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Seventh graders discover the types of weathering and how creatures that live in the soil benefit the soil. They discuss the soil as a valuable resource and explain the importance of its conservation.
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.
High schoolers examine how rocks form and the movement of rocks that form landforms.  In this investigative lesson students complete several activities and take a test. 
Students examine the organic and inorganic components of soil. In this environmental science lesson, students identify the factors that influence soil formation. They collect soil samples, conduct tests, and analyze the results.
Learners investigate descriptive information on North Carolina soil types and how the presence of plants affects soil erosion. They describe the relationship between climate and soil formation, and identify different soil types and how they influence
Students read the activity sheet and brainstorm sources of information to answer the questions. They work in small groups to answer their questions, using a different source for each answer. They write a report with their group. More lessons are included in this mini unit.
Students complete an experiment to learn how healthy soil affects healthy food. In this healthy soil lesson, students work in groups to collect soil from their school. Students observe the soil for life and record the invertebrates they see. Students then make a lamp apparatus for their soil project. Students identify the various creatures from the soil and complete a nutrient test on the soil. Students answer 3 discussion questions.
In this science worksheet, learners examine the topic in order to solidify knowledge covered in the curriculum using puzzles and creative games.
Seventh graders investigate how soil is formed. They analyze types of soil samples, examine soil using a magnifying glass or microscope, complete a chart, conduct a soil and plant experiment, and construct a soil profile.
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second instructional activity of this series on the science of food. Investigate where plants and animals get the minerals they need to live in this two-part exploration of soil. First, learners look carefully at soil samples, recording their observations and identifying the different materials they find. Then, plastic bottles filled with soil and water are shaken up in order to observe how the soil settles in different layers at the bottom. Measure these layers and discuss how soil is composed of a variety of materials. Use this activity to facilitate a better understanding of plant life, or as part of a instructional activity on geological processes.
Fifth and sixth graders are introduced to the primary landforms of Illinois and discover how they were created. Landform cards are made for each pupil. They use the twenty-questions format until they have identified each one. Then, groups of pupils research one of the landforms in the list embedded in the plan, and each student creates the landform in a shoebox. An excellent lesson with enriching activities.
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.
Students 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.
Students explain the role of different organisms in the food web. In this ecology lesson, students participate in a game to simulate mineral cycling through the web. They discuss the importance of recycling minerals and resources.
Tenth graders create maps to a secret location on the school grounds for others to follow, study topographical maps, estimate the size and shape of the Earth, explore various formations of the Earth's topography, and give an oral report on their conclusions.
Students explore the soil layers in their local community. In this earth science lesson, students classify soil samples according to their texture. They explain how to estimate the depth of the active layer with measuring it.
Students examine soil. In this earth science lesson, students define and describe weathering and erosion as it relates to soil. Students compare and contrast potting soil with forest soil and complete a science observation worksheet.
Fourth graders study 4 types of weather processes: wind, running water, plant growth, and freezing water. They explain how the processes of weathering and erosion change and move materials that become soil. They draw diagrams illustrating each of the following types of weathering processes.
Second graders discuss worm composting. In this decomposition lesson, 2nd graders look at the anatomy of the worm and how it eats food. They have their own worm bin and review what foods can and can not be given to the worms for decomposition. 
Fifth graders compare and evaluate the rate of erosion from water and wind on three type of landscape: bare land, land with sparse vegetation, and land covered by dense vegetation.

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