The Power of Plants (Erosion)

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The Power of Plants experiment provides a great visual that helps students understand erosion and the value of plants in managing flooding, stream pollution and stormwater runoff.

This activity requires some material preparation if you wish to do it yourself. However, you can also review the worksheet below and/or watch this video to gain the knowledge of...The Power of Plants!

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Print this worksheet and either do the experiment using the suggested materials OR watch us do the experiment in this video.

The picture to the right also shows the difference in the water that was poured over grass (sod), mulch and bare soil.

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This very similar worksheet and activity uses just soil and forks, helping to keep your materials to a minimum. It also has different activities on the worksheet. Part 3 includes an exercise of math and probabilities. Watch this Stormwater Plinko video to do the probability activity!