Monday, May 17, 2010

Basic soil physics lesson plan up and running

Hey guys,
I'd like share a lesson plan with you that I wrote for school-aged kids.  I don't see a way to post a PDF on blogspot, so I put it up here instead.  It is about one of my favorite soil topics- soil porosity and water storage!  After you read it, you can consider yourself better versed in basic soil physics!

Thoughts on the lesson plan? I'm thinking of writing up more, in hopes that I can put them to use in "real life" one day.

UPDATE!  This USGS link is awesome and also teaches us about capillary action.


  1. I like the lesson plan! You have made it immediately usable by adding the fill-ins and charts and all. That's what you'd want in a lesson plan- everything ready to go!!

  2. Wow! I like the lesson plan too.

    How long are your pracs? Ours are only 3 hours, and we would probably do 1/2 to a 1/3 of what you are planning to teach in that time. Maths and physics especially hurt our students brains.

    Otherwise I think it is a good experimentation for the students, and a lecturer here does something similar.

    We also do pracs with Disk Well Permeameters. Do you have one?