Sunday, September 22, 2013

Think like a Scientist and EARN A REWARD
Study your Soil - It's Not Just Dirt!

Did you know that there are many types of soil in the United States?   For example, soil in Alabama has a red color and is similar to clay while soil in Texas is much darker in color and has a different texture.

Do some soil research and EARN A REWARD!

  1. Click on the link below to see a map of soil types in the United States.  Different types of soil are identified with colors and the key to the map is shown on the far left side.   Study the map and write down three types of soil that are found in your stateLink to Map of Soil Types in United States
  2. Go outside and dig into the ground approximately six inches deep.  Get a spoonful of soil and examine it.  Look at it, work it in your hands, and smell it.  Write down at least three observations about the soil.  Describe the color.  Is it sandy, or more like clay?  Does it contain other rocks, or materials.
  3. Think like a scientist and answer these questions about soil – it’s okay to guess!
a.       Where does soil come from?
b.      Why is soil in Alabama different from soil in Texas?
c.       What important jobs (list at least two) does soil perform?

Write down your answers on paper and present to Mrs D (or email to by Friday, 27 September to EARN A REWARD!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Science Club Is Coming !

Click on the play button in the fun video below - Science Club is coming to Rapoport North!