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This site from SERC's Starting Point presents sample Gallery Walk questions about soil morphology. Students explain how the soil forming factors of climate, vegetation, topography, parent material, and time contribute to soil characteristics from various soil locations. Groups may present their analysis as either an oral or written assignment. The questions are organized according to the cognitive ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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This site provides illustrated information about soil orders and their global geographical distributions. Visual resources may be incorporated into lectures, labs, or other activities. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Abstract / Summary, Clearinghouse
Subject: Soil science
 
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This site features Flash animations that illustrate the development of soil horizons and their characteristics. Animations depict the processes of eluviation and illuviation, soil thickness and biomantle development, and a typical progression of soil profile development from bedrock to mature soil. These visual resources may be suitable for integration into lectures, labs and other teaching activities. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Abstract / Summary, Clearinghouse
Subject: Soil science
 
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This animation provides an interactive ternary diagram that shows soil texture classifications for different silt, sand and clay content levels. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Soil science
 
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This site provides a collection of audio, visual, and informational resources about soil erosion. Animations and MPG movies cover topics including the migration of African dust across the Atlantic, bank erosion, rain splash erosion, dune sand saltation, and the physical and cultural effects of erosion in Haiti. The site also features audio and visual files about the Dust Bowl during the 1930's as ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Video, Visualization - scientific, Abstract / Summary, Oral history, Clearinghouse
Subject: Soil science
 
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This University of Idaho website discusses the twelve orders of soils, and provides images that illustrate the distribution, properties, and use of the soil orders. It provides general information on each of the twelve orders with a description, a U.S. map showing soil locations, and pictures of the soil type. A Global Distribution Map indicates locations of each soil type throughout the world. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Soil science
 
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This National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) website provides details about teaching soils in the classroom. There is information for teachers about what soils are, how they form, how they are classified, and what the soil survey does. There are lesson plans and activities on soil erosion, organic matter, soil air, particle sizes, texture, and monoliths. The site offers downloadable poster and PowerPoint ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Photograph, Ref. material, Clearinghouse
Subject: Soil science
 
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Developed by the US Department of Agriculture's Soil Survey Division (SSD), here is a high resolution poster with brief descriptions of the soil orders. Photos of soil profiles accompany descriptions of each order. The soil orders include: Alfisols, Andisols, Aridisols, Entisols, Gelisols, Histosols, Inceptisols, Mollisols, Oxisols, Spodusols, Ultisols, and Vertisols. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Soil science
 
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Developed by the US Department of Agriculture's Soil Survey Division (SSD), this website describes state soils and their significance. All states have chosen a state soil, which share the same level of distinction as state flowers or birds. Information includes a photo of each official soil, a description of major characteristics and formation, and a map showing the coverage of the soil within the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Soil science
 
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This site explains the basic process of soil formation and describes some of the characteristics of soils for elementary school children. The information is provided in the form of 13 questions about soil, with the final questions addressing the issue of soil conservation. Once the student has read all 13 informational sections they are awarded a Soil Diploma. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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