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  • In this activity, students gather soil samples from their homes to view how soils differ from location to location.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • observe similarities and differences among soil samples
    • offer simple explanations about why the soil samples are different
    • use online resources to view soil profiles and a New Zealand soil map.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student handout.

    Nature of Science

    Science knowledge is based on and derived from observations of the world around us. Observation can be as simple as using our eyes to view soil samples. Soil scientists use instruments to accurately identify and measure soil differences.

    Related content

    Before you start this activity, read the articles What is in soil? and Soils are all different either with the class or for your own background knowledge.

    Find out more about soil naming systems in the article Soil names.

    Soils are not uniform – they vary from region to region and often from paddock to paddock! Learn more about soil properties and the land uses for which they are best suited.

      Published 30 June 2015 Referencing Hub articles
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