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The list below are additional lessons and resources that can be a part of your soil learning. Find additional lessons to download to the right.

Soil Science Society of America has 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) 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 including: Soil Site Characterization Selection, Gravimetric Soil Moisture Protocol, Soil Temperature, Bulk Density, Soil Particle Density, Soil Fertility, Soil Infiltration, Soil and Water relationships, Infiltration

Soil Crayons: NRCS 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.

Sing your love of soil: Soil Songs!

Compost Gin: A card game that teaches about compost ingredients and amounts

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

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Curriculum Pages


A fun module that explores basic soil physical properties through the context of a mystery.View PDF

Soil and Water is an old NC 4-H publication, but it still has good information and activities!View PDF
Do you Dig it? From Project Wet - this lesson explores the properties of wetland soils.View PDF
Its Sedimentary My Dear Watson: From the Air and Waste Management Association - students explore turbidityView PDF
The Grass is Always Cleaner: Also from the Air and Waste Management Association - students look at grass as a method for erosion controlView PDF

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