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What's Is Soil Made Of?

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty in the second lesson 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,...
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Soil: A Natural Resource

For Teachers 4th - 6th
This presentation on soil shows how it is formed, what the different types of soil are, how soil is eroded, and how soil can be conserved. Fantastic photos and excellent graphics and text are found in each of the slides. The last slide...
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Painting With Soil

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
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...
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Thinking Like A Soil Scientist

For Teachers 6th Standards
Ready to roll up those sleeves and get your hands dirty? Dirty with soil science content, that is! Overcome those "But it's just dirt" objections with a trip outside to collect soil samples for some in-class analysis. Use the variety of...
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Soils

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students apply knowledge of soil, environmental impacts, economics, multiple human demands, and use given data for a proposed scenario in making land use decisions. They debate land use issues and/or scenarios and discuss a case study.
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Study Jams! Soil

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
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...
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Super Soil

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners compare the organic matter found in soil. In this soil lesson, students compare a commercial garden mix soil to their local soil and determine which has more organic material.
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Does Soil Get Soggy?

For Students 3rd - 4th
Study the properties of soil and water absorption with a science activity. Based on a paragraph with background knowledge on sandy soil, silt, and clay soil, third graders choose which illustration represents a bottle full of sandy soil....
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Building Soil Nature's Way: Exploring decomposition and soil health

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore decomposition and soil health by creating their own garden.  In this agriculture lesson, students build a "lasagna garden" with organic matter found in the area and plant perennials native to their region.  Students are...
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Bill Nye The Science Guy on Rocks and Soil

For Students 3rd - 6th
Rock the classroom with this hip video clip about dirt and rocks! Contents and the process of producing soil and sand are explained in the forest and on the beach. Time, pressure, and high temperatures are introduced as the requirements...
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Why Study Soil?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Some scientists spend their entire careers analyzing and learning about soils. An interesting video lesson provides an overview of what soil scientists do and why. Pupils learn how soil analysis connects to other branches of science and...
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Soils: One of Our Natural Resources

For Teachers 5th - 8th
"God made dirt, so dirt don't hurt!" In fact, dirt is soil, which is an amazingly dynamic material that we cannot live without! Dig into the depths of soil development, topography, and layers with this PowerPoint. The photos are fuzzy,...
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Soil Study

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
It takes a minimum of 500 years to form one inch of topsoil. Young scientists conduct multiple observations and experiments on three different types of soil. The activity leads class members to a better understanding of pH, water...
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Components of Soil and Water Retention

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What type of soil holds in moisture the best? Find out with a guided-inquiry based lesson in which scholars investigate three types of soil—sand, clay, and silt—and the ability of each to retain waiter for plant growth. Learners graph...
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Investigating the Effects of Biochar on Soil Fertility

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Breathe some new life into charcoal. Scholars use biochar to improve soil fertility. They test the effectiveness of this addition by conducting an experiment with soil having 0%, 2%, and 4% biochar.
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Get The Dirt On Soils

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students examine the various soils and list the parts of the ecosystems. In groups, they investigate the soils to determine its texture and the permeability rates. They give examples of how soil information is used to determine human...
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Soil Investigations

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the basics about soil.  In this soil lesson students describe the physical properties of soil and explain what soil profile is. 
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Rooting Into the Soil: Examining the Relationship Between Plants, Soil, And Water

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students, in groups, conduct an experiment to compare how water moves through different soils. They discuss how different soils could have an impact on different plants.
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Soil Nutrients - Phosphorus Lab Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students list sources of phosphorus in soil. They explain how phosphorus is removed from the soil and used by plants. Students list the symptoms of insufficient or excess phosphorus. Students perform experiments to examine the effect of...
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Soil Nutrients - Nitrate Lab Lesson Plans

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners perform experiments to review the importance of nutrients and their affect on plant growth and nutrition. Students explain how nitrogen is removed from the soil and used by plants. They list the symptoms of insufficient or...
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Soil Runoff Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Young scholars find ways to decrease soil runoff for an African Village as a part of a Peace Corps project. In this soil runoff lesson, students play a soil runoff challenge online. Young scholars complete online activities and view a...
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Soil Water Worksheet #1

For Students 5th - 9th
Drawings of four groups of soil particles of varying sizes are displayed across the page for soil scientists to examine. As they complete the learning exercise, place a set of similar soils at each table for hands-on experience. In this...
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Sorting Out Soils

For Teachers K
Sift through soil and learn about why it's important for organic processes. After discussing what makes up soil, such as the living organisms and what types of soil have more nutrients, kids sample layers of mulch and deeper soil to...
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Sustainability: Learning for a Lifetime – Soil

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do great gardeners really have green thumbs—or just really great soil? Environmental scholars discover what makes Earth's soil and soil quality so important through research and experimentation. Learners also develop an understanding of...

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