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Soil Sampling

Soil Sampling

Soil Sampling/Testing

Appropriate for Grades: 3-8

Learning Standards Covered: 3.ESS.1, 6.ESS.4

Program Length: 1 hour

Vocabulary: measurement, dissolve, concentration, reaction, reagent, extraction, dilution, pH, acidic, basic, neutral, nutrients, erosion

Learning Objectives

  • Examine and compare the physical and chemical properties of soil samples
  • Become familiar with the concepts of dissolving, concentration, reaction, extraction, and dilution

Program Description

Students learn about the physical properties of soil and answer comparative questions by performing soil investigation tests. Students collect soil samples from various habitats, read and follow soil test directions, and use scientific equipment.

Lab option: Soil samples are analyzed for pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium levels through chemical analysis