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Soil Trivia


  • set of cards with a question on each card (about 40), with answers
  • three game pieces
  • one dice
  • a generic game board

Instructions - Read before starting game

  1. Each student rolls the dice. The student with the highest number will be the reader of the questions, but does not play
  2. The others in the group pick a marker, place it on start and roll to see who goes first. High number goes first.
  3. Each question must be answered correctly to move the number of spaces rolled.
  4. Each student answers only one question on their turn.
  5. When finished, leave everything as you found it.

Questions Used for the Game

  • What is a compost? an area where we put grass clippings create soil fertilizer
  • True or False: Sand is the fine soft grain particles in soil. False
  • True or False: Water and wind can carry away our soil. True
  • Give an example of people-caused erosion. under swings, on playground, bike paths, path caused by animals, accept anything similar to these answers
  • What happens to the earthworm when it rains? it comes up for air
  • Is soil the same everywhere? no
  • True or False: Gully erosion is the most dramatic form of soil erosion. True
  • Can all the soil on the earth be used for food production? no
  • What type of erosion can get in the way of using farm equipment? gully erosion
  • True or False: All soil is brown. False
  • True or False: Sheet erosion is very noticeable. False
  • True or False: Gully erosion occurs on a steep slope. True
  • How can we tell if clay is in the soil? it packs together well and stays together
  • True or False: We can see the effects of sheet erosion better than the effects of rill erosion. False
  • True or False: Gully erosion is a severe problem on flat land. False
  • What do we need to do to the soil? protect and conserve, or plant on, accept either of these or anything similar
  • What did we say could be compared to a bomb? a raindrop
  • What is missing from "clean" sand? humus
  • True or False: The result of sheet erosion is small channels. False
  • Where is wind erosion of greatest concern? prairies, areas with little or no vegetation, Texas, accept any of these
  • What are the three types of soil erosion caused by water? sheet, rill, gully
  • What kind of soil is most likely to be taken first during the soil erosion process? the top soil, the most fertile soil, the good soil, accept any of these
  • What is soil erosion? a force that takes away or disrupts the soil, accept anything similar to this
  • True or False: Silt is fine; it feels soft. True
  • What goes in when the sun shines, but goes out when there's rain? Look for it on a clear day and you look in vain. the earthworm
  • Name two particles that you can find in humus. leaves, twigs, roots, wood chips, dead bugs, accept any of these
  • Do earthworms breathe air? yes
  • Where can we find soil? everywhere
  • Where do you find "clean" sand? the beach
  • How can we prevent wind erosion? plant grass, windbreaks, accept anything similar to these
  • Name three things that you might find in soil. sand, silt, humus, clay, pebbles, accept any of these
  • Soil erosion can do what to the price of food. increase it
  • True or False: Wind causes more erosion in dry areas. True
  • What particle in soil does not stick together well and has large grains? sand
  • Soil erosion can be reduced by doing what? planting grass, planting trees, windbreaks, vegetation. accept any of these
  • True or False: Wind erosion occurs in areas of high prevailing wind speeds and low annual rainfall. True
  • Is wind erosion worse in forests or prairies? prairies
  • What is land slippage? soaked soil that moves down slopes because of gravity; mud slides, land slides, similar to an avalanche