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Students explore the formation of soil and its physical properties when it reacts with water. During 2 lab periods, students investigate weathering of rocks, particle size composition of local soils, and the rate of permeability of different soil samples. They then apply their knowledge to construct a model of a slope that has been cleared for farming and design a plan that modifies the slope to reduce erosion. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups.
|Humus, 11 lb||1||Included|
|Sand, 3 lb||4||Included|
|Clay, 10 cups||1||Included|
|Stream Table Boxes||5||Included|
|Gravel, 5 lb||1||Included|
|Granite Chips, 200 g||1||Included|
|Basalt Chips, 200 g||1||Included|
|Marble Chips, 200 g||1||Included|
|1 M Hydrochloric Acid, 30 mL||5||Included|
|Plastic Metric Rulers||5||Included|
|Plastic Jars with Lids||15||Included|
|Cheesecloth, 5 yd||1||Included|
|Small Measuring Cups||5||Included|
|Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Containers (for soaking rock samples)||3||Needed, Not included|
|Beakers, 500 mL||5||Needed, Not included|
|Large Measuring Cups (greater than 500 mL)||5||Needed, Not included|
|Funnels||5||Needed, Not included|
|Scissors||5||Needed, Not included|
|Laboratory Aprons||5||Needed, Not included|
|Latex or Rubber Gloves||5||Needed, Not included|
|Safety Goggles||5||Needed, Not included|
|Timers||5||Needed, Not included|
|Large Spoons or Scoops||5||Needed, Not included|
|Balance (accurate to 0.01 g)||1||Needed, Not included|
|Locally Collected Soil Samples (about 10 cups)||Needed, Not included|
|Access to Water||Needed, Not included|
|Paper Towels||Needed, Not included|
|Newspaper||Needed, Not included|
|White Paper||Needed, Not included|
|Graphing Paper||Needed, Not included|
|Dish Detergent||Needed, Not included|
|Soil Disposal Container||Needed, Not included|
Inquiries in Science® is our exclusive series of hands-on kits specifically designed to help high school students understand abstract, hard-to-grasp science concepts. The series tracks well with most textbooks, and kit topics reflect state science standards and extensive educator input. Since Inquiries in Science® is modular, you can use the kits individually, as a strand, or as a series to teach biology, chemistry, and environmental science.
Field-tested in classrooms nationwide, Inquiries in Science® employs guided inquiry based on the 5E learning cycle of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. This inquiry-based approach also promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) practices. It enables students to:
Inquiries in Science® helps students build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and encourages creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. It creates an environment in which you and your students work together as active learners.
Disciplines and topics addressed by the kits were organized and selected based on data from numerous sources, including the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards, AAAS's Project 2061 Science Benchmarks, NAEP's Science Framework, and state science education standards from across the US. In addition, the Inquiries in Science® content and activities reflect the science practices and engineering practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts outlined by the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education (2011) and the Next Generation Science Standards (2013).