Soil Type Teacher Resources
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Identifying Your Soil for Rain Gardens
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.
1st - 12th Science
Infiltration Test: Exploring the Flow of Water Through Soils
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.
4th - 12th Science
Types By Texture
Students investigate soil types by texturing soil samples and determining the different soil types. They conduct a dirt shake activity, determining the amount of silt in a quart jar filled with dirt and water. Students then answer discussion questions, complete a soil texture by feel activity, and complete a worksheet.
6th - 9th Science
Fifth graders examine how sand and rock fragments in soil are products of erosion or the weathering of rocks. They listen to the book "Sand" by Ellen J. Prager and answer discussion questions. Next, they analyze sand samples and sort the sand grains into groups based on a variety of characteristics.
New Review Living & Non-Living Interactions
What better way to learn about ecosystems than by getting outside and observing them first hand? Accompanying a field trip to a local park or outdoor space, this series of collaborative activities engages children in learning about the relationships between the living and non-living components of ecosystems.
2nd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Planning and Preparing a Vegetable Garden
An anticipatory slide suggests personal benefits from gardening. Then the presentation goes into choosing a location, considering soil type, the use of fertilizers, and the variety of crops available to choose from. If you are teaching an agriculture course, a horticulture elective, or are simply in charge of the school's garden, this is a great gadget for preparing your team to plant a vegetable patch.
9th - 12th Science
Erosion and Landslides
A professional-quality PowerPoint, which includes links to footage of actual landslides in action, opens this moving lesson. Viewers learn what conditions lead to erosion and land giving way. They simulate landslides with a variety of soil types, then create a public service announcement warning of possible landslide.
6th - 8th Science
Protecting Your Drinking Water
Having a clean, reliable source of drinking water is essential for any community, but in many cases this is easier said than done. Engage young environmentalists in exploring the five factors affecting vulnerability of a groundwater supply with this simulation activity.
9th - 12th Science
What's Soil Got to do with it?
Young scholars 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.
3rd - 4th Science
Comparing Soil Types
Ninth graders gain understanding of five different soil types by actively observing samples and identifying them, manipulate digitized soil maps found in Eastern North Carolina Digital Library, participate in scavenger hunt using Internet and primary source document to investigate "official state soil" of North Carolina, and locate information about soil types found in Martin County, North Carolina.