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Permeability, Porosity and Soil Moisture—Student Laboratory Kit

In the Permeability, Porosity and Soil Moisture Laboratory Kit for environmental science, determine the permeability and porosity of soil by measuring how easily air and water move through soil.

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Often thought of as “just dirt,” soil is actually a complex mixture of inorganic minerals, organic matter, air and water. The size of the particles in soil affects not only how much air is present but also the ability of soil to hold water. In this kit, students determine the permeability and porosity of soil by measuring how easily air and water move through soil, and the volume of air and water the soil will hold respectively. The moisture content, permeability rate and porosity of local soil samples may be tested and compared to that of sand. Includes detailed instructions, background information and teacher notes.

Soil samples may need to be collected locally.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
HS-ESS2.E: Biogeology

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
HS-LS2-1. Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
HS-ESS2-7. Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.