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This activity introduces students to the concept of slope stability (or angle of repose). Using an apparatus they have constructed, the students will work in small groups to test the stability angle of fine gravel, sand, and topsoil, gradually increasing the angle of the apparatus until the test material begins to slide off (angle of first fall) and until all the material slides away (angle of total ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Soil science
 
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In this activity, students will construct a set of sieves (four sizes) and use them to sort a soil sample. The activity will demonstrate that accuracy does not always have to involve expensive, high technology equipment. The sieves can be kept for use in later activities. A materials list and illustrated instructions are provided. Materials used to construct the sieves must be purchased. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Soil science, Technology
 
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Fueled by economic pressure to maximize crop yields and government incentives to produce only one type of crop, contemporary American farmers have been facing a crisis reminiscent of one that hit the Great Plains in the 1930s. This video segment explains why more and more farmers are opting for sustainable, organic farming practices to help preserve the valuable topsoil that they rely on for their ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Soil science
 
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This resource provides some reference material about composting, and some questions for discussion. A multimedia interactive feature explains what composting is and the roles that soil microbes, oxygen, and moisture play in this process. There is also a game that challenges users to start and maintain their own virtual compost pile. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Soil science
 
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This United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) publication (11th edition, 2010) contains taxonomic keys necessary for the classification of soils in a form easily used in the field. The book describes soils in general, how to differentiate between them, and how the identification process works. The taxonomic key includes all known soil types, including mollisols, oxisols, alfisols, and others. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, Book - text
Subject: Agricultural science, Soil science
 
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This site holds more than twenty-five hands-on activities for teachers and students exploring the Earth, planets, geology, and space. Topics covered include the solar system, Mars, the Moon, properties of planets, volcanology, craters, folding and faulting, soils, streams, and wind. Each activity details procedures, materials, objectives, background information, and follow-up questions. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Structural geology, Soil science, Space science
 
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Outdoor Education is a series of outdoor activities that include orienteering, soil and water conservation, forestry, minerals, wildlife, and basic first aid disciplines. This program was designed to enable learners to have hands-on contact with the natural world as well as experience various facets of their natural environment. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Course
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science, Forestry, Soil science
 
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This lesson plan is part of the discoveryschool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on how flooding can occur due to different types of soil and how soils are able to retain rainwater. It includes objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, performing extensions, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography, Natural hazards, Soil science
 
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Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This site contains state information about agriculture, a kids page with games and information, agriculture science project topics, lesson plans for agriculture and geography, quizzes to test agriculture literacy and links for more information. The goal of this program is to help ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Project, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Physical geography, Soil science
 
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Ecoregions denote areas of general similarity in ecosystems and in the type, quality, and quantity of environmental resources. They are designed to serve as a spatial framework for the research, assessment, management, and monitoring of ecosystems and ecosystem components. This interactive map shows the ecoregions of North and South Dakota in increasing levels of detail (from level III to level IV). ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Ecology, Physical geography, Geology, Soil science
 
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