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Curriculum Links: Plants and Soil: A Bond for Life 

In Plants and Soil: A Bond for Life, students have an opportunity to (specific links are shown in bold)

 

Science and Technology - Understanding Life Systems

 

Growth and Changes in Plants

 

Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment

  • 1.1 assess ways in which plants are important to humans and other living things, taking different points of view into consideration and suggest ways in which humans can protect plants... (Station C: A Model Loam and Station D: Incredible Shrinking Plants)

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • 2.1 follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations... (all activities)
  • 2.2 observe and compare the parts of a variety of plants... (Station B: Common Ground)
  • 2.6 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including stem, leaf, root... (all activities)

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • 3.1 describe the basic needs of plants, needs of plants, including air, water, light, warmth, and space (all activities)

 

Science and Technology - Understanding Earth and Space Systems

 

Soils in the Environment

 

Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment

  • 1.1 assess the impact of human action on soils, and suggest ways in which humans can affect soils positively and/or lesson or prevent harmful effects on soil... (Station D: Incredible Shrinking Plants)

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • 2.1 follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations... (all activities)
  • 2.2 investigate the components of soil, the condition of soil...using a variety of soil samples from different local environments, and explain how the different amounts of these components in a soil sample determine how the soil can be used... (all activities)
  • 2.4 investigate the process of composting, and explain some advantages and disadvantages of composting... (Station D: Incredible Shrinking Plants)
  • 2.5 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary including earth materials (clay, sand, silt) and organic matter, in oral and written communications (specifically Station A: The Dirty Truth as well as all activities)
  • 2.6 use a variety of forms to communicate with different audiences and for a variety of purposes (through follow up activities)

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • 3.1 identify and describe the different types of soils... (Station A: The Dirty Truth and Station B: Common Ground)
  • 3.3 describe the interdependence between the living and non-living things that make up soil (all activities) 

 

Language - Writing

 

Word Use and Vocabulary Building

  • introduce new words from their reading into their writing (throughout the half day)

Visual Presentation

  • use visual material to reinforce a message... (throughout the half day)

 

Language - Reading

 

Vocabulary Building

  • understand frequently used specialized terms in different subject areas... (throughout the half day)

 

Language - Oral and Visual Communication

 

Group Skills

  • contribute ideas appropriate to the topic in group discussion and listen to the ideas of others (throughout the half day)

 

Report Comments

Feel free to use these comments when completing reports.

 

  • During the Plants and Soils program at TUSC, *name* examined different soil compositions and characteristics. Based on this *he/she* made generalizations about how these soils are used. *name* also conducted an erosion experiment in order to investigate the nature of erosion and ways of controlling it.