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Soil Nutrients, Fertilizers and Environmental Impact

Kit #318S
Soil Nutrients, Fertilizers and Environmental Impact

Students investigate the quality of water that passes through soil. They first test unfertilized soil and fresh water for the presence of nitrates then add fertilizer to the soil and test both the fertilized soil and the runoff water for nitrates. They construct an explanation about how fertilizer use effects water quality and natural habitats. They apply the crosscutting concept of cause and effect to human activity and environmental impacts.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 2 classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 64 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP
  • Requires a water source

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Soil Nutrients, Fertilizers and Environmental Impact

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Scientific Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas
•MS-ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
•MS-ESS2.C The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
Science and Engineering Practices
•Developing and Using Models
•Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
•Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts
•Cause and Effect
•Connections to Science, Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science:
Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
Key Vocabulary: contaminant, evidence, groundwater, indicator, nutrients, runoff,

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 32 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 1 Potting soil, Vial
  • 1 Nitrate testing powder, Vial
  • 2 Fertilizer solution, Bottle
  • 3 Nitrate extraction solution, Bottle
  • 8 Vials labeled “N”
  • 8 Vials labeled “B”
  • 16 AB trays
  • 8 Stir sticks
  • 8 White scoops
  • 8 Filter funnels, SEPUP
  • 8 Filter-paper circles, fine
  • 8 3-mL pipets
  • 8 Nitrogen color charts
  • 8 Cups, 30-ml, graduated
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Safety eyewear, supply of local soil (~100 mL), access to wash basin and rinse water, access to a timer or a clock with a second hand.

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