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soil lab

Soil Observations and Comparisons

 

Directions:

  1. Empty your soil sample on newspaper on your desk.
  2. Complete the observation table below for SAMPLE A: MINE. As you are doing this, sort out the rocks, living items, and debris in your soil.
  3. Physically switch seats with your partner. Complete the observation table for SAMPLE B. You will need to ask where they got theirs, but DO NOT copy their column. Your perceptions might be different.
  4. Answer the analysis questions found below the table.

 

 

Sample A: Mine

Sample B: _____________

(identify classmate)

Where did it come from?

Ex. Front yard by walk; construction pile; include town and street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color

Be descriptive not just brown! Ex. Reddish brown; coffee with milk

 

 

Texture/ Feel

Silky, grainy, claylike, sandy

 

 

 

 

Smell

Don’t say “like dirt;” be descriptive

 

 

 

 

What non-living things are visible?

         Describe all

         Include a sketch of at least one item

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What living things are visible?

         Describe all

         Include a sketch of at least one item

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis: Answer on back

1.      Write a minimum five sentence paragraph that identifies how your soil sample was similar to your classmates and how it was different. Include WHY you think this might have been.

2.      What did you like best about this activity? WHY?

3.      What did you like least? WHY?

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