Soil Study

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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 absorption, and erosion. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss if sand is considered soil and why
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of pH
  • If pH probe isn't available, you can use pH testing strips

  • Offers three ideas for extending the lesson
  • Lists lab procedures clearly

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