Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 18: Soil Erosion and Runoff
Soil erosion is the process of soil particles being carried off by water or wind and deposited somewhere else such as into a stream or river. A common cause of erosion is runoff, or water that does not soak into the ground when it rains. Runoff flows over the ground and runs into another area, such as a stream or a storm drain. Runoff can wash fertilizer, trash, and other pollutants into streams and rivers along with soil. Erosion also removes nutrients from the soil, making it more difficult for plants to grow. Reducing erosion and runoff can make a significant difference in controlling local water pollution and protecting our soil and water supply.
While some degree of ...