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There are three types of soil. It's your job to introduce them to your students, and this lesson is a good place to start. Students are introduced to the three types of soil then work as groups to make scientific observations at four different soil centers. Each center is different and very engaging however a microscope and spring scale are required, every thing else is included as downloadable word files. A little work, but a lot of fun!
Students examine solubility and the significance of water. In this aqueous solution lesson students complete a lab activity on soil profiles.
Students explore decomposition and soil health by creating their own garden. For this agriculture lesson, students build a "lasagna garden" with organic matter found in the area and plant perennials native to their region. Students are given the responsibility of watering, mulching, and maintaining paths through the garden.
Learners discover the importance of earthworms. In this earthworm lesson, students observe and discuss what they think earthworms are good for when in the soil. Learners then listen to a book on earthworms and discuss the true importance of an earthworm.
Students examine the causes and effects of soil runoff. In this environment lesson, students look at ways in which soil runoff is controlled. Students then play a game and discuss how the Peace Corps deals with soil runoff in African villages.
Fifth graders are introduced to the important topic of renewable, and non-renewable, resources. They are expected to be able to correctly categorize different types of resources as renewable or non-renewable. Another emphasis of this lesson plan is to teach the importance of conserving our non-renewable resources. An important lesson plan in this era of over-consumption.
Students discuss, develop, invent, and implement a plan for making informed personal economic decisions about renewable resources.
Students examine the human impact on natural resources. They read and discuss an article, evaluate nations regarding their environmental problem-solving, develop a presidential speech on the environment, and conduct a natural resources scavenger hunt.
In this North American geography worksheet, students read about the physical features and resources of the United States and Canada. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Future energy engineers visit several stations, each one dedicated to a different alternative source of energy. They describe how solar energy is converted into other forms of energy, the patterns of distribution of energy resources in the United States, and how these patterns of distribution are represented through maps. This is a comprehensive and well-written lesson plan for your middle school science curriculum.
Investigate ways to repair and preserve coastal resources. Your class will give examples of human and natural activity that has damaged coastal resources, and then describe 3 restoration projects and they describe 3 ways people can contribute to coastal restoration. Groups of young scholars investigate a case study and prepare a report related to coastal restoration.
Your class will learn about natural resources and man-made items and differentiate between them. They chart resources from seven pictures and explain how each natural resource is used.
High schoolers explain how the availability of natural resources has affected human settlement patterns. They recognize the interactions of human populations on environments and compare the growth of two ancient cities in relation to natural resources.
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end, partners report who won each debate in a survey of all the resources in a state. The instructional activity is designed for West Virginia, but the referenced text is not attached. Therefore, allow time for your learners to research natural resources on their own.
Third graders compare and contrast different resources in an economic system. In this economics lesson, 3rd graders discover how different resources (natural, human, and capital) are used to produce goods and services. Students use the Internet to research how these resources help create economy.
For this geography skills worksheet, learners read a 2-page selection about the landforms and resources found in the Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica. Students then respond to 2 short answer questions and complete 1 graphic organizer based on the reading selection.
Students read the activity sheet and brainstorm sources of information to answer the questions. They work in small groups to answer their questions, using a different source for each answer. They write a report with their group. More lessons are included in this mini unit.
Third graders investigate the properties of soil. In this soil composition instructional activity, 3rd graders bring in soil samples from their homes and write observations for each sample. Students study the texture and color of the samples and complete a soil web. Students study soil compaction and a field site study of soil.
Students investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion.
Students will be able to identify the characteristics of healthy soil and unhealthy soil.Take the class outside to an area of thick grass near trees, if available. Compare the clothes people wear to the thin cover. Discuss the reasons why we wear clothes and why the soil might need clothes. Discuss what it feels like to be outside without a jacket when it is windy and rainy.