Group Title: Environmental teaching plans
Title: Soil parameters
ALL VOLUMES CITATION PDF VIEWER THUMBNAILS PAGE IMAGE ZOOMABLE
Full Citation
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA01300920/00036
 Material Information
Title: Soil parameters
Series Title: Environmental teaching plans
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: St. Croix Environmental Education Team
Publisher: Division of Fish and Wildlife
Place of Publication: Frederiksted, VI
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: CA01300920
Volume ID: VID00036
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

Downloads

This item has the following downloads:

00036SoilParameters ( PDF )


Full Text







E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING


Title: SOIL PARAITETERS

Author: Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Environmental Education Team

Grade Level: 3-4

Concepts: Disciplines:
2. Ecosystem 1.Science
6. Natural Resources 2.Language Arts
3.Mathematics
4.Social Studies
Objective:

Students will determine difference in temperature of air and soil in three
different locations by using a thermometer and record observations relating to
difference at each site.

Rationale:

A better understanding of ecosystem can be initiated early through simple tasks
which, at the same time, teach students skills in measurement, observation, and
analysis. Why things grow in one place and not in another can also be equated
with why people live in some areas and not in others as a simple environmental
concept.

Materials Needed:

Trowel
Thermometer
Worksheet and pencil

Directions/Activities:

This activity may be performed either in areas on the school playground or while
on a class field trip to the beach, rain forest, farming area, or mountain side.
The students will select three divergent soil pit areas to examine. They will
record information relative to these three areas on their "Soil Parameters
Worksheet."


E-36














SOIL PARAMETERS

SOIL PARATERS WORKSHEET

Select three divergent soil pit areas. Dig a hole about four inches deep at
each area. Carefully place a thermometer in the soil pit bottom, cover with
loose dirt; wait about 3-5 minutes.


Pit #1


Pit #2


Pit #3


1.Record soil temperature.


2.Record air temperature above pit.



3.Describe plants in pit area.

P-1

P-2

P-3

4.Describe soil color.

P-1

P-2

P-3


5.Describe soil moisture.

P-1

P-2

P-3

6.Describe soil texture.

P-1

P-2

P-3


7.Describe type of material in soil (litter, duff, humus, clay)

P-1

P-2


P-3


E.T.


E-36














SOIL PARAMETERS



8. Conclusions: How do pit areas #1, #2, and #3 differ? Why?



















9. If the pit areas were actually large tracts of land, in which areas would
people likely live? Why?
























Key.

Litter- Identifiable dead things
Duff- Partially decomposed organic matter
Humus- Completely decomposed; unidentifiable


E. T.


E-36




University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs