Exploring Solutions for Soil Conservation

EXPLORATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Exploring Solutions for Soil Conservation

Students will take their understanding of soil erosion to explore conservation solutions

Time

45 Minutes

Setting

Inside

Collection Group

THE DUST BOWL

 

Standards

  • S5E1. Students will identify surface features of the Earth caused by constructive and destructive processes.
    • a. Identify surface features caused by constructive processes.
      • Deposition (Deltas, sand dunes, etc.)
    • b. Identify and find examples of surface features caused by destructive processes.
      • Erosion (water—rivers and oceans, wind)
      • Weathering
      • Impact of organisms

Materials

Procedures

  1. Read about Soil Conservation as a whole group from the article http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/methods-of-soil-conservation.php
  2. Divide the 23 methods of soil conservation amongst students for them to each further research and prepare a short presentation about.
  3. Select the methods of soil conservation that can be implemented in your garden and put them into practice. Multiple methods can be tested against each other – even using a leaf blower to test against the “wind” after sufficient time has been taken for each of the methods to be effective.

Explorations in this Collection

Modeling How Dust Moves

Modeling How Dust Moves

Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

Searching for the Cause and Effects of the Dust Bowl

Searching for the Cause and Effects of the Dust Bowl