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This site allows the user to search, browse, or use figures and tables to learn more about terminology used in soil science. The information is updated as new terms are developed or existing terms are redefined. The search tool allows the user to enter phrases or terms related to soil science and search for the definition. The search response will also include similar topics or words with suggested ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Glossary
Subject: Soil science
 
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This site is a slide show that explains how to build a compost pile and why compost piles are important. Most of the slides use photographs and illustrations to describe each step of the process. The author includes examples of specific materials to use and explains why each of these materials are important. The entire presentation is focused on encouraging and instructing children to build compost ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Informal
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Tutorial
Subject: Soil science
 
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In this activity students investigate the facts behind erosion, and observe, record and report their findings. Examples include the Grand Canyon's erosion effects due to wind, glaciers, animals, and humans. Observation and report sheets contain questions to guide students in their work. There are also examples of student reports and a teacher guide. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Ref. material
Subject: Soil science
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan teaches young students about the different kinds of soil. This includes what soil is, layers of soil on the Earth, and the properties of these soils. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The Classroom Connectors address content with an activity approach while incorporating themes ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Soil science
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan teaches young students about the living and non-living components of soil. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The Classroom Connectors address content with an activity approach while incorporating themes necessary to raise the activity to a higher cognition level. The major motivation ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Soil science
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan teaches discusses how soil is formed as a product of weathering and organic processes. Students learn the differences in soils in terms of texture, mineral content, and where it is formed, and learn to develop soil profiles. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The Classroom Connectors ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Soil science
 
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This activity allows students to experiment with different soil structures and discover the ability of each to carry a specific load. The Tower of Pisa is leaning because it was built on highly unstable ground right above an old river bed. Students will make their own soil mixture and see how well it supports a brick on end to learn what kind of soil is best to build on. This activity has a stated ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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In this activity students collect a representative soil sample from a piece of land as an introduction to soil testing and other soil activities. Using the sampling patterns and techniques discussed in class, they will collect and label a sample of soil from their garden, lawn, or fields. Using the provided Soil Data Sheet, students will record information about their soil as they develop it. A soil ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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In this activity students test soil samples for percent composition of air, water, organic material, and minerals. They will record the data on their data sheet or in a notebook. Students will understand the four basic soil components and realize that these components can vary widely within a small geographic area. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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In this activity students use screen sieves to determine the percent of sand, silt, and clay in a soil sample. They then use a tertiary soil diagram to determine the generic soil name of their sample. Students will learn to use particle size analysis as a tool to determine a soil's texture and understand the role of sand, silt, and clay sized particles in a soil. The site has a link to obtain the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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