Modeling Science Practices
  • Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
  • Skill: Modeling Science Practices
  • Time: 20 Minutes

Exploring Soil Ecology

Use STEM practices to investigate what different soil samples are comprised of. Learn how different types of soil are used in different ways.

In this activity, you will discover what soil actually contains:



  • This activity helps students to begin to understand the mineral constituents of soil, sand, silt, clay as well as organic matter. Adding water to soil in a jar and observing settlement after shaking teaches how different soils possess differing proportions of these ‘ingredients’.



  • 2 clean jar
  • stirring stick
  • Testing soil