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Solve Real-World Soil Science Problems With Math

An illustration shows layers of different soils. Credit: Lydia Eykelestam Burton

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity, Presentation, Worksheet
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards, State-specific

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In this activity, you will analyze different soil types to determine their composition and properties. Then you’ll apply that knowledge to choose the appropriate soil for specific plants. As you go about engineering soils, you’ll learn to use ratios and percentages to accurately describe the relative amount of each component in the soil mixture so that other scientists can replicate your results. 

Our environment is struggling, and many places do not have land to support plant growth. Learn about a place where only 12% of the soil is arable—capable of supporting plant life. Over many years, drought, deforestation, and climate change have led to desertification and the loss of fertile land.

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Solve Real-World Soil Science Problems With Math.pdf

Activity
October 20, 2023
28.7 MB
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Soil-Presentation.pdf

Presentation
October 20, 2023
6.2 MB
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Soil-Ratios-Student-Handout.pdf

Worksheet
October 20, 2023
1.4 MB
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Types of Soil
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Standards

Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.

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