More Soils Curriculum
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The list below is additional lessons and resources that can be a part of your soil learning. Additional lessons below are available to download.
Additional Soil Lessons and Resources
Soil Science Society of America
An exhaustive list of soil lessons and activities, many of which have been peer-reviewed.
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)
The GLOBE program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. Their materials on teaching and learning include a rich unit on soil exploration.
GLOBE Protocols for Soil Labs
Soil Site Characterization Selection, Gravimetric Soil Moisture Protocol, Soil Temperature, Bulk Density, Soil Particle Density, Soil Fertility, Soil Infiltration, Soil and Water relationships, and Infiltration.
Digging Deeper into Soils
Join the conversation about why soils matter! The Soil Science Society of America’s blog on the role soils play a role in every part of our lives: the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear…even the beds we sleep in! Without soil we could not grow forests or food, or build houses. Soils even help clean the air we breathe.
Soil Science Society of America activity, great for soil color and exploration
Hopi Seed Pot (Smithsonian)
Before seeds were commercially available, farmers gathered seeds from their best plants and saved them for planting the following year. To protect these precious seeds, Hopi women make narrow-necked pots from coils of clay. They do not use a potter’s wheel. By using air dry clay and tempera paints, you can make your own seed pot. Start with a fist-sized piece of clay. Shape a base that looks like a shallow bowl. Coils will be added to this base to create the walls of the pot. Coils should be about three-quarters of an inch in diameter. To form a coil, roll a piece of clay between the palms of the hands until the coil is long enough to fit around the edge of the base. Lay the coil onto the base and pinch it into place. Add coils until the pot is the desired height. With dampened fingers, shape the pot and smooth over the joints between the coils. Allow the pot to dry. decorate with paint. Students can bring seeds from foods they eat at home or that they grew in home gardens. Seeds should be dried in a cool, dry place before they are stored.
Compost Gin Card Game
A card game that teaches about compost ingredients and amounts. View Compost Gin video instructions on how to play as well.
Soda Bioreactor (Cornell)
Soda bottle bioreactors are designed to be used as tools for composting research. They are small and inexpensive enough to enable students to design and carry out individualized research projects, comparing variables such as reactor design, moisture content, and nutrient ratios of mixtures to be composted. Or try this: Bottle Biology
Blackbeard’s Buried Treasure
A soil science mystery for middle school students. A fun module that explores basic soil physical properties through the context of a mystery
Soil and Water in North Carolina
This old NC 4-H publication still has good information and activities for today’s 4-H students!
Do you Dig Wetland Soil?
From Project Wet – this lesson explores the properties of wetland soils.
It’s Sedimentary, My Dear Watson
From the Air and Waste Management Association – students explore turbidity, ways in which sediment disturbs organisms, and more.
The Grass is Always Cleaner
Also from the Air and Waste Management Association – students look at grass as a method for erosion control and how sediments enter surface ground water runoff, and more.