Soil Formation Teacher Resources
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Weathering and Soil Formation
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, high schoolers 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.
Inside the Solid Earth
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.
What's in Wetland Soil?
Students examine the organic and inorganic components of soil. In this environmental science instructional activity, students identify the factors that influence soil formation. They collect soil samples, conduct tests, and analyze the results.
Soil and Erosion Unit: Section 1
Students 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
How People Have Used Soils: How Soils Have Affected U.S. History
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.
Weathering and Soil Formation
In this science worksheet, middle schoolers examine the topic in order to solidify knowledge covered in the curriculum using puzzles and creative games.
Secrets to Healthy Soils
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.
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.
New! What's Is Soil Made Of?
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.
Glaciers are the star of the show in this Earth science lesson. In it, learners gain an understanding of how glaciers are formed, how they move, and what types of landforms they create. This lesson plan is written in the classic format, and includes some wonderful extension activities and a terrific assessment to be used at the end of the study. Very good!
Landforms of Illinois
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.
Soil, Designer Soil: From Rainforests to the Prairie
Learners explore the role and importance of soil in the ecosystem. In 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.
Soil Type and Management
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.
Mineral Cycling Through the Ecosystem
Students explain the role of different organisms in the food web. In this ecology instructional activity, students participate in a game to simulate mineral cycling through the web. They discuss the importance of recycling minerals and resources.
Detectives in the Landscape
Fourth graders explore landscapes. In this landscape lesson, 4th graders investigate different elements of landscapes. Students design a visual presentation using photographs taken during a nature walk.
Where on Earth?
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.
Layering the Soil
Students explore the soil layers in their local community. For 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.
What is Soil?
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.
Investigation 3 - Weathering
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.