Professional Learning Multimedia Lesson Plans Personal Workspace Site Search ALEXville Learning Activities Home Courses of Study


Sand Silt and Clay

Loading the player ...

Download list:


Dodge Second Graders


Olive J. Dodge Mobile County Public School System


Follow a group of second graders as they learn about soil by examing sand, silt and clay.

Length: 2:35

Aligned to the following ALEX lesson plan:

Digging In For Dirt Day!

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (2)
1. Identify states of matter as solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Describing objects according to physical properties, including hardness, color, and flexibility
  • Describing changes between states of matter
  • Examples:
    solid to liquid—melting,
    gas to liquid—condensing,
    liquid to gas—evaporating,
    liquid to solid—freezing
  • Measuring quantities of solids and liquids
    SC (2)
    4. Describe observable effects of forces, including buoyancy, gravity, and magnetism.
    buoyancy—boat floating on water,
    gravity—apple falling from tree,
    magnetism—magnets adhering to metal
  • Identifying simple machines, including the inclined plane, lever, pulley, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle
    SC (2)
    7. Identify geological features as mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
  • Identifying local landforms and bodies of water
  • Identifying components of soil, including sand, clay, and silt
    SC2015 (2)
    1. Conduct an investigation to describe and classify various substances according to physical properties (e.g., milk being a liquid, not clear in color, assuming shape of its container, mixing with water; mineral oil being a liquid, clear in color, taking shape of its container, floating in water; a brick being a solid, not clear in color, rough in texture, not taking the shape of its container, sinking in water).
    SC2015 (2)
    2. Collect and evaluate data to determine appropriate uses of materials based on their properties (e.g., strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, absorbency).*


    Alabama Virtual Library
    Alabama Virtual Library

    Hosted by Alabama Supercomputer Authority
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    The Malone Family Foundation
    The Malone Family Foundation
    Best of the Web