independent soil investigation project
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection
This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: Jun 6, 2013
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Use of public tools like web soil survey, geologic maps, university library collections
Fundamentals of soil taxonomy
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Students demonstrate ability to describe and interpret soils in terms of key processes.
Students draw upon their unique talents to demonstrate something new and interesting to the class and to the instructor.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Written reports are the final requirement.
Description and Teaching Materials
Please see the slides and supporting material for illustration of field trips and independent project requirements.
Independent project rubric (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 70kB Jun9 13)