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Learning objects Soil types [no spoken instructions]

TLF ID L189

Build sandcastles from three different soil types: sand, loam and clay. Compare results when adding water or compacting soil. Explore soil properties of density and stickiness.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the effects of compaction and water content on the properties of a range of soils.
  • Students explore soil properties such as grain size and aggregation.
Educational value
  • Introduces characteristics of three different soil types: sand, loam and clay.
  • Enables students to compare soil types by building sandcastles with dry then wet soil.
  • Provides correct and incorrect feedback based on the student's soil choices.
  • Offers the ability to print out the finished sandcastle design.
Year level

F; 1; 2

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Earth
    • Science/Geology
    • Science/Simple experiments
    • Science/Physical change
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Subject matter expert
    • Subject matter expert
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.