Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Soil Formation Teacher Resources
Find teacher approved Soil Formation educational resource ideas and activities
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 and conservation practices. This is most appropriate for high school or college-level geology courses when beginning a unit on soil science.
Students study soil formation by completing a science sampling and observation lesson plan. In this soil formation lesson plan, students gather soil samples from four different locations. Students observe the components of the soil through multiple tests and hypothesize about the components in the soil. Students may then complete 4 different activities to further their understanding of the topic.
In this soil formation learning exercise, students will review examples of chemical weathering and biological weathering. Students will also review the different soil layers and how they are created. This learning exercise has 6 matching, 5 multiple choice, 4 true or false, and 3 short answer questions.
An outline provides information that you can teach your young earth scientists about soil formation and composition. Encourage them to think about what events may affect the makeup of the soil to change. The only component of this lesson that goes beyond lecture and review questions is having learners create a construction paper pie graph of the four soil components. The main value of this plan lies in the outline of notes that may guide your lecture.