Reporting Category: Earth and Space Science Standard: 5 - Recognize and discuss the different properties of soil, including color, texture (size of particles), the ability to retain water, and the ability to support the growth of plants.
Alicia lives near the beach. She wants to plant a vegetable garden, but she knows vegetables will be difficult to grow in the sandy soil in her backyard.
Describe two properties of sandy soil that make growing vegetables difficult.
Describe one thing Alicia could add to the soil to make it better for growing vegetables. Explain the reasoning for your answer.
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The response demonstrates a thorough understanding of the different properties of soil. The response clearly describes two properties of sandy soil that make growing vegetables difficult and clearly describes and explains one thing that could be added to sandy soil to make it better for growing vegetables.