Reflection: Student Feedback Which Soil Holds More Water - Section 4: Evaluate


In looking at the students' recommendation, a majority of the students understood that clay soil held the most water from their experiment. However, a few students thought that top soil held the most water.  This is a misconception for my students because the textbook informed the students that the darker soil held the most water. Therefore, the students wanted to say "soil" due to the evidence from the book. As a result, I talked in depth to the student to clear up this misconception. We discussed the investigation more in depth and I permitted them look at the cup with the clay soil. They noticed that mostly all of the water was resting on top of the soil. It did not filter out like the top soil or sandy soil.  The observation helped my struggling students understand the concept. Then I informed them that clay soil is a thick soil that is great for building homes. Water does not easily absorb in this kind soil, and this soil can be muddy. Sandy soil is great for fixing holes and it filters water well. If someone had a hole in their grass. They can use sandy soil to fill the hole. It is great for growing plants due to the nutrients from the soil.

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Which Soil Holds More Water

Unit 6: Earth's Resources
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: SWBAT predict and measure how much water different soil can hold.

Big Idea: Sort, analyze and compare a variety of soil types.

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Science, soil (Geology), Scientific Method (Science Skills), Science Skills, mineral, Earth Science, soil, Science Process Skills, conservation, resources, rocks, Dinosaurs, compost pile, compost
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