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In this composition of soil worksheet, 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.
Learners 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.
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.
Students explore the role and importance of soil in the ecosystem.  For this Science and Social Studies lesson, 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.
Learners examine soil. In this soil composition lesson students participate in soil sedimentation and filtration activities. The learners discuss what non-living and living things are in soil and why it is so important.
Students investigate the Earth's crust. For this geology lesson, students identify the materials made up of the Earth's crust and investigate the different kinds of soil.
Students create soil profiles, including rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus, in clear plastic cups out of edible materials.
Students explore decomposition and soil health by creating their own garden.  For 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.
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.
In this ecological succession worksheet, students answer questions about the process of succession in four ponds given diagrams and descriptions.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a selection about dirt and soil characteristics. They answer 10 matching questions and 5 multiple choice questions based on the information given in the non-fiction article.
Pupils discover the benefits of composting. They identify the steps of decomposition as well. They are read a book and discuss what items decompose.
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.
First graders identify different properties of soil through exploration, tell which kind of soil is best for plant growth and list supporting reasons. They document what they learned in a Science Notebook with diagrams, labels, sentences, and thinking maps.
Students examine the components of ecosystems. They compare and contrast an ecosystem to an aquatic ecosystem. They examine a local ecosystem and discuss its components.
Students investigate the concept of soil and all its components. They collect samples from a local site and transplant it into a terrarium. Students identify the organic elements, clay ,silt, and other forms of debris. They also identify how much water the soil can hold.
For this soil formation worksheet, students will review examples of chemical weathering and biological weathering. Students will also review the different soil layers and how they are created. This worksheet has 6 matching, 5 multiple choice, 4 true or false, and 3 short answer questions.
Students fill in their notebooks comparing different kinds of soils. In this soils lesson plan, students study different soils under a microscope and plant seeds in different soils to compare them.

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