Sustainability: Learning for a Lifetime – Soil

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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 sustainability and soil conservation.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Make a special area for each group's growing seeds; they need to record their observations of the seed for at least two weeks
  • Extend the lesson by using the information from each group to plan a school garden project
Classroom Considerations

  • Reach out to a local restaurant to see if they will donate small bottles of maple syrup for the lab
  • Each group or pair needs Internet access for research
Pros

  • The lab is fun and easy to execute
  • Research and observation components of the lesson help strengthen important scientific method skills
  • Fantastic support materials guide the planning process and provide all printables
Cons

  • None
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