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49 reviewed resources for testing soil samples

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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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Testing for Chemicals in Soils

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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.
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Testing Soils for Garden Planting

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders collect soil samples and record the location of the samples by using GPS.
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Soil Infiltration: Soil Porosity Testing

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewSoil 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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Soil Samples

For Teachers K - 5th
Students complete experiments in which they test the amount of humus in soil samples. They record their data and discuss the results. They write a story about soils to end the lesson.
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Soil Sample Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students test the pH of soil samples they collected from the field trip. For this chemistry lesson, students differentiate acids and bases. They write a lab report about the experiment.
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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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Investigating Planetary Soils

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study soil characteristics and identify properties of soils from different parts of the solar system.  In this soil lesson students divide into groups, read soil descriptions, test and record soil samples. 
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Sensational Sampling Project

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students solve community water problem using scientific skills. They examine factors affecting groundwater movement through earth materials, develop operational understanding of porosity and permeability by testing soil samples, record...
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Sustainability: Learning for a Lifetime – The Importance of Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Water is essential for life—and understanding the importance of clean drinking water is essential in understanding sustainability! Show your environmental science class the basics of water testing and treatment through a week-long...
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Soil Testing and Texturing

For Teachers K - 8th
Learners are introduced to soil textures and why they are important in examining soil quality. They find out how to feel the difference between soil textures. Pupils describe which soil texture is best for gardens and growing healthy...
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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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Soil Testing

For Students 5th - 8th
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...
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Testing Your Water

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students perform several water quality tests on groundwater from their area. They use test strips to determine the pH, hardness, alkalinity, nitrates, iron and chloride levels.
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Ecosystem Soil Study

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders take soil samples and analyze the samples and ecosystems found within them.
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Are We Alone?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Find an answer to the age-old debate of whether life exists on Mars. Groups determine criteria to help look for signs of life on Mars. The activity has the class simulate testing Martian soil samples for signs of life before drawing...
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What's in This Water?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils investigate the biological and chemical characteristics of water to determine where purple loosestrife occurs. They create data sheets to record water quality tests in several locations and work in groups to conduct the water...
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Urban Impact on Chollas Creek (California): A Field Study

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students, in groups, take samples from a creek and keep a field journal on their samples. They also perform tests on their samples.
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Lead Detection

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore one method for the detection of lead in soil. The detection of the presence of lead in soil can be determined sensitively using inexpensive swabs. Pupils collect several spoonfuls of soil from various parts of their...
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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 Secret Lives of Nematodes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Biology or ecology learners studying parasitism or food webs will learn a lot from this lesson on the activity of nematodes. Learners collect soil samples, bait them with insect larvae, and then examine insect carcasses over time to...
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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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Testing the Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students develop and test a hypotheses through collecting and recording water quality data. They perform their tests outdoors in a location with a safe stream and easy access for students. Their various experiments involve the entire...
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Does Dye Die...? : Foreign Chemicals In Our Environment

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars work as scientists to simulate testing on soil, plants, and water for foreign chemicals through this series of experiments.