Density and Texture of Soil

This Density and Texture of Soil lesson plan also includes:

All soil is not created equal! A lab activity asks learners to collect and analyze soil. Specific calculations determine the amount of sand, silt, and clay in a sample and allow individuals to identify the soil texture. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in dried soil samples to reduce the amount of class time spent on the activity
  • Create an interdisciplinary lesson with the math department to study the concept of percents
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires an oven to dry soil samples

  • Encourages an analysis of soils from different areas

  • Does not explain how to collect the settled soil from the mason jars