This Land is Your Landby: Ann Kennedy, Tami L. Stubbs, and Jeremy C. Hansen

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Soil is all around us, in fact there is so much of it that we often don’t think of it as a valuable natural resource, and we might even take it for granted! We rely on its productivity for our food and fiber and its firmness to support our buildings and roads. With this series of active-learning exercises, your students will practice scientific inquiry while learning about soil as a valuable resource. After demonstrations on the amount of soil covering Earth and how it is retained/eroded, students work creatively as “farmers” to prevent soil erosion and save their farm, learning about a real-world problem.

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  • on Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:36 PM

Article begins with an activity to show students that only a small portion of the Earth can be used as farmland Students are given an activity using a plastic shoe box, sand, and objects to represent landscape objects including boulders and tree roots. to see if the can recreate a landscape to preserve, Water is added to create run off conditions and to demonstrate show how erosion can be prevented.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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