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Learners 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 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.
Sixth graders work in groups to create questions an earthworm might ask about its life.  In this earthworm lesson, 6th graders examine earthworms and their function as soil conservationists. Students become familiar with the scientists that study earthworms.
Students discuss what is found in soil. For this science lesson, students observe the soil outside and write down information in regards to location, vegetation, and topography. Students experiment with the soil and its many properties including the color, texture, and any living organisms within it.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars record their findings on a 'tree thinking map.' Students visit the 'Soil Science Education Page' and add information to the tree maps. Young scholars make a Venn diagram to compare the soils they investigated. Students then write a simile poem about the soil and complete an test.
Students get down and dirty with soil science. In this early childhood lesson plan, students develop skill in observation and cause and effect as they conduct experiments with soil samples.
Students investigate chemicals in soil samples. In this soil science lesson, students test local soil to measure the pH, nitrate, phosphate, and potassium content.
Second graders determine the water absorption qualities of soil and sand. Measuring tools, the scientific method, and library resources will be used to enhance the knowledge of soil and sand properties.
Students complete an activity by looking and gathering data on plants and soils.
In this soil use worksheet, students research soil use in their community and record their observation for 5 different locations. A 3x5 chart is provided to record location, soil use, and comments. Students then complete 10 short answer questions regarding soil use issues.
In this soil analysis worksheet, students fill out a chart with information about four samples of soil. Students record notes about 5 questions about the soil samples: feel, color, possible origin, and smell. Students draw a picture of the soil seen through a magnifying glass.
In this soils worksheet, students identify how they use soils every day. Students answer 15 short essay questions about uses of soil.
For this soil study worksheet, students color a cartoon style ant. Students also read and color the sentence: Soil is nearly half air and water!
In this soil coloring worksheet, learners color a picture of a cartoon style worm. Students color the words "Soil is under all our feet ... You just have to look!"
Seven superb slides sharpen science students' scoop on soil. In viewing them and reading the accompanying captions, your class will uncover the importance, different types, horizons, and protection of soil. They can then assess their new knowledge with the provided Test Yourself interactive quiz. This makes a terrific homework assignment after your initial introduction to soil science.
Students study the basic elements of the Earth's crust: rocks, soils and minerals. They categorize rocks, soils and minerals and how they are literally the foundation for our civilization. They also explore how engineers use rock soils for many different purposes.
Fourth graders make predictions, observe, collect and record data. They investigate several soil and worm websites. Finally, 4th graders write a letter to The President which defends earthworms by explaining their value to the United States.
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.
Second graders discuss the previously created worm compost and the importance of living creatures to the Environment.  For this worm lesson, 2nd graders observe worms and record their sensitivity to light. Students design a petri dish environment with a dark and light side. Students record their observations and share their results.
Students perform a series of experiments which show that plants require nutrients in certain quantities. They also cooperatively read materials on the nutrient requirements of plants, fertilizers, composting, and soil management, and students identify plant nutrient deficiencies using a specialized key. Students apply their knowledge to vote on mock ballot propositions that relate to agricultural and urban water issues.

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