Unavailability of Water in Saline Soils

Viewers of a short video learn about salt and water molecules and how their characteristics determine how they interact with each other. Then, they watch a simulation of how the interaction limits the uptake of water in plant roots and affects plant growth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce polarity of molecules and chemical bonding by showing the video to pique interest
  • Use as a flipped classroom activity to have class learn about properties of water
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some basic background knowledge of plant needs
Pros

  • Diagrams and visuals support understanding
  • Real-world application for plant growth in varying landscapes
Cons

  • None