ERIC Number: ED049929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
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Unit The World of the Soil, First Trial Materials, Inspection Set, [Australian Science Education Project].
Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
The Australian Science Education project is producing materials designed for use in grades 7 - 10 of Australian schools. This is the first trial version of a unit expected to take about 20 40-minute periods to complete. Included are a teacher's guide to the unit, four pupil booklets ("Looking at Soils,""Things to do With Soils,""What is it Called?" and "What Have You Found Out?"), a record book, and seven worksheets to guide students through the basic portions of the unit. Other activities are unstructured and open-ended. In the basic parts of the unit physical and biological components of soil are examined, with keys provided to help identify organisms and soil types; the use of soil in engineering, pottery, agriculture, and gardening are investigated; the causes and prevention of erosion studied; and the origin of soil described. Additional activities include soil painting, making soil profile models, investigating soil microorganisms, studying earthworm behavior, extracting drinking water from soil, studying quicksand, fertilizers and compost. The evaluation booklet is designed as a learning activity, with comments on acceptable and unacceptable answers on a separate answer sheet. (AL)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Discovery Learning, Environmental Education, Instructional Materials, Science Activities, Secondary School Science, Soil Science, Units of Study
Australian Science Education Project, 11 Glenbervie Rd., Toorak, Victoria, Australia 3142 (Free)
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Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers: Australian Science Education Project