Components of Soil and Water Retention

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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 their observations and present their conclusions to the class.    

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To save time and money, send a letter home to parents and guardians asking for material donations
  • Extend the learning process by observing the life cycle of the plants that grow from the soil tested 
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