Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

Soil

The Great Plant Escape: Case 2 “Soiled Again” – Activity
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case2/index.html
Detective Le Plant needs you to get your hands dirty by helping him dig for clues in the soil. To solve this case, you must find out what soil is, why it is important, and in what kinds of soil plants grow. Grades 4-5.

BrainPop: The pH of Soils – Video
http://www.brainpop.com/science/seeall/
Short video takes the students through the pH scale and why it is so important to the soil. Look under “Science” and click on “pH scale” and soil clips. Requires subscription.

GLOBE Project: Soil Chapter – Activity
http://archive.globe.gov/tctg/tgchapter.jsp?sectionId=86
PDF chapter on soil includes protocols, field guides, learning activities, appendix and data sheets.

CyberBee: Probing Questions – Activities
http://www.infotoday.com/MMSCHOOLS/mar02/cybe0302.htm
Which type of soil supports more plant life? Why do you think the habitats have different pH levels in the soil? Includes sample worksheet, lesson plans, where to buy science probes for testing and links to related sites.

pH Agriculture – Lesson Plan
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/13/3f/ad.pdf
Includes information on major components of soils, factors affecting soil pH, effect of pH on plant growth, the relationship between soil pH and nutrient availability, and more.

The Biotic and Abiotic Factors: The Relationship Between pH and the Sprouting of Corn Seeds – Lesson Plan
http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~dougproj/programs/outreach/Life/AbioticpH.pdf
Enables students to identify solutions of varying pH, observe the relationship between biotic and abiotic factors affecting pH levels, and to determine optimal pH for seed growth. Grades 7 and above.

Salt Marshes – Video (NOAA)
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar06a_saltmarsh.html
Shows how plants and the soil are tolerant to high and low tides; defines what a levee is and lists plants that are compatible in the salt water marshes of our coastal areas.

Soil Analysis – Activity
http://www.mysciencebox.org/soilanalysis
Soil analysis activity with links to specific grade levels, scientific concepts, lesson types and related topics.

Soil Net – Activities
http://www.soil-net.com
Ample soil information and activities for Grades 1-4.

Soil Soakers – Activities (EPA)
http://www.epa.gov/oerrpage/superfund/students/clas_act/fall/soakers.htm
Students learn to test soils’ ability to absorb and retain water and how these qualities pertain to wetlands. Grades 2-6.

Buried Treasure – Activities (EPA)
http://www.epa.gov/oerrpage/superfund/students/clas_act/fall/buried.htm
Teaches students about soil decomposition and how this process relates to wetlands. Grades 3-6.

Underground Adventure – Activities
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/undergroundadventure/
Students decide on a research question, propose a hypothesis, establish a study site at their school, conduct field research, take notes on their findings in a scientific journal, and modify their hypothesis based on what they find. Grades 3-8.

Delineating a Wetland Using Soils – Lesson Plan
http://www.classroomearth.org/node/183
Students identify wetlands using soil samples in this AP Environmental Science Class lab.