Soil Science Teacher Resources

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It's Just Dirt

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students discover how seed germination varies according to the soil type. In this soil science lesson, students discuss what plants need in order to grow and investigate various types of soil. Students use their senses to describe each...
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Choosing A Career

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Careers in science aren't limited to labs. Pupils learn about different aspects of careers in agriculture through the lens of several scientists. The scientists talk about how the field of soil science is a growing in this important...
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Environmental Biology - Soil Resources

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Begin with the third slide to help earth science learners investigate one of our most valuable natural resources: soil. Straightforward and fact-filled slides define soil, describe its formation and composition, and explore reclamation...
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Soil Type and Management

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars study the basics of soil science. They research and gather data through readings, videos, and performance of laboratory investigations. As a team they generate oral and written recommendations for the amendment of soil.
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Soil Science

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Included in this presentation are illustrations, photographs, text, circle graphs, data charts, and maps that give information about the composition, importance, uses, and geographical types of soil. This resource provides good visual...
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Thinking Like A Soil Scientist

For Teachers 6th Standards
Ready to roll up those sleeves and get your hands dirty? Dirty with soil science content, that is! Overcome those "But it's just dirt" objections with a trip outside to collect soil samples for some in-class analysis. Use the variety of...
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Study Jams! Soil

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Seven superb slides sharpen science students' scoop on soil. In viewing them and reading the accompanying captions, your class will uncover the importance, different types, horizons, and protection of soil. They can then assess their new...
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Does Soil Get Soggy?

For Students 3rd - 4th
Study the properties of soil and water absorption with a science activity. Based on a paragraph with background knowledge on sandy soil, silt, and clay soil, third graders choose which illustration represents a bottle full of sandy soil....
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Getting Down and Dirty With Soil

For Teachers 3rd
There are three types of soil. It's your job to introduce them to your students, and this instructional activity is a good place to start. Students are introduced to the three types of soil then work as groups to make scientific...
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How Much is Dirt Worth?

For Teachers 7th
Dirt is worthless, isn't it? Find out the true value of dirt, and by dirt I mean soil. The class explores what makes soil, the types of soil, and what happens when soil becomes void of its nutrients. There are several great activities,...
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Getting the Dirt on Soils

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students examine soils and the components that make them up. In this hands-on soil science lesson plan, students receive soil samples and must identify the various aspect which make up soil.   
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Soil Science Literacy

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders determine the water absorption qualities of soil and sand. Measuring tools, the scientific method, and library resources will be used to enhance the knowledge of soil and sand properties.
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Soil Science Study

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students complete an activity by looking and gathering data on plants and soils.
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Outdoor Activities/Science: Dig In!

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students get down and dirty with soil science. In this early childhood lesson plan, students develop skill in observation and cause and effect as they conduct experiments with soil samples.
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What is Soil?

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Young scholars examine soil. In this earth science lesson, students define and describe weathering and erosion as it relates to soil. Young scholars compare and contrast potting soil with forest soil and complete a science observation...
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Science in the Garden

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students examine soil from their local environment.  In this garden lesson, students recognize the importance of soil in the garden. Students explore the contents of the local soil.
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Soil Permeability

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discuss how soil permeability is affected by permafrost. In this soil lesson plan, students freeze soil over night, and discuss how the environmental conditions of freezing affect soil and further affect vegetation.
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The Five Main Parts of Soil

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read the book Wiggling Worms at Work to introduce the contents of soil.  In this soil lesson, 2nd graders take soil samples and use a magnifier to find what's in the soil. Students understand that there are three main...
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Beautiful Soil

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover what are the components of soil. They examine how it is formed and it's importance. They engage in garden activities and processes. They hold a handful of garden soil and describe what they see. They take a...
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"Getting the Dirt" on Soil Use in My Community

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
In this soil use activity, students research soil use in their community and record their observation for 5 different locations. A 3x5 chart is provided to record location, soil use, and comments. Students then complete 10 short answer...
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Under Our Feet

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students investigate the forest ecosystem to learn of the living and non-living elements of the soil. In this ecosystem lesson plan, students examine soil for twigs, moss, fungi, leaves, roots and other matter.   Students complete a...
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Digging Into Soils!

For Students 4th - 6th
In this soil analysis instructional activity, students fill out a chart with information about four samples of soil. Students record notes about 5 questions about the soil samples: feel, color, possible origin, and smell. Students draw a...
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Modeling a Soil Profile

For Students 7th - 10th
In this soil profile worksheet, students use a cup to create the layers of soil using clay, sand, gravel and dirt. Students label each component as either A, B, or C horizon and the bedrock. They answer questions about their model.
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Rocks and Soil Changes lesson plan

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars recognize objects around their school made of rocky materials. In this changes in rocks and soil activity, students use a website for a virtual experiment of rocks.  Young scholars group rocks based on their properties....

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