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How Soil Is Formed—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AB1141

Price: $63.05

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In the How Soil is Formed Laboratory Kit for environmental science, perform a series of hands-on experiments to gain an understanding of the processes of rock and soil formation. Provides a realistic analysis of contaminated soil.

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Soil is the bridge between the living and non-living world. Introduce students to how soil is formed. Students will perform a series of hands-on experiments to gain an understanding of the chemical, physical and organic processes involved in rock and soil formation. Students will investigate the results of erosion, glacial changes, ice expansion, chemical processes and much more.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Calcium sulfate, 500 g
Sand, 500 g
Sodium bicarbonate, lab grade, 350 g
White vinegar, 50 mL
Bean-red, seeds, 4 oz, Pkg/250
Bottles, French square, 15 mL, 2
Dishes, aluminum, disposable, 50 mL, Pkg/100
Magnifiers, plastic, dual lens, 15
Pipets, Beral-type, graduated, 30
Polystyrene trays, 9-1/4" x 7-1/4" x 1/2", 15
Teaspoons, plastic, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
MS-ESS3.A: Natural Resources
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-ESS3.A: Natural Resources

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-PS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.
HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.