Plant and Soil Science Teacher Resources

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It's Just Dirt

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students discover how seed germination varies according to the soil type. In this soil science lesson, students discuss what plants need in order to grow and investigate various types of soil. Students use their senses to describe each...
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Choosing A Career

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Careers in science aren't limited to labs. Pupils learn about different aspects of careers in agriculture through the lens of several scientists. The scientists talk about how the field of soil science is a growing in this important...
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Soil Type and Management

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars study the basics of soil science. They research and gather data through readings, videos, and performance of laboratory investigations. As a team they generate oral and written recommendations for the amendment of soil.
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How Much is Dirt Worth?

For Teachers 7th
Dirt is worthless, isn't it? Find out the true value of dirt, and by dirt I mean soil. The class explores what makes soil, the types of soil, and what happens when soil becomes void of its nutrients. There are several great activities,...
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Don't Mix Me Up (Growing Plants in Different Soil Mixtures)

For Students 4th - 5th
In this science worksheet, students investigate the best type of soil mixture which will produce the fastest growing plants. Using one or more of the 10 soil "recipes" students grow plants and observe which plants grow healthiest....
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Save Our Soil

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
In this nature worksheet, learners read about how to save soil. Students play a board game where the first student to reach the planted forest is the winner.
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Getting the Dirt on Soils

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Pupils examine soils and the components that make them up. In this hands-on soil science instructional activity, students receive soil samples and must identify the various aspect which make up soil.   
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SOIL

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders name the various materials that comprise soil, including weathered rock and other organic matter; and explain that soils differ in their color, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of many...
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Beautiful Soil

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover what are the components of soil. They examine how it is formed and it's importance. They engage in garden activities and processes. They hold a handful of garden soil and describe what they see. They take a...
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Under Our Feet

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students investigate the forest ecosystem to learn of the living and non-living elements of the soil. In this ecosystem lesson plan, students examine soil for twigs, moss, fungi, leaves, roots and other matter.   Students complete a...
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Ag in My Community; Agriculture

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students build knowledge about agriculture as it relates to their communities' commodities.  In this agriculture lesson, students brainstorm about conditions in their community with regards to growing different types of crops. Students...
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Layering the Soil

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study and classify soil. In this soil science lesson, students classify soil by texture and size and study soil horizons. Students label the soil types with their specific soil horizon and learn about permafrost. Students...
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Eggshell Garden

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students fill empty eggshells with potting soil and place the eggshells in an egg carton. In this science lesson, students plant seeds in each shell and using popsicle sticks mark what is planted.
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Do Some Research: 8

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
In this soil and plant growth research activity, students read the sentence and research in the library or on the Internet to find the answer and then write it on the blue line. Students then write a short report about this topic: the...
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Polluted Soil

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students take plants of their own choice and pollute the soil with a pollutant of their own choice or one assigned by the teacher. They regularly record observations such as plant growth, health, and soil pH.
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Should Soil Be Sterile?

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Learners determine if the sterilization of topsoil is beneficial to seed germination and plant growth. They grow plants alongside control groups, make and record observations of plant growth and measure plant biomass.
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Properties of Soil

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate the properties of soil. For this soil composition lesson, 3rd graders bring in soil samples from their homes and write observations for each sample. Students study the texture and color of the samples and...
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Bikini Bottom Experiments

For Students 4th - 6th
In this science worksheet, students read the description for each experiment and use their knowledge of the scientific method to respond to each of the questions. Then they write an experiment to test bubble power of the bubble gum...
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Secrets to Healthy Soils

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students complete an experiment to learn how healthy soil affects healthy food. In this healthy soil lesson, students work in groups to collect soil from their school. Students observe the soil for life and record the invertebrates they...
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Let's Start Growing

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scholars investigate how a tree grows from a seed. In this plant biology lesson, students use potting soil, tree seeds, and a paper cup to observe seeds growing into plants. Young scholars record observations in their science...
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Soil, Plants, and the Energy Cycle

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine soil conservation. In this soil conservation lesson, students determine how much bio-fuel can be produced by different plants. 
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Playground Pounding

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students view photographs depicting soil compression. They use soil and sponges to observe how soil can be compacted, and its implications.