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Where Has All The Top Soil Gone?

Lesson Description:

Students will investigate changes caused by water flowing over soil by:
  • Observing sediment in water samples;
  • Controlling variables necessary to compare observations;
  • Modeling BMP;
  • Observing BMP's in use.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Standards Addressed:
  • Grade Six: 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 6.11
  • Earth Science: es.1, es.2, es.9

Materials Needed:
  • 3 clear plastic or glass jars of same size
  • 2 aluminum foil roasting pans
  • 1 hand spade or shovel
  • sprinkler-head watering cans or large cups with holes punched in the bottom

To wear:
  • "wettable" footwear

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