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The Edible Schoolyard Project - Testing Garden Soil (NPK) - 2012-11-06

The Edible Schoolyard Project - Testing Garden Soil (NPK) - 2012-11-06

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Testing Garden Soil (NPK)
Author: RickPublish Date: October 24, 2012Subject:
Science
Season:
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Place of Learning:
Garden Classroom
Resource Type:
Lessons
Grade Level:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8Program Affiliations: The Larchmont Schools' Edible Schoolyard
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In this lesson students will learn how to test their garden soil for nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash (potassium). ObjectivesStudents will be able to:Understand how to read the N-P-K number on a bag of fertilizer.Explain that nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash are important compounds for plant and fruit growth.Demonstrate how to use a home N-P-K test kit.MaterialsSoil sample from garden.Home soil test kits (can be found inexpensively online).Fertilizer samples that have a N-P-K number.PreparationHave examples of fertilizers with N-P-K numbers displayed.Have soil sample ready or have students collect soil samples.Familiraize yourself with your particular soil test kit.ProceduresAt the Opening CircleShow students the N-P-K number on a bag of fertilizer and explain that these numbers stand for the percentages ofnitrogen, phosphorous, and potash.Explain to students the function of N-P-K (nitrogen helps plant foliage, phosphorous helps roots and flowers grow,potash is important for plant health.Show students test kits and explain how to use them.Divide students into three groups, each group will test either nitrogen, phosphorous, or potash.At the work stationsHave students do soil test according to directions of your particular test kit.At the closing circle
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