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March 2003
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Tales from the Underground
Activities related to ground conditions -- hands-on environmental studies.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

http://www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/tales/

CONTENT:
This interactive site from Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry provides information about the ground conditions in various areas of Chicago, useful in solving an environmental "case." Although the site is in support of sales of soil sample kits, there's still quite a bit to learn from going through the activities that are available free online.
AESTHETICS:
The dark background and text color work very well together. A Java enabled browser is needed to view the interactive map.
ORGANIZATION:
Navigation is simple via a left side menu. Individual sections have their own embedded links for movement within the area.
REVIEW:
Tales from the Underground is a collaborative online project completed by students in Chicago. Students from different areas took soil samples and tested them for nitrogen, pH, and phosphorous -- key elements in determining the health of the soil. The results were entered into an interactive map that can be viewed online and the findings applied to the world around them. There are three interactive activities specifically for grades 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 that can be used as stand-alone activities. Students will enjoy solving the mystery of the troubled trout or preparing for the invasion of the underground. Included is a list of additional resources for further study. The site is selling soil sample kits, but there is still quite a bit to be learned from engaging in the free online activities.
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