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269 reviewed resources for soil fertility

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Erosion

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars discover the meaning of the word erosion and discuss effects of rocks and sticks upon the soil. They then work in small groups to construct a model of erosion to make observations and then write them in their science...
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An Investigation into Effects of Rhizobium Soil Bacteria on Nitrogen Availability

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners identify the control and the variables in the experiment. They describe the growth of plants with and without nitrogen fixing bacteria, then name the bacterium responsible for making nitrogen available to the plant.
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Ag in My Community; Agriculture

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students build knowledge about agriculture as it relates to their communities' commodities.  In this agriculture lesson, students brainstorm about conditions in their community with regards to growing different types of crops. Students...
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Squanto's Science Lesson

For Teachers K - 5th
Students explore Squanto's contribution to the settlers. They plant seeds and follow instructions for water and fertilization. Students keep a record of the growth of the seeds. They write a paragraph that tells what they learned from...
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Where is the Dirt? A Lesson in Hydroponics

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students use the Internet to research hydroponic gardening which is the growing of plants without soil. They participate in an experiment where a hydroponic garden is contructed in the classroom for observaion. They recorde information...
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Composting

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students discover the concept of decomposition. They examine how it makes the soil more fertile and how it helps plants. They put a compost bin in their backyard and record their observations.
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How Much is Dirt Worth?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students appreciate topsoil and communicate soils economic value. They image that an apple is planet earth, students fill in their pie charts as the teacher tells them what each slice means. Pupils watch and listen as the teacher cuts...
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The Rotten Truth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students demonstrate and explain the decomposition process. They list the methods and ingredients for making compost. Each pair is provided with a Ziploc quart bag. Students are provided with a "Decay Buffet." They place one small piece...
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Mud in the Water

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate erosion. In this erosion lesson, 6th graders explore how farming changes the environment. Students construct an erosion model and research ways to protect the soil from excess mud generated by farming.
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Root, Root, Root for the Nutrients

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students observe the growth of a seed, predict what will happen when seeds are planted without soil, and conduct an experiment using a hydroponics system.
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Demonstrating Erosion in Action

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students easure and record volume of water, then measure and record mass of soil. They explain the effects of the following in controlling erosion: Contouring, cover crop, strip cropping, reforestation, inter-seeding.
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Recycling by Composting

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the idea of recycling by composting. Using the internet, they research the benefits of composting to the environment. In groups, they collect numbers on how much food and yard waste is produced in their community. ...
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Wellness and the Organic Food Movement

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine their activities and discuss how they impact the environment. In groups, they research the organic food movement and discuss how it changed the type of foods eaten. To end the lesson, they examine the impact of...
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Cotton Seed Planting

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students using scientific inquiry will observe and record in daily journals their findings on cotton seeds. They measure, graph, and then communicate their discoveries about plants to each other.
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How Does Your Garden Grow?

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students explore how to use natural fertilizers and pesticides by growing an organic vegetable garden by growing plants and using a variety of soil amendments.
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Erosion

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the effects of running water on erosion. They examine how the soil on the playground is affected by erosion and determine how the placement of trees and shrubs changes the path of erosion. In their science journals,...
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Growing Corn

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create a Venn diagram of different soil types. They plant cord seeds in clay, sand, and fertile black soils are record their growing rates. After two weeks they discuss the effects of soil types on the growth process.
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Investigate Factors Affecting Nitrates in Groundwater

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in an experiment in which they investigate the factors affecting the levels of nitrates in groundwater. Using examples, they explain the nitrogen cycle and identify the sources of chemical nitrogen fertilizers. ...
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Worm Composting: Vermiculture

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students compost in a limited space and describe the decomposing process. Students convert unwanted, organic matter, particularly food scraps and paper into fertile soil.
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Designing, BUilding & Planting Appropriate Style Plantings in a Planter Box

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore designing and building a plant box. Based upon desired parameters, students create a set of plant box blueprints. Next, they choose the material and build the box. Agricultural teams select the soil mixture, fertilizer...
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The Compost Bucket

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students recognize that plants and soils have a close relationship. They view a photo essay on the common practice and natural process of composting. Afterwards, they observe the process of plant decay over the course of several days.
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Field Experiments on Succession

For Teachers Higher Ed
Student develop a hypothesis regarding the effects of either mowing or fertilizer upon the diversity of plant species in a grassland ecosystem. They set up experiment field plots and measure species richness.
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Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the impact of human activity on water quality and on the ecosystems of Earth. After a discussion on the various ways that water can be polluted, groups of youngsters get together to figure out the best way to clean a...
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Thinning and Transplanting

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers identify and observe one plant per section in their quad and to transplant the surplus seedlings to empty quads and interpret why this is important. They then discuss the purpose of thinning and transplanting. Finally,...

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