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Lesson 05 – Experiment: What Is in This Soil?

Read The Experiment

What Is in This Soil?

Try this experiment to find out what is in a sample of soil.

What You Need
What You Do
What You Need

  • A clear jar with straight sides (not too small)
  • Enough soil to fill the jar halfway
  • Water
  • A spoon or stirring stick

What You Do

  1. Add dirt to the jar almost halfway. Notice how the dirt looks.
  2. Slowly add water to the jar until the jar is almost full. Watch for several moments. Do you see any bubbles rising from the dirt?
  3. Stir the water and dirt to mix them together.
  4. Leave the jar for 2 or 3 hours. Do not touch or move the jar.
  5. When the water at the top clears, take a close look at the soil. (Do not move the jar or you might mix up the soil and water again.)

Now Show What You Know!

Complete some questions about the reading selection by clicking “Begin Questions” below.