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In this composition of soil activity, students study the make-up of soil by identifying the amount of air in the soil, the amount of water in the soil, the size of the mineral grains in the soil and the proportion of humus in the soil. Students follow directions to determine the amount of each component of the soil and answer 2 analysis questions.
The different types of soil are the focus of this science activity. Students gather clues about soil samples by viewing a PowerPoint presentation and using an Intel microscope. Learners view three different types of soil in bags, and make a prediction as to what type it is. Then, after they view the PowerPoint and utilize the microscope, they can change or confirm their initial predictions. Very good activity!
If you are looking for how to introduce elementary environmentalists to the process of composting, here is a comprehensive outline for making it happen. The plan is to set this up at the beginning of a school year in order to observe the complete decomposition process, from food and leaves, to humus. 
Students examine soil. In this soil composition lesson students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The students discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
Students create soil profiles, including rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus, in clear plastic cups out of edible materials.
Students observe and complete activities to learn about soil texture. In this soil lesson, students brainstorm about types of soil and use microscopes to study types of soil. Students record their findings on a 'tree thinking map.' Students visit the 'Soil Science Education Page' and add information to the tree maps. Students make a Venn diagram to compare the soils they investigated. Students then write a simile poem about the soil and complete an test.
Students explore the layers of soil. In this soil lesson, students investigate the different layers of soil. Students use cookies, crackers, and pudding to create an edible model of the soil layers.
Pupils complete experiments in which they test the amount of humus in soil samples. They record their data and discuss the results. They write a story about soils to end the instructional activity.
Which ones can be thrown on the ground? Discover the difference between natural litter and unhealthy trash, helping scholars by using several examples. Use the information here to give them a basic background, but also encourage prior knowledge. Auntie Litter delves even deeper into the topic in a 15-minute podcast video in which the Pollution Patrol learns about the importance of plants to our survival. Incorporate reading, math, social studies, art, science, and even cooking using one or all of the extension activities described here. Consider also challenging kids to create an Auntie Litter video or skit of their own! 
Have your young biologists visit decomposition stations as they explore the process of organic material. This activity involves some set-up as kids will be visiting 13 desks to collect colored paper each representing a different element of the natural cycle. They roll dice to determine which station they visit next, ideally visiting all 13 by the end of the exercise. Although there aren't many details here, it seems learners discuss the cycle transitions and the importance of balance between nitrogen and carbon-rich nutrients. This may be a good starting point for a sustainable garden project.
In this soil instructional activity, students fill in 12 blanks with terms related to the composition of the layers in soil, the production of the layers of the soil, leaching, and the soil profile.
In this soil instructional activity, students fill in 12 blanks with terms related to the soil profile, the layers of the soil, the effects of leaching on soil and the composition of soil.
Students investigate the forest ecosystem to learn of the living and non-living elements of the soil. In this ecosystem lesson, students examine soil for twigs, moss, fungi, leaves, roots and other matter.   Students complete a worksheet. Students discuss and recognize decomposition of objects in the soil.
Young scholars explore the role and importance of soil in the ecosystem.  In this Science and Social Studies instructional activity, students complete an experiment using various kinds of soil and clay and then examine how soil has a direct impact on our environment and society.
Students investigate the Earth's crust. In this geology instructional activity, students identify the materials made up of the Earth's crust and investigate the different kinds of soil.
Students explore decomposition and soil health by creating their own garden.  In this agriculture lesson, students build a "lasagna garden" with organic matter found in the area and plant perennials native to their region.  Students are given the responsibility of watering, mulching, and maintaining paths through the garden. 
Fourth graders describe the various kinds of soils and how plants and animals are affected by them. They describe the baic needs of plants, scoring at least a 3 or 4 on a 4-point rubic. Students are able to predict and/or infer what environmental factors must be present for organisms to survive and reproduce, scoring at least 3 on a 4- point rubic.
Fifth graders examine how sand and rock fragments in soil are products of erosion or the weathering of rocks. They listen to the book "Sand" by Ellen J. Prager and answer discussion questions. Next, they analyze sand samples and sort the sand grains into groups based on a variety of characteristics.
Students explore how water has the power to erode, how developing the land (building roads, buildings and parking lots) increases the amount of water reaching our rivers, and how this greater quantity of water increases erosion. They define erosion and explain why erosion has increased in the river.
In this ecosystems worksheet, students use illustrations and descriptions of four ponds to determine the order of succession. Students complete 8 fill in the blank questions and 5 short answer questions.

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