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Middle schoolers use sight, touch and chemical test kits to evaluate and classify soil types. They determine the organic content, soil pH, conduct visual analysis and nutrient tests of a variety of soil samples from various sources.
In this soil activity, students complete 2 pages about the importance of soil in plant growth. Students read about red worms and answer 2 questions about composting. Students fill out a chart with their observations of plants planted in plain soil and compost enhanced soil.
Students discuss some the different types of soil in Oklahoma. They identify the soil types and explore the characteristics of each type of soil. In groups, students perform hands-on activities such as taking soil samples, classifying soil, and computing the percent of sand, silt, loam or clay in the samples.
Students write about the importance of trees. In this natural resources instructional activity, students look at deforestation occurring across the globe and present what they learned to the class. As closure, all students write a poem about the importance of trees.
Learners investigate botany by creating a soil separating device.  In this plant life lesson, students identify the needs of plants and how important the right soil is in the growing process.  Learners define different soil types and create a soil separator in their classroom using hammers, plywood and soil samples.
Students dig soil pits in order to observe soil features and the factors of soil formation and soil forming process. Students also examine the relationships among different soils in a series of soil pits.
Students are introduced to the Munsell System of Color Notation that is used for direct comparison of soils anywhere in the world. They become familiar with hue, value and chroma notations, identify colors that act as clues to the mineral content of soil and consider the uses of this system of classification.
Pupils predict which types of soils would work best for keeping contaminants contained. They comprehend that in the past, landfills have been one major source of groundwater contamination. Pupils comprehend that placing and building landfills that prevent leachate, from leaving the landfill and entering either surface or groundwater supplies.
Students review concepts and ideas previously explored. They are reminded of what resources are, the types of resources which exist, and what role they can potentially have in international affairs.
Fourth and fifth graders explore soil by taking a simulated field trip under the earth. They go to an Internet site that runs a simulation which charges them with finding a source of pollution that could destroy all of Earth's soil, and neutralizing it. This innovative, educationally rich, and exciting lesson should pique your learners' interest and have them buzzing with excitement. What a great way to teach about soil and geology!
Students investigate the use of soil, an important natural resource in artwork. They experiment by crushing soil particles and adding the different color samples to artist acrylic to create true "earth colors". Using this paint, they create a piece of art.
Your class can view a slide show including photographs of various human, natural, and capital resources found in the United States. They work in groups to sort pictures into 3 categories, and then complete a related Venn diagram.
Students develop critical thinking and awareness about the complexity of natural resource use, wealth distribution, population densities, poverty, and the environment. They think about people living in different parts of the world and about the varying effects of population vs. consumption in rich and poor countries.
Through a PowerPoint presentation and the embedded animation and video, earth science enthusiasts find out about the moisture in the soil beneath our feet. In the animation, follow a water molecule on its path through the water cycle. As part of the lesson, learners gather into groups to use thermometers and moisture meters to take measurements. Make sure to check out the publisher's lessons on water in the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere as well!
Bingo isn't just a silly game, it's a great way to practice all types of skills. After reviewing that the earth is composed of natural resources, what those natural resources are, and sustainability, the class plays a game of bingo. The game focuses on categorizing and identifying various objects to determine what type of natural resource they are. The wrap-up discussion prompts could easily be used as writing prompts instead.
Students study the different soil types and describe the different soils in various environments.  In this soil lesson plan students walk to a reserve and discuss what they saw. 
Fourth graders explore the environment by experimenting with candy. In this soil layer lesson, 4th graders examine and describe the three layers of soil and factors that can degrade their quality. Students utilize cocoa puffs, marshmallows, M&M's and gummy worms to create a model of Earth's soil which they explain on a worksheet after.
Students are introduced to the water cycle and water movement in soil. In this water cycle lesson, students explore how water moves through the water cycle and discuss water sources, natural reservoirs, soil infiltration rates and contaminantion. Through a teacher demonstration students observe the water infiltration rate of two different types of soil.
Learners discuss soil understanding that is is often overlooked as a natural resource. In this science lesson, students recognize that we depend on it for energy in the form of foods. Learners experiment with six boxes of soil to help in comparing the rates and amounts of erosion.
Students collect weed seeds from three varieties of weeds (knapweed, thistle, or toadflax, for example they may choose others in addition to the spotted knapweed.) They sterilize soil for thirty containers, plant seeds in sterile soil, and mix vinegar with distilled water and label the container (25 mL vinegar and add distilled water to the 1,000 mL mark so the total volume equals 1,000 mL or 1 L).