Soil Activity Page
WebQuest for Grades 9 - 12, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University
 

 

Name:______________________

 


Directions: Complete each question as appropriate.

 

 


1. Identify the four essential elements of soil and what percent each makes of soil.


 

  Name Percent
1.    
2.    
3.    

4.

 

 

 


2. Summarize in a short sentence how each of the four components helps soil quality.

 


1. Water- _____________________________________________________

 


2. Air- ________________________________________________________

 


3. Mineral Matter-________________________________________________

 


4. Organic Matter-________________________________________________

 

 


3. List and describe the two types of Mineral Nutrients and provide three examples of each.


 

Name and Description Example
1. 1.
  2.
  3.
2.  
   
     a. 1.
  2.
  3.
     b. 1.
  2.
  3.



4. Illustrate the layers of soil and label each section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










5. Predict the type of each sample by feeling the soil, note characteristics of the soil sample.

 


Sample #1: ____________________ #1 Characteristics: ___________________

 


Sample #2: ____________________ #2 Characteristics: ___________________

 


Sample #3: ____________________ #3 Characteristics: ___________________

 

 


6. Explain the characteristics of each type of soil and its effects.

 


1. ____________________________

2. ____________________________

3. ____________________________

 

 


7. What is the best type of soil for crop cultivation? __________________________

 



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