What’s Soil Got to Do with It?

Educational activity for kids about soils and gardening.  Available at: bit.ly/KmcuHd

In this activity, learners will test soils to demonstrate how soil texture affects percolation rates and will “become” soil particles to experience soil types in an imaginary flower pot. Through experiment and discussion, they will understand how certain characteristics of wetlands (e.g. storing surface water, recharging ground water) are affected by soil type. Part #4 can be done prior to Parts 1 and 2 if the leader believes it will help learners understand how soil texture affects percolation rates.

By participating in this activity, Learners will be able to:
Name three general kinds of soil: sand, silt, clay,
Understand how percolation rates differ with soil type,and
Name two characteristics of wetland soils.

What’s Soil Got to Do with It? is an activity from Oregon State University 4-H/Youth Department.



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