This is a great outdoor lab activity to get kids thinking about the abiotic factors in their environment. The lab covers pH, temperature and has students practice writing observations in the soil differentiation portion.
1. Testing pH using probe or litmus paper
2. Testing soil temperature with thermometer
3. Collecting a soil sample and filtering it using sieves. Students then write detailed observations of soil particulates found in each sieve layer
Students test five areas of soil for pH and temperature. They are to take the average of all 5 areas for both pH and temperature and record in the data table
This lab includes a student lab report, a list of tools (with pictures), and teacher notes.
We performed this lab in the outdoor field next to our school in groups of 3-4. Just make sure to go over outdoor lab expectations and protocol
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