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Students observe and complete activities to learn about soil texture. For this soil lesson, students brainstorm about types of soil and use microscopes to study types of soil. Students record their findings on a 'tree thinking map.' Students visit the 'Soil Science Education Page' and add information to the tree maps. Students make a Venn diagram to compare the soils they investigated. Students then write a simile poem about the soil and complete an test.
Students discover how seed germination varies according to the soil type. In this soil science lesson, students discuss what plants need in order to grow and investigate various types of soil. Students use their senses to describe each soil type and predict what soil will germinate the most seeds. After three weeks, students observe the growth of the seeds and complete the included experiment worksheet.
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.
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.
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.
Sixth graders explore the scientific method by identifying the skills needed to succeed in science. In this scientific inquiry lesson, 6th graders define the terms predicting, observing, inferring and others in order to discover the scientific process. Students read a "Think Like a Scientist" worksheet and answer questions about the scientific method through a class discussion.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars 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 lesson is not exciting, but it effectively shows how limestone can have a buffering effect for the plants and animals.