Soil, Plants, and the Energy Cycle

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/soil-plants-and-energy-cycle
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Publication Date:2010
Summary:Soils are critical for many aspects of our daily life. They provide food such as grains, vegetables, and animal feed. They provide fiber for clothing, as in cotton, flax-linen, and hemp. And they provide shelter materials like wood and brick. But did you realize that soils also are an important part of the energy cycle? Soils sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from energy used by plants. Plant materials — such as residues, oils, and grains — grown from soil can be used to produce ethanol or biodiesel for energy. Using the supplementary excel spreadsheet, complete the activity and discuss aspects of biomass and fuel.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: biofuel; energy; natural resources; soils
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