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Constructing a Set of Soil Sieves
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.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
Subject:
  • Soil science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
There is a cost
Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-681
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Maine Department of Conservation
Maine Geological Survey
http://www.state.me.us/doc/nrimc/mgs/mgs.htm