Runoff and Infiltration: Water Infiltration

A sponge and soil have a lot in common. Using a sponge to model a soil sample, a video presentation demonstrates soil terminology. The instructor shows how water moves through soil to model infiltration and percolation.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils recreate the experiment with different materials and document the volume of water with each to reach field capacity
  • Ask learners to record the new vocabulary discussed in the video in a personal glossary
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects a basic understanding of the components of soil
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  • Emphasizes key scientific vocabulary
  • Discusses important issues with too much or too little water on soil
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