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A two hour hands-on science workshop that will introduce you to 14 hands-on labs and activities selected specifically to present Utah Standards 3.2 and 3.3 to your students.

Teachers will receive a $25 gift card for attending.

Soils • Utah Standards 3.2 – 3.3

Hands-on Professional Development For 4th Grade Teachers

The Offering

  • Grade – 4
  • Topic – Soils
  • Standards – 3.2 3.3

A two hour hands-on science workshop that will introduce you to 14 hands-on labs and activities selected specifically to present Utah Standards 3.2 and 3.3 to your students.

Workshop Specifics

  • Host: Sara Mcaffee Provo School District
  • Fee: $ 95./teacher
  • Date: January 14, 2020
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Location: Grandview Learning Center, 1591 North Jordan Avenue Provo, Utah
  • Instructor: Bryce Hixson
  • Questions? Call 801-568-9596
  • To Register for the Workshop Click HERE for a Google Doc

4th Grade Science Soils

Workshop Objectives

This is a hands-on workshop that uses Utah rocks and soils to teach the standards for 4th grade geology. By the end of the workshop teachers will be able to:

Objective 2:

  1. Identify the processes of physical weathering that break down rocks at Earth’s surface.
  2. Distinguish between weathering and erosion.
  3. Model erosion of Earth materials and collection of these materials as part of the process that leads to soil.
  4. Investigate layers of soil in the local area and predict the sources of the sand and rocks in the soil.

Objective 3:

  1. Observe and list the components of soil and distinguish between the living, nonliving, and once living components of soil.
  2. Diagram or model a soil profile showing topsoil, subsoil, and bedrock, and how the layers differ in composition.
  3. Relate the components of soils to the growth of plants in soil.
  4. Explain how plants may help control the erosion of soil.
  5. Research and investigate ways to provide mineral nutrients for plants to grow without soil.

Time Requirement 120 Minutes

Resources Provided

  • Lab Guide Each teacher will receive an 96-page lab guide that outlines the 14 activities presented during the training. Each lab has teacher background and prep pages, reproducible student directions and assessment sheets. The guide also contains a Table of Contents that matches the state core objectives with the lab activities, Science Safety, Lab Procedure, Vocabulary and a Materials Source Guide.
  • Hand-on Materials Each teacher will receive and keep their own participant’s kit. The kit contains all of the materials needed to participate in the workshop and complete each of the activities. Play and then take it home with you.

Standards & Curriculum Outline

Objective 2 • Creation & Movement of Soil

  • Weathering
    • Lab: Tumbling Rocks
    • Lab: Freeze, Thaw, Repeat
  • Erosion
    • Demo: Fan Blasted Dunes
    • Project: Erosion Boxes
    • Lab: Glacial Sculpting
    • Lab: Worm Composter
  • Rocks to Sediment
    • Lab: Matching Soils & Sources
    • Art: Utah Soil Map

Objective 3 • Soil Component & Value

  • Components of Soil
    • Lab: Living vs. Non-Living
    • Soil Profiles
    • Lab: Topsoil to Bedrock
  • Soils and Plant Growth
    • Lab: Wrinkly Crinkly Plants
    • Lab: Nutrient Highway
  • Plants and Control of Soil Erosion
    • Demo: Regulating Water Flow with Plants
  • Hydroponics
    • Project: Pumice Gardens

Fees & Options

  • Just the Workshop Please $95
    • Each teacher will receive two hours of hands-on in-struction, a lab guide and a set of hands-on materials to use and keep.
  • Classroom Kit & Workshop $165
    • Ideal for a single classroom with 30 students.
  • School Kit & Workshop $325
    • Ideal for a school science closet or as a resource kit available to be checked out from the district for an instructional unit. Can be used four (4) times before the consumable items need to be refilled. Perfect for school science special-ists or lead
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