ERIC Number: ED388519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
The Living Soil: Exploring Inner Space. Unit II.
Weber, Eldon C.
This instructional packet deals with biology, soil ecology, and specific farming practices that promote sustainable agriculture. It focuses on different types of life in the soil, the interactions that occur, and how proper tillage and nutrient management can enhance and develop beneficial soil life. The instructional materials are designed to make the important link between science and agriculture and to provide hands-on experiences that enable students to understand how the science-based subject matter included affects agriculture. Self-contained background information, activities, and visual masters are included. The individual instructional exercises can be used independently by both agriculture and science teachers or can be effectively team-taught. Unit topics include: exploring the underground community soil life, the foundation of soil health and food production, investigating the role and importance of fungi in the soil, recognizing the importance of bacteria in recycling of soil nutrients, understanding the role of more complex soil organisms, and application of the relationship between soil organisms, soil health, and plant growth. (JRH)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Biology, Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Environmental Education, Hands on Science, Natural Resources, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Secondary Education, Soil Conservation, Soil Science
Agricultural Education Materials Services (AEMS), Agricultural Education and Studies Department, Iowa State University, 217 Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011 ($49 plus shipping, negotiable price when ordering 5 or more; videocassett available only through AEMS).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Iowa State Univ., Ames. Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.; Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Board, Des Moines, IA.; Iowa Association of Soil and Water Conservation District, Ames.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ., Ames. Agricultural Education and Studies Unit.
Note: For unit I, see SE 056 709.