This is a structured activity that allows students to test the soil composition of a soil sample.
'Composition' refers to the percentage of sand, silt and clay in the soil, as well as the overall makeup of the soil sample [clay loam, silty loam, sandy loam, loam etc]. This activity does not test soil PH or any other factors.
In order to complete this activity students need to be able to obtain a soil sample large enough to fill half a large mason jar. Ideally this would come from their own backyard, but a sample from their school grounds, nearby park or reserve would be equally appropriate for students living in highly urbanised areas. Alternatively, the teacher could bring in a soil sample for the whole class to use.
Students are required to fill in the report template on completion of the test. This report allows students to determine their soil type. They are then required to research what crops would grow in their soil type and answer follow up questions.
-1 x instruction sheet
-1 x editable report template
-1 page teacher support notes
Resources required (per student)
-Large mason jar
-Camera/Device for taking photo
The activity is designed to take approximately 2-3 lessons of class time, with the assumption that a lesson is 50 minutes long.
Documents are in PDF format, with the exception of the editable report template, which is a Word document.
This product is also available as a part of my 'Feeding the World Mini-Unit':
FEEDING THE WORLD MINI UNIT