of a soil sample.
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.