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Elementary GLOBE: We all need soil! DLESE Reviewed Collection
A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will explore three activities that promote understanding of and respect for soil. They will generate responses to the following questions: "What makes up soil?" and "What lives in the soil?" Next the students will watch a demonstration of how much soil there is on Earth that is available for human use. Last they will create their own soil connection sentences. The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to the importance of soil and why it needs to be studied, to help students understand how much soil is available on Earth for human use, and to help students understand the connection between soil and how it is used by living things. After completing this activity, students will understand the importance of soil science, comprehend the relative amounts of usable soil that exists on Earth, and learn the function of soil as it pertains to animals, plants and humans.
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
  • Agricultural science
  • 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-000-000-000-711
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The GLOBE Program