Properties of Soil

How do the different types of soil allow water to flow? Scholars compare flocculated and dispersed soils and their ability to move water through the soil. Silt, sand, and clay particles clump together and create large pores in the soil to allow water to flow more easily. They relate this concept to the soil adsorption rate (SAR) and the amount of sodium, magnesium, and calcium in the soil.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a flipped classroom activity to teach about properties of soil
  • Test the concept by creating an investigation about water flow and soil composition
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires background knowledge about soil and agriculture
  • Real-world application keeps the lesson engaging
  • Contains great visuals that aid in understanding
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