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What's Is Soil Made Of?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second lesson of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of soil. First,...
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Soil Composition

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students examine soil. In this soil composition lesson students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The students discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
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Soil Runoff Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students find ways to decrease soil runoff for an African Village as a part of a Peace Corps project. For this soil runoff lesson, students play a soil runoff challenge online. Students complete online activities and view a slide show to...
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Thinking Like A Soil Scientist

For Teachers 6th Standards
Ready to roll up those sleeves and get your hands dirty? Dirty with soil science content, that is! Overcome those "But it's just dirt" objections with a trip outside to collect soil samples for some in-class analysis. Use the variety of...
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Soil Composition

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners investigate how soil composition affects plant growth. In small groups, they plant various seeds in different soil mixtures, record plant and seed growth, and analyze the results.
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Soil

For Students 6th - 8th
In this soil worksheet, students will use a diagram of a soil profile showing different soil layers to complete 7 short answer questions.
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Soil Isn't a Dirty Word

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students investigate the properties of rocks. In this geology lesson, students draw their profile and discuss what a soil profile would look like. Additionally, students demonstrate how to make soil by rubbing two pieces of sandstone...
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Properties of Soil

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do the different types of soil allow water to flow? Scholars compare flocculated and dispersed soils and their ability to move water through the soil. Silt, sand, and clay particles clump together and create large pores in the soil...
4:19
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Why Study Soil?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Some scientists spend their entire careers analyzing and learning about soils. An interesting video lesson provides an overview of what soil scientists do and why. Pupils learn how soil analysis connects to other branches of science and...
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Properties of Soil

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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Soil

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students complete activities to study soil. In this soil composition lesson, students view a PowerPoint of organisms that use soil and complete a soil observation activity. Students write a letter about the importance of animals to soil.
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Soil Investigations

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the basics about soil.  In this soil lesson students describe the physical properties of soil and explain what soil profile is. 
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Edible Soils

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create soil profiles, including rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus, in clear plastic cups out of edible materials.
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Soil Study

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
It takes a minimum of 500 years to form one inch of topsoil. Young scientists conduct multiple observations and experiments on three different types of soil. The activity leads class members to a better understanding of pH, water...
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Components of Soil and Water Retention

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What type of soil holds in moisture the best? Find out with a guided-inquiry based lesson in which scholars investigate three types of soil—sand, clay, and silt—and the ability of each to retain waiter for plant growth. Learners graph...
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Painting With Soil

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students investigate the use of soil, an important natural resource in artwork. They experiment by crushing soil particles and adding the different color samples to artist acrylic to create true "earth colors". Using this paint, they...
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Sustainability: Learning for a Lifetime – Soil

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do great gardeners really have green thumbs—or just really great soil? Environmental scholars discover what makes Earth's soil and soil quality so important through research and experimentation. Learners also develop an understanding of...
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Colors of our Earth

For Teachers K - 8th
Students are introduces to soil profile classification. They remember that classification of soils is an important aspect of studying soils as it aids in predicting how soils react to weathering, transport nutrients or pollution. ...
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Soil Infiltration: Soil Porosity Testing

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Soil pollution has a longer reach than may seem possible. A video presentation demonstrates how a seemingly isolated soil contamination spreads and even reaches waterways. The lesson demonstrates how scientists conduct porosity tests...
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Space Travelers

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Groups of three scientists from the rocky planet Zog investigate the composition of soil so that they can take the information back to their home, create soil there, and begin to grow food.
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Soil Composition & Discovery

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Organic or mineral? How does the matter matter? Second graders use their knowledge of the rock cycle to label the different components in garden soil.
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Air in Soil Administration Procedures

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study soil and its composition. In this soil composition lesson plan, students study examples of soil during several days of aeration. Students summarize their data, organize it, and must be able to explain their findings.
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Soil Composition: Then and Now

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students identify the location of their school from a 1926 digitized Soil Sample map. Using remaining landforms, they determine the type of soil identified during that time, and compare it to the soil currently found near the school.
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Properties of Soil (Grades 6-8)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The second in a five part Agriculture series covers the importance of soil properties in organic farming. Scholars observe a soil demonstration as well as complete hands-on experiments to better understand the effects of air space and...
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Dirt vs. Soil

For Teachers 1st Standards
To investigate the differences between dirt and soil, first graders search for decomposers (fungi, insects, microorganisms, etc.) in dirt/soil samples at different learning stations.
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Get The Dirt On Soils

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars examine the various soils and list the parts of the ecosystems. In groups, they investigate the soils to determine its texture and the permeability rates. They give examples of how soil information is used to determine...
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Bellwork for Week 11

For Students 7th - 9th
In this bellwork activity, students answer questions about chemical and mechanical weathering, particle size, and the soil profile at the start of class.
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Decomposition, Soil, and Life Cycle Research

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students conduct background research on the decomposition process, soil composition, and the life cycle using the resources provided for Internet searches. They work in collaborative groups to research topics as a particular plant, soil...
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Soil on the Horizon

For Students 5th - 7th
In this soil science worksheet, students read about layers of soil and the order they are arranged. Students analyze a labeled diagram of a soil profile. Students use the provided soil profile cards and one inch carpet tape to measure...
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Soil Erosion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Erosion is the leading cause of the loss of topsoil and sediment deposits in ditches, streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. The ninth instructional activity in a 10-part series includes two different activities related to soil erosion....
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Rooting Into the Soil: Examining the Relationship Between Plants, Soil, And Water

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars, in groups, conduct an experiment to compare how water moves through different soils. They discuss how different soils could have an impact on different plants.
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How Dirt Works

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Get a little dirty as your classes explore the aspects of healthy soil. Scholars learn that healthy soil has a different meaning for a farmer, a consumer, and an environmentalist. They also experiment with different soil types to analyze...
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Soil Science

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Included in this presentation are illustrations, photographs, text, circle graphs, data charts, and maps that give information about the composition, importance, uses, and geographical types of soil. This resource provides good visual...
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Professor Profile looks over the horizon

For Teachers K - 8th
Students are introduced to the differences that exist in soil properties with depth. They are introduced to the factors that influence a soil's development (soil forming factors). Pupils are introduced to the impact of soil of soil...
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Rooftop Garden: Soils Experiment

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young scientists conduct a series of experiments to determine what type of soils produce the best results in roof-top gardens.
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Soil Sampling: Soil Variability

For Students 9th - 12th
New ReviewNot all soil is created equal. Learners examine what to look for in a soil sample to identify key characteristics that don't require lab testing. They see that it's easy to verify observations by comparing the samples to a soil map.
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Properties of Soil: Particle Size

For Students 9th - 12th
New ReviewSoil is 25 percent air on average. Learners may have a difficult time accepting that fact without a visual to demonstrate the property. A quick video lesson uses a model to show how this percentage is true and also discusses the...
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How Does Your Garden Grow?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Seventy thousand different types of soil exist in the United States alone. Young scientists learn about the importance of soil to the food supply. They test soil for a variety of factors and determine the best place to set up a community...
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Fieldwork: Horizons Under Ground: Digging Through Wetland Soil

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study the different soil types and describe the different soils in various environments.  In this soil lesson students walk to a reserve and discuss what they saw. 
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Soil Soakers

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students work together to discover the relationship between water holding and drainage characteristics of soils. They record their observations and discuss the results. They examine particle size and pore sizes as well.
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Cation Exchange

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding soil composition requires an understanding of chemical bonding. An informative video lesson shows learners how the atoms and molecules in the soil form ions that attract and repel other atoms and molecules. The narrator...
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Environmental Biology - Soil Resources

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Begin with the third slide to help earth science learners investigate one of our most valuable natural resources: soil. Straightforward and fact-filled slides define soil, describe its formation and composition, and explore reclamation...
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Layering the Soil

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the soil layers in their local community. In this earth science activity, students classify soil samples according to their texture. They explain how to estimate the depth of the active layer with measuring it.
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Investigating Planetary Soils

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study soil characteristics and identify properties of soils from different parts of the solar system.  For this soil lesson students divide into groups, read soil descriptions, test and record soil samples. 
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What's in the Soil?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine soil to find its contents, and how much water and air they can measure.  In this soil composition instructional activity, 4th graders perform three experiments and record their results.  In one experiment they...
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Weathering and Soil

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
From types of rocks to types of weathering, learners gain knowledge on minerals, composition of soil, and the effects of weathering on Earth.
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Soil Sampling: Random Sampling a Small Field with Hammer Probe

For Students 9th - 12th
New ReviewThere's some serious science behind farming! A quick video lesson presents the process of collecting a random field soil sample for analysis. Instruction includes what a random sample looks like as well as how to prepare the sample for...
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Is Soil Alive?

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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How Does Your Soil Stack Up?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the soil in their local area and create a soil profile. They record observations in the field and the classroom. They create their own display of the soil profile as well.
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What is the Composition of Soil?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the different components that make up soil. Using data, they identify the components of soil in their local area and discover how scientists use the soil to see how it was formed. They also describe the soil forming...
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Layering the Soil

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study and classify soil. In this soil science instructional activity, students classify soil by texture and size and study soil horizons. Students label the soil types with their specific soil horizon and learn about permafrost....
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Getting to Know Soil

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students make predictions and analyze soil. In this soil properties instructional activity, students make predictions about soil properties for various soil samples. Students examine the types of soils and record their observations....
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Soil and Erosion Unit: Section 2

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion.
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The"Dirt" on Soil

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the three different types of soil and their physical properties.  In this soil lesson students design and implement a model of a water treatment plant. 
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A Good Foundation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It takes a strong foundation to build a house and a stronger one for a bridge. This resource presents the effects of geology and soil on bridge foundations. Working in groups, the class investigates the interaction of shallow and deep...
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Why Poor Places Are More Diverse

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Poor soil actually grows the most diverse plants. Although this sounds like a contradictory statement, the video lesson explains how and why this is true. Learners discover how rich soils typically cater to the stronger, faster-growing...
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Soil Erosion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how erosion is affected by the composition of the soil and the slope of the land. They look at plant roots, rocks and land slope as experimental factors. They complete the associated worksheets before discussing their...
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The Olsen Test for Phosphorus

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewA short video teaches viewers about the Olsen Test, a soil test specific for plants grown in arid regions. The soil in arid regions has a higher pH and plants require special treatment to thrive. The video provides information about the...
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Soil Structure

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine how different soils are made up of varying proportions of clay, silt, and sand. They compare soil samples, conduct Internet research, and create a model to demonstrate the relative sizes of grains of clay, sand, and...
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Geology Project Notes

For Students 5th - 8th
In this geology worksheet, students fill in notes using a variety of resources. Students answer questions as it relates to geology, soil erosion, mass movement, and deposition. Students research information about the presented aspects of...
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Soil In The Amazon

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students grow plants in soil representing that found in the Amazon basin. They compare results to plants growing in fertile soil and soil fertilized with leaf compost. Students chart, average and graph plant growth by height. Students...
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Introduction to Soil Texture and Demonstration of a Simple Test Procedure to Determine Soil Texture

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students list the three types of mineral particles that form soil. They explain the importance of an optimum soil texture. They form an hypothesis and make observations. They also draw a conclusion.
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Modeling a Soil Profile

For Students 7th - 10th
In this soil profile worksheet, students use a cup to create the layers of soil using clay, sand, gravel and dirt. Students label each component as either A, B, or C horizon and the bedrock. They answer questions about their model.
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Environmental Requirements

For Teachers Higher Ed
All aspects of soil and its components are reviewed here.  Your class will learn how certain organisms help the quality of the earth and support growth.  Different ways to enhance the chemical make-up are described and will be valuable...
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Study Soil

For Teachers 4th - 5th
What's in soil? Young scientists study the pH levels of soil from their school yard. They observe the land and area the soil came from to decide if location has anything to do with acidity level.
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Unavailability of Water in Saline Soils

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewViewers of a short video learn about salt and water molecules and how their characteristics determine how they interact with each other. Then, they watch a simulation of how the interaction limits the uptake of water in plant roots and...
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What Makes Up Your Profile?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the concept of a soil profile. The example of a human profile is made at the beginning of the lesson as a metaphor. They discuss the ingredients of a profile of soil that is taken from a limited depth. Students...
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Soil Type and Management

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars study the basics of soil science. They research and gather data through readings, videos, and performance of laboratory investigations. As a team they generate oral and written recommendations for the amendment of soil.
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The Composition of Soil

For Students 9th - 12th
In this composition of soil worksheet, high schoolers study the make-up of soil by identifying the amount of air in the soil, the amount of water in the soil, the size of the mineral grains in the soil and the proportion of humus in the...
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Edible Soil Profile

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the environment by experimenting with candy. In this soil layer lesson, 4th graders examine and describe the three layers of soil and factors that can degrade their quality. Students utilize cocoa puffs,...
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Soil Sampling: Random Sampling Across a Large Field with Hammer Probe

For Students 9th - 12th
New ReviewWhat defines a random sample? Scholars learn how to collect a random soil sample from a large field. The narrator explains the importance of ensuring the sample is random and shows how to create a random sample before sending it to the lab.
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Optional Laboratory: Soil Particle Size and Texture

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students 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.
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Soil Profile

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research soil layers and create a soil profile in a jar.  In this soil profile lesson, 4th graders working in groups, research a given layer of soil, make a 3-5 minute presentation to the class, and complete a worksheet. ...
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Build a Worm Castle

For Teachers 1st Standards
Primary learners create a worm habitat, locate and add worms to their jar, and then observe these wiggly wonders as they work their way through through the soil.
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2016 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The average student scores less than three points, out of five, on the AP Environmental Science test. Most do well on the multiple choice and struggle with the free-response section. Encourage extra free-response practice with actual...
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Investigation 6 - Soil Profile

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study the components of soil. They observe the basic components of soil and relate the components to plant growth. They record color, texture, and kinds of materials on their profile log (light color, denser, grittier -...
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Drought

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners 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.
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Earth Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the consistency of the earth's layers and soil through modeling. By conducting an engaging experiment, learners develop a model for the earth's layers and a soil profile using edible materials. Each material is chosen based on...
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Lab: Percent of Composition of KClO3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students find the percent of oxygen in potassium chlorate. In this percent composition lesson plan, students heat a solution of potassium chlorate using a catalyst, manganese dioxide, to decompose the potassium chlorate and release...
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Sustainable Agriculture: Soils And Food Production

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders recognize differences in soil quality from one area to another. They describe the importance of organic matter in soil health and suggest ideas that help provide adequate food supplies for the world. The interview a person...
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What's in Wetland Soil?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the organic and inorganic components of soil. In this environmental science activity, students identify the factors that influence soil formation. They collect soil samples, conduct tests, and analyze the results.
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Soil Types

For Teachers 4th
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.)
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Archaeological Soils

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the composition of a soil sample. In this archaeology activity, 8th graders describe the different soil layers formed in their activity. They explain how this pattern help archaeologists evaluate soil types.
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Soil in the Making

For Students 7th - 10th
In this soil worksheet, learners read an article and then determine the two factors that affect soil composition. This worksheet has 2 short answer questions.
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Soil

For Students 7th - 9th
For this soil worksheet, students fill in 12 blanks with terms related to the composition of the layers in soil, the production of the layers of the soil, leaching, and the soil profile.
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Soil Formation

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders investigate how soil is formed. They analyze types of soil samples, examine soil using a magnifying glass or microscope, complete a chart, conduct a soil and plant experiment, and construct a soil profile.
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Acid Rain

For Students 9th - 12th
Rain, rain, go away ... at least if your pH is below six! The sixth installment in a series of seven videos teaching about pollution and our atmosphere shows learners the facts about acid rain. Embedded pauses allow you to stop and check...
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What Kind of Garden Would Grow in Our Schoolyard?

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students perform soil tests for pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, composition and water percolation rate and assess the conditions in the schoolyard.
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Soil Moisture

For Teachers K - 12th
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...
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Soil Profile Diagram

For Students 8th - 10th
In this soil profile worksheet, students are given a diagram of the layers in soil and answer questions about each layer and the processes involved in forming the soil profile.
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Kodiak Living, Long Ago

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Pupils read about Kodiak living long ago where they compare 3 different soils from the Kodiak Archipelago site and determine where people wanted their location of home based on the soil. For this soil lesson plan, the worksheet is provided.
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Prairie Restoration and Prairie Ecology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars collect data as they identify and classify native prairie plants and insects. They create their own population study using a variety of sampling techniques to determine the population density of various species. Students...
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Soils are the Pits!

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students dig soil pits in order to observe soil features and the factors of soil formation and soil forming process. Students also examine the relationships among different soils in a series of soil pits.
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What's in the Soil?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders create stratified soil levels using pictures. In this earth science lesson, 2nd graders identify "artifacts" from 3 historic eras and divide them into 3 soil levels. Then they draw their own multi-level soil profile and...
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Look Out, Below!

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners study the four layers of soil while identifying the substances that each level is composed up. They investigate the properties of soil such as color, texture, water retention and the ability to maintain life by growing a plant.
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Erosion in Different Soils

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders observe and identify the effects of weathering and geological activities. They take part in an excellent hands-on group activity called "Erosion Race," in which each group tries to simulate erosion of soil in the quickest...
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Fertilizing Chile

For Students 9th - 12th
Fertilizer can mean the difference between a profit and a loss. Scholars use an online interactive to explore the effects of fertilizing in agriculture. Given information about the nitrogen levels in the soil, they decide the fertilizer...
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Water Retention and Soil Variation in Local Ecosystems

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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.
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Strike of the Century

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discuss items that help or harm the forest soil before reading an article "Strike of the Century". Students work in groups to write a follow up news report about the consequences of the strike of the organisms found in the...
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Comparing Soil Types

For Teachers 9th
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...
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Deposition Investigation

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study erosion and its impact on the Earth. In this erosion study lesson, 5th graders watch a PowerPoint that illustrates examples of erosion. Students create a vocabulary matrix for related terms and complete a graphic...
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Determining the Percolation Rate of Soil

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover how water moves through different types of soils. In groups, they use the same sample from a previous activity and empty it into a milk carton in which they have layered with cheesecloth to determine the percolation...
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Detecting Magnetic Materials in "Martian" Soil

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students simulate some of the Pathfinder experiments by devising methods of collecting and measuring magnetic substances in pseudo-Martian soil. The efficiency of each of the methods used to collect materials is evaluated in this lesson.
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What's Happening Below The Surface?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students determine the soil composition of soil layers in their area. They collect soil samples, calculate the percentage soil water content, analyze data, and evaluate each site for future tree growth.
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once and future MOON

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Beyond the phases of the moon, this comprehensive lesson plan covers geologic history and geology. Amateur astronauts examine photos of the lunar landscape, experiment with the creation of craters, and delve into information about the...
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Mud Shakes

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders complete activities to study soil. In this soil composition lesson, 2nd graders view pictures of soil on a PowerPoint, write their observations, and draw pictures of the soil. Students study the parts of the soil and...
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Soil Permeability

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a lab activity in which they examine the permeability of different soils. They examine the soil's composition and make predictions about the permeability of the soils. They share their observations to the class.
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Burt County, NE, Soil Survey

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners identify the soil types and textures, and locate the waterways in or near the towns of Lyons and Decatur, Nebraska. They analyze soil profile maps, and answer conclusion questions.
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What Makes Up Your Profile?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders understand what a profile is and relate to the profile of soil. In this soil profile activity students use cereal to simulate soil profile. Students draw and label their profiles using accurate soil vocabulary.
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Soil Testing and Measurement

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students prepare their garden plot. In this gardening instructional activity, students use the Internet or book on plants to make sure the plants they have selected will be able to grow in their garden. The students assess and mark out...
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The Marvels of Mud

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Young scientists roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty in this three-day earth science investigation. Following the scientific method, children monitor the growth of algae in pond water samples in order to determine the role that...
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School Forest Inventory for Dummies

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
New ReviewPut on those forest ranger hats for an engaging and informative lesson. Eager scientists study the makeup of a local forest ecosystem and then write a forest management plan. They consider many parameters including identification of both...
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Measuring Biodiversity in Gorongosa

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take your biology class' understanding of biodiversity to a whole new level! Ecology scholars use data to calculate three different diversity indices based on the organisms in the Gorongosa National Park. The four-part activity uses an...
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Worm Your Way Out of This

For Teachers 3rd Standards
How can you provide healthy soil for your garden? Study worms, bacteria, and other microorganisms in a lesson about decomposition and organic compost. After discussing what you know about worms and watching a video, watch what worms do...
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Necessary Nitrogen

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view a video that presents the biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen. They compare types of soils and consider how different fertilizers affect soil composition.
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Martha Who?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore how the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available and on abiotic factors, such as quantities of light and water, a range of temperatures, soil composition. They are...
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Worms! Nature's Recyclers

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the process of composting. In this composting lesson, 3rd graders read the book Wonderful Worms, and create composters.
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The Rock Cycle

For Students 6th - 8th
In this rock cycle worksheet, students are given 6 terms and 6 definitions related to rock formation and the rock cycle. Students match the terms with their definitions and paste the definition next to the term.
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Separating Soil from Dirt

For Teachers 4th - 8th
You can use these lesson ideas to teach students about the importance and ecology of soil.
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Discovering Rainforest Locations

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
How many rainforests are there, where are they, and do global factors effect their locations? These are great questions that have great answers. Children in grades four through eight use several different maps to determine why...
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Why Buy Dirt?

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore plant life by participating in a soil analysis activity. In this botany lesson, students identify the types of nutrients and minerals found in specific soils which can allow plants to grow their best. Students utilize...
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Determine Soil Particle Size

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine various soil samples in groups. Using the samples, they identify the characteristics of them and calculate percolation and infiltration rates. They use this information to discover why some species can survive in one...
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pH Potential

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars experiment to determine the positive and negative impacts of human activities on environmental change. They examine how physical and biological processes such as decomposition affect soil characteristics while looking at...
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"Tri-County" Project--Ground Water

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore data on some of the landforms in Nebraska to distinguish between porous and nonpremeable soils. The state's groundwater is investigated.
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Mud is Mud...or is it?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
We know that the type of soil varies by location, but does the seafloor sediment also vary, or is it all the same? Scholars compare photos of the seafloor from two different locations: the Savannah Scarp and the Charleston Bump. Through...
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Abiotic Factors

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Pupils identify a local plant community and make a variety of measurements. They measure abiotic factors such as taking soil samples and making measurements of weather conditions on the day of the study.
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The United States Flag as a Symbol

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Though September 11 was the most devastating attack on American soil, it was not the first. Middle schoolers discuss the symbolism of the American flag pulled from the debris at the World Trade Center, and how the flag connects to that...
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Surface Processes

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Weathering and erosion are described with photos, diagrams, and text in this set of 48 slides. Both physical and chemical weathering processes are introduced, as well as the factors that affect the rate of weathering, and types of soil...
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All About Food

For Students K - 5th
Check out this 11-part collection for elementary learners! Each lesson is full of hands-on activities, handouts, and in-depth studies of the science of food. Your class will study balanced meals, how food grows, plant parts, the...
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Perkin' Through the Pores

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore different levels of soil. In this soil lesson, 4th graders investigate the amount water that can be absorbed by topsoil, subsoil, and bedrock.
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"Tri-County" Project--Ogallala Aquifer

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore the Ogallala Aquifer in the state of Nebraska. The signs of pollution found are examined and the data classified.
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Chemistry In Plant Nutrition And Growth

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate different factors that affect plant growth. They research the effects of water supply, radiant energy, air temperature, and soil temperature. Students also gather facts that influence plant nutrition that include the...
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COMPARE SOILS BY GROWING PLANTS

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The student will identify the difference in the rate of plant growth in three soils that vary in organic matter.1. Obtain three to four flowerpots, different types of soil, a record chart, three to five beans for each pot, and water....
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Water-Holding Capacity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and conduct an experiment to compare the water-holding capacity of sand, soil, and moss. They measure the change in weight for each material after adding the same amount of water to each material.
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Traditional Soil Remediation in the Garden

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners use testing kits to analyze garden soil. They research the nutritional needs of various crops as well as the nutritional properties of fish. Students participate in fish harvesting for garden fertilizing.
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Under Our Feet

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students investigate the forest ecosystem to learn of the living and non-living elements of the soil. In this ecosystem instructional activity, students examine soil for twigs, moss, fungi, leaves, roots and other matter.   Students...
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Glaciers Worksheet #1

For Students 6th - 9th
The landscape impacted by glacier activity is drawn at the top of this instructional activity. Ten multiple choice questions follow, some relating to the diagram, and some about the quality of soil left by glaciation. It is not often...
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The Properties of Clay

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders determine the physical properties of clay by examining ceramic works of art. They evaluate local soil samples for suitability for sculpting and compare clay taken from soil to manufactured clay.
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Build an Indoor Compost Bin

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students write an essay to describe the contents of a compost bin.  In this composting lesson, students create a compost bin. Students examine soil for its contents and explains in an essay the impact of the soil on the environment.
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Flower Power: Kansas Quarter Reverse

For Teachers K - 1st
Students examine the Kansas quarter reverse and explore the basic needs and life processes of plants. They take a nature walk around the school and draw living and non-living things. In the classroom the sort the specimens collected into...
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Sampling the Ocean Floor

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students sample goodies from an unseen ocean floor and try to accurately describe their composition. This simulation helps students explain the limitations of sampling and the problem of obtaining representative samples of sea floor...
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The Water We Drink

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders relate that the quality of their drinking water is subject to the condition of the environment and water found in streams and creeks in their community. They track the travel of a wad of paper from a student's desk to a...
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Rocks and Minerals

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students are able to describe earth processes (e.g., rusting, weathering, erosion) that have affected selected physical features in students, neighborhoods. They are able to identify various earth structures (e.g., mountains, faults,...
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Playground Pounding

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers view photographs depicting soil compression. They use soil and sponges to observe how soil can be compacted, and its implications.
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Interpreting An Archaelogical Site

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students study the site of an archaeological dig site in order to begin looking at how they can be interpreted. They look at a soil profile and respond to a research question that simulates a real site. The other questions are used to...
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Plant Nutrition

For Teachers 9th
Work with these details to explain the many different aspects of plant nutrition. The majority of these slides give interesting trivia and unusual points about soil health, leaf health, and the variety of growth media that can be used.
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You want me to do what with this Dirt?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore how to take soil samples and use GPS to determine the location of the site they have chosen to take the samples.
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Field Trip Preparation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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How Much is Dirt Worth?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders graph the percentages of the materials that make up the Earth and complete computations based on their results.  In this topsoil activity, 4th graders diagram the different layers of Earth's composition.
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Exploring Great Salt Lake

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders go on a field trip to make observations about plants in the Great Salt Lake area. They make observations about the environment and record the types of pants that are living there. The lesson is to introduce the concepts of...
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How People Have Used Soils: How Soils Have Affected U.S. History

For Teachers 5th - 12th
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...
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Identifying Materials by their Reflectivity

For Students 8th - 10th
In this reflectivity worksheet, students read about the absorption and reflectivity of light by different materials. Students solve 4 problems and determine the composition of given materials based on the amount of light reflected. They...
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Density Separation of Local Sediments

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders investigate the density of local sediments. In this earth science instructional activity, 7th graders compare the densities of known material to that of an unknown sediment to determine its composition. They record...
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Space Science: A Scoop of Moon Dirt

For Teachers K - 8th
Students discover soil characteristics and how it is formed on Earth and the Moon by examining local samples to a lunar simulant. They replicate the effects of wind erosion by scraping dry bread with sandpaper. Students use rocks and...
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Plop! Plop! Fizz! Fizz!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study physical and chemical weathering. They explain how the processes of weathering and erosion change and move materials that become soil. They create a K-W-L chart to show what they know and list what else they would...
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The Earth is a Changin'

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students view examples of different types of erosion. In this erosion lesson, students discuss the different types of erosion and how erosion changes Earth. Students explore erosion and the effect it has on engineering.
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HABITAT for the other 90%

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the connection between the habitat needs of endemic species to the habitat needs of humans.  In this habitat lesson students research the habitat requirements of a given family then develop an idea to improve the habitat...
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ME402: Growth of Yeast

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate the growth of yeast in a sugar solution. They verify the pressure of carbon dioxide using bromothymol blue. Students are asked to describe the difference between the contents of the test tubes used and to explain...
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Seeds of Wetland Life

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students participate in several activities on seed exploration. In this biology lesson, students classify seeds according to their dispersal method. They explain the different adaptations plant have to disperse their seeds.
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Discovering the Wetlands!

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students name wetland plant and animal life.  In this ecosystem lesson students go birdwatching and interpret native plants through art. 
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Nature's Recycling Program

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Young scholars identify what materials make up compost. In this science of recycling lesson, students explain the benefits of composting determine how compost is a good plant fertilizer.
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Next Stop, the Watsonville Wetlands

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars study bird migrations and the importance of wetlands.  In this migration lesson students play a game and complete a computer activity. 
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Where Do Birds Live? Cavity Nesters of the Watsonville Wetlands

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students compare and contrast primary and secondary cavity nesters. In this life science lesson plan, students explore the different types of nests that birds make. They play a team game to apply what they learned.
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Whose Breakfast isn't for the Birds?

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore coffee production.  In this cross-curriculum rainforest ecology lesson plan, students research regions where coffee comes from and investigate how the native birds in the rainforest are effected by coffee production. ...
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Sounds of the Wetlands

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students identify the sounds of different bird calls. In this biology lesson plan, students create a sound map. They explain how this method is important in tracking wildlife.
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What's The Level?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the movement of the water table and saturation zones. They describe the movements of the water table and locate the saturation zones. Students identify the function of each saturation zone. They develop a model of the...
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Time Trials

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Due to contaminants in the water, the Cuyahoga River, located in Ohio, caught fire in 1969. In this sixth activity, learners see how contaminated surface water reaches ground water. Through a demonstration, participants test the...
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Red Worms and Vermicomposting

For Teachers 10th
Young ecologists discover the conditions that worms prefer. They collect data regularly from a compost heap and write a summary of findings at the end of 12 weeks.
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Air Pollution

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Seventy percent of the air pollution in China is due to car exhaust. Under the umbrella of environmental chemistry, learners extensively explore air pollution. From the makeup of our atmosphere to sources of major air pollutants, classes...
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What Can You Learn From Ancient Skeletons?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Skeletons may not be able to speak, but they can still tell us a lot. High schoolers watch a short video about the ways biological anthropologists can use a skeleton's bone structure to determine age, gender, place of birth, and social...
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Facts II: The Aspen FACE Experiment

For Teachers 9th - 10th
The Aspen FACE (free-air carbon dioxide enrichment) Experiment was set up in Wisconsin to assess the effects of increased carbon dioxide and ozone on forest ecosystems. Environmental science learners examine and graph the growth index...
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Comets and Meteors

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Comets are also known as dirty snowballs or icy mud balls. With your super scientists, create a model comet nucleus to discover how they are made and take part in a scientific discussion to learn how it behaves.
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Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Sixth graders investigate the various types of pollutants found in water and ways to help prevent water pollution. Through a hands-on experiment, students create samples of polluted water by mixing water with vegetable oil, dirt, and...
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It's the Heat and the Pressure?

For Teachers 6th Standards
Ready for a change? Give a comprehensive collection of metamorphic materials a try! With the assortment of printables and lab activities, you won't be under pressure to keep things lively. The unit culminates by having pupils complete an...
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Saving the Bay

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students investigate water pollution prevention. In this ecology wastewater lesson, students activate prior knowledge about sewage, then view a video explaining the waste water sewage system used in the San Francisco Bay area. Students...
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Biomes of Canada

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders, in groups, research one of the biomes of Canada. They create a multi-slide PowerPoint presentation about their biome that contains specific types of inserted/downloaded pictures, recorded voice, and a sound effect.
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Exploring Wyoming Species Habitats

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are introduced to the concept of species habitats and ranges. They introduced to ArcView GIS as a tool for mapping. Pupils use query data for species withina county, elevation, range, rivers and streams, land cover, and etc....
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Reading the River

For Teachers 5th - 8th
In collaborative groups, young ecologists measure the temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen for three different freshwater samples. They examine each sample with a microscope and record observations on the microorganisms in the pond...
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Etosha: Poppin' Out at You

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders research an African animal of their choice and relate the concepts of population, climate and biodiversity to their animal. They examine how population interacts in an ecosystem.
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Causal Patterns in Ecosystems Section 3

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars design and create a worm and worm free compost tanks for observation of decay in ecosystems. They make predictions, care, and revist tanks using their journals for observation and data collection.
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A Model Aquifer

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students build a model that depicts how water is stored in an aquifer. They examine ways in which groundwater can become contaminated.
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Rocks & More

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students complete a unit on rocks and minerals. They explore various websites, identify the types of rocks, complete a crossword puzzle, conduct a mineral streak test, demonstrate how water breaks up rock, and create a commemorative...
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Oceans-A Fact Haiku

For Teachers K - 4th
Students create haiku poems. In this poetry lesson plan, students listen to the sound of the ocean from an audio file and write a haiku poem about oceans.
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How can my breakfast help the birds?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders design farms with a bird's habitat in mind. In this farm lesson plan, 6th graders research how sun grown coffee destroys a bird habitat, and then they make their own farm with a bird's habitat being preserved. They then...
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The Formation and Value of Temperate Grasslands

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students get an overview of the climate and organisms of the North American Prairie. After a lecture, and watching some videos imbedded in this plan, students compile research data on the North American Prairie.
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The Captain And Lake Wilmar

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the ecosystem of Lake Wilmar through three coordinated performance tasks. They first investigate the effects of pH on freshwater animals by comparing the zooplankton counts from three different areas. They then...
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Weathering and Erosion Splashdown

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate how plants and their roots help slow the erosion process.
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Ammonium Nitrate - Efficient Fertilizers

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students study the chemistry of ammonium nitrate and consider the advantages and disadvantages of this compound. They compare different fertilizers and calculate the molar mass and percent nitrogen in the different fertilizers.
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Lucy's Tasty Treasures

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students write out an advertisement for peaches.  In this writing lesson, students focus on creating a campaign for peaches. This unit contains several teaching activities for student all centered on peaches. Student have a mixed up fact...
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Layers as Clues

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the development of certain regions. In this Earth Science lesson plan, students will learn about 2 records of seismic events. The students will be working in groups and as a class to complete worksheets that include...
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Build an Outdoor Compost Heap

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study how to create a compost heap. In this composting lesson, students create a compost heap. Students write an essay describing the process.
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Down to the Core

For Students 4th - 8th
No need to dig further for a resource on core samples. Scholars build a device capable of taking core samples to model similar tools that collect samples from planets and moons. They try out their devices on potatoes in the third lesson...
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Factors Affecting Plant Growth

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars determine the physical and chemical factors that affect plant growth. For this biology lesson, students explain the role of hormones in plants. They investigate how competition with other plants affect their growth.
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Earth & Beyond: Dryland Salinisation

For Teachers 7th - 10th
In this earth and beyond worksheet, young scholars read information about dryland salinsation, a serious problem facing Western Australia, and then answer 14 questions about the topic.
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Everyone Up!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine various agriculture careers, both direct and indirect, related to crop production and distribution. In this food production instructional activity, students role play the processing chain in which crops move from...
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Predator/Prey Relationship

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars study and analyze data collected on the relationship between the snowshoe hare and lynx in Canada over a 28 year period and create a graph. Students also write a response to a proposal to reduce the lynx population.
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How Hot is Too Hot?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use the scientific method to conduct experiments on the temperature effects on organisms. In this temperature effects on organisms lesson plan, 5th graders observe and record the hatching or the developing of organisms into...
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Composting "The Right Mix"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the correct mix of material types for compost. For this composting lesson, students explore the correct amounts of different types of materials to create a compost heap. Students then create a compost heap.
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Ecology

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are introduced to online research and beginning PowerPoint presentations that are integrated. They pass a plant and photosynthesis. Students locate information on a self selected animal online. They give a PowerPoint...
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Earth's Atmosphere and Temperature

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the layers of earth's atmosphere and conduct an experiment to identify carbon dioxide. They construct models using styrofoam to represent molecules in the atmosphere's layers. To discover how sunlight efffects...

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