Soil Type Teacher Resources
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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.
Sugar Bush & Soil Types
Eighth graders investigate variables that could affect tree sap production. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders classify different soil types. They record their data in a spreadsheet and discuss findings.
Young scholars become familiar with soil types and how land can be used. In this land resources lesson, students discuss which areas are good for specific crops and the importance of the climate in those areas. Young scholars create a list of ways land can be used. Students study a map key to understand soil types.
What's Soil Got to do with it?
Students 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.
Testing for Chemicals in Soils
Students use sight, touch and chemical test kits to evaluate and classify soil types. They determine the organic content, soil pH, conduct visual analysis and nutrient tests of a variety of soil samples from various sources.
Fourth graders, given different soil samples, observe and record the different characteristics and make logical guesses of where each soil is taken from. (Either a field, construction site, a lake, woods, and a driveway.)
Soil and Erosion Unit: Section 1
Students investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion. They describe the relationship between climate and soil formation, and identify different soil types and how they influence
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.
Water Retention and Soil Variation in Local Ecosystems
Students identify the differences in local soil types and the relationship between soil size and water retention. They are introduced to microenvironmental conditions in ecosystem sustainability.
Soil and Erosion Unit: Section 2
Students investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion.
New! 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. Assign as a hands-on activity and relate it to actual rainfall data.
Examining Infiltration Rates of Various Soil Types
Students formulate their own hypothesis, determine which variables are important to test their hypothesis, design an experiment in which they collect data. They utilize instruments and tools to measure, calculate, and organize data.
Building for the Big One
Students build and test structures that can best withstand earthquakes. They create their structures from playdough, cornstarch, grape-nuts and popsicle sticks and place their structures on a "shake table."
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.
Young scholars gain knowledge about the impact of drought in agriculture. They investigate soil types, water flow, and various erosion conditions which occur during a drought and see how farming practices changed after the 1930's.
In this soil analysis worksheet, students are given instructions for analyzing a soil sample. Students fill in 23 blanks with data from their sample. Students use the data and charts given to answer 10 questions about soil.
Earth science learners experiment with the water-holding properties of sand, pebbles, and clay. They apply their findings to the building of a well. This activity is engaging and tactile, and it demonstrates the importance of considering soil type during construction. Follow-up with a discussion of other situations in which soil type would be pertinent.
Students identify and list the common soil types, including those they observed during the activity. Students apply the procedure for mathematically finding the amount of moisture in soil by heating a soil sample. Students explain the method by which they determined the water percentage in each sample. Students list and explain the different soil types concerning the observable moisture-holding ability of each.
soil, Water, and Plants
Students examine the relationship between water retention and plant growth by conducting two experiments. They first compare the water retention qualities of clay, sand and loam soil types. Then they use the data from the first experiment to design the second plant growth and soil type experiment.
Types by Texture: Soil Isn't a Dirty Word
Second graders experiment with different types of soil to find the texture. In this types of soil experiment, shake a jar of soil and water and record the settling of the soil. Students record again after 3-4 hours and note the level of silt. After a few days students observe again and then have student measure the textures using the texture triangle. Discuss student observations about the soil.