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There are so many things to learn about the environment, you can study trees, rocks, water, and soil. Budding conservationists engage in a whole group discussion on how humans use soil, rocks, and trees and how we need to replace or conserve the things we use. This extensive and well-designed lesson works through a series of active learning experiences that culminate in the planting of a tree on the school grounds. It is an excellent lesson that can be used in part, or as a whole, as it addresses many different concepts.
Students prepare for a field trip. They navigate through a Underground Network site. This "field trip" can be conducted in a patch of healthy grass or soil anywhere you can find it: right outside your building, in a backyard or at a neighborhood park.
Learners gather evidence to explain that organisms in an ecosystem are tied together by their need for energy. They see that decomposers break down dead organisms and wastes and release the nutrients they contain into the soil,
Volcanoes are one of Earth's most destructive forces, but they also have positive effects. In an engaging lesson, young vulcanologists create an active model of a volcano, perform an experiment, read articles about the effects of eruptions, and complete a graphic organizer about cause and effect. As an extension, learners can also write a cause-and-effect paragraph. Additionally, resources are included for Spanish speaking learners. Some of the grammar in the readings is incorrect, but they are Word documents, so you can correct them if desired.
Young scholars study the physical differences between wetland and upland soils. They match colors to the different levels of the soil after digging holes. They create soil color charts and chart the texture of the soils.
Students gain an understanding of the small amount of soil available to sustain humans on earth and complete an appropriate graph or chart from their collected data. They locate some of the countries they have heard about where people do not have enough food to eat and then, research countries and find out the reasons they have food shortages.
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.
Students work together to collect soil samples from different locations. In the samples, they identify the macroorganisms and classify them. They identify the conditions that affect how macroorganisms grow. They also analyze and identify trends in this area.
Middle schoolers work together to perform experiments on different types of soil. They record the soil's pH level, color and texture. They develop hypothesis' on what they believe they will discover before beginning the experiment.
Second graders participate in a soil activity. In this soil lesson students complete a worksheet describing different soil types and the organic and inorganic things found in them.
Students explore how to sample soil to be analyzed for nutrient and lime requirements for proper plant growth.
Learners work together to test the temperatures of different soils in shade and sun. They make their own hypothesis before beginning the experiment. They record their data and discuss as a class.
Students list the sources of phosphorus in soils. They describe the processes in which plants remove phosphorus from the soil. They collect and analyze data and draw a conclusion.
Students identify and classify soil ypes according to data on the soil triangle. Given examples, students identify soil conservation practices, using criterion assessment instrument. When giving a case situation involving soil nutrients, students can describe soil nutrient interactions according to criteria given in assessment instrument.
Students list the sources of potassium in soils. They explain the processes in which potassium is removed and used by plants. They list the symptoms of insufficient or excess potassium.
Students perform tests on different soil samples. In this earth science lesson, students classify the soil into groups according to test results. They write a lab report following a certain criteria.
Delve into the Age of Exploration with this activity-packed resource! Complete with a pre-test, discussion questions and quiz for a 30-minute video on the period, map activities, timeline of discoveries, vocabulary, etc. this is a goldmine for ideas and activities associated with exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Students investigate the concept of soil. They identify a list of 30 different objects in a text or bring objects to class for a more engaging lesson. The objects in the text are related to soil and students write an explanation for the objects to identify the connection.
Third graders observe soil samples. They then form hypotheses as to whether or not soil is alive. Students read and discuss information about soil and components of soil. They state wheter or not they believe soil is alive and list the four components of soil.
Ninth graders conduct research on the diferent types of soil in their county. They explore a variety of websites, interpret a soil map, and using the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library, locate soil survey maps of their county and answer discussion questions.