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Practical Investigation of Soil

Lesson Overview:

This lesson is designed to allow students to engage in a series of experimental and research activities in order to develop their knowledge of soil characteristics and properties, including:

  • creating an edible soil profile,
  • testing soils for pH,
  • infiltration rates,
  • texture
  • organic matter
  • bulk density
  • porosity
  • forests and soils.

Students can complete the soil practical work in school or on excursion. Students will also connect their understanding of soil properties to the forestry industry and gain insights as to how forests can benefit soils.

Aligns to the National Curriculum code:

ACSES020 - Soil formation requires interaction between atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic and biotic processes; soil is composed of rock and mineral particles, organic material, water, gases and living organisms.

Aligns to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum:

  • EES11/12-3
  • EES11/12-4
  • EES11/12-5

Year Level/s:

11

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Earth and Environmental Science

National Curriculum Codes:

ACSES020

Strand Content Description:

Earth and Environmental Science

  • ACSES020 - Soil formation requires interaction between atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic and biotic processes; soil is composed of rock and mineral particles, organic material, water, gases and living organisms (ACSES020)

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Literacy, Numeracy

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Sustainability

Curriculum Connections:

Geography, Science, Science - Agriculture

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Atmosphere, Forest management, Forestry, Forests, Organic Matter, pH, Silt, Soil, Soil Compaction, Soil Composition, Soil Formation, Soil Moisture, Soil Structure, Topsoil

Theme/s:

Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Activity

Secondary: Lesson Plan

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Practical Investigation of Soil

Teacher Resource

Teacher Guide - Practical Investigation of Soil

This teacher guide outlines all activities, timings, additional resources and sample answers to accompany the student workbook Practical Investigation of Soil.

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Student Resource

Student Workbook - Practical Investigation of Soil

The student workbook provides a photocopiable resource for teaching and facilitating the activities within Practical Investigation of Soil. Sample answers to the questions and all required resources are found within are found in the accompanying Teacher Resource.

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