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Elementary GLOBE: Getting to Know Soil DLESE Reviewed Collection
A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will make predictions about the properties of various soil samples. Then they will examine several types of soils and record their observations. Next, they will learn about soil profiles and horizons by both examining a soil sample in a jar and by creating a soil profile flip chart. The purpose of the activity is to provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and make observations about soil and introduce students to the properties of soil and to the concept of soil profiles and horizons. After completing this activity, students will know about soil's different properties and about soil profiles. Students will know that soils have different properties including texture, color, and size. They will know that soil forms layers based on these properties.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Book
Subject:
  • Agricultural science
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Mathematics
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Books can be viewed online. Hard copies can be purchased. Copyright UCAR.
DLESE Catalog ID: GLOBE-000-000-000-709
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The GLOBE Program
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