Students take many components found in all kinds of soil and make their own soil. They plant a few kernels of popcorn to see if their soil can support life.
- tin pans w/holes in the bottom, a variety of soil components popcorn
- water, containers for components, labels, waterproof markers
- Students are lined up and told to use any thing on the table to create a soil of their own. The Education Coordinator will prompt students to think about what they found in other activities that made up soil and what do they think will make a good soil.
- Students choose from pebbles to soil additives, such as perlite, to create a soil.
- After they have gone through the line and chosen what they want to use a Docent, teacher, or parent will help them mix it up with some water.
- Then they will plant a couple of popcorn kernels in their soil and told that if the soil can support life then the popcorn will sprout in a few days.
Alabama Course of Study for Science
This activity meets goals specified for grades:
- K–#âs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 17
- 1st–#âs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- 2nd–#âs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- 3rd–#âs 1, 2, 3, 4, 40
- 4th–#âs 1, 2, 3, 4
- 5th–#âs 1, 2, 3, 4
Students will recognize that it takes a mixture of soil components to make a good soil that will support life.
Students will be able to:
- identify a variety of soil components.
- recognize the necessity of a variety of components to make a good soil.
- demonstrate what components are necessary to create a good soil.