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|Grade Level:||Elementary School
Give students the dirt on soil with a practical book that brings new meaning to the term "hands-on." Using these 12 activities and two original stories as guides, kids will soon be up to their elbows in the study of soil formation, habitats and land use, animals that depend on soil, plants that grow in soil, soil science, and soil conservation. Each teacher-tested lesson plan offers helpful background, assessment methods, and suggestions for further exploration.
This book also contains SciLinks--Internet links, housed on an NSTA web site, that we promise to keep up-to-date and relevant to your teaching for as long as the book stays in print!
Ideas For Use
Each lesson has a special emphasis and builds upon previous lessons, although each may be used separately. The lessons include background information and guidelines for conducting the activities. Each lesson is made up of five short activities that correspond to the stages in a student’s learning cycle. The Dig In! learning cycle is adapted from the 5-E instructional model (Perception, Exploration, Application, Evaluation, and Extensions; Trowbridge and Bybee, 1995).
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Science and technological challenges in society
Science process skills
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Parent, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation
How to Use This Book
Maps for Learning
Correlations with the National Science Education Standards
Section I – What Is Soil?
Lesson 1: Soil Searching
Lesson 2: Scenic Soil
Lesson 3: Soil Supreme
Section II – Who Uses Soil?
Lesson 4: Lofty, Level, and Lumpy
Lesson 5: Life on the Land
Lesson 6: Plant a Plant
Story: “The Trees Speak”
Section III – What Lives in Soil?
Lesson 7: Animal Apartments
Lesson 8: Living Links
Story: “Sara, Queen of Corn”
Lesson 9: Watching Worms
Section IV – Where Is Our Soil Going?
Lesson 10: Going, Going, Gone?
Lesson 11: Soil Scientists
Lesson 12: An Outdoor Learning Center
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Resources
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 20 correlations with the National Standards.
- Life Science
- The characteristics of organisms
- Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met. (K-4)
- Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction. For example, humans have distinct body structures for walking, holding, seeing, and talking. (K-4)
- The behavior of individual organisms is influenced by internal cues (such as hunger) and by external cues (such as a change in the environment). (K-4)
- The world has many different environments, and distinct
environments support the life of different types of organisms. (K-4)
- Organisms and environments
- All animals depend on plants. Some animals eat plants for food. Other animals eat animals that eat the plants.
- An organism's patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism's environment, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the physical characteristics of the environment.
- When the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, and others die or move to new locations.
- All organisms cause changes in the environment where they live. Some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, whereas others are beneficial.
- Earth Science
- Properties of earth materials
- Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere.
- Soils have properties of color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of many kinds of plants, including those in our food supply.
- Changes in earth and sky
- The surface of the earth changes.
- Some changes to the surface of the Earth are due to slow processes, such as erosion and weathering
- Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Types of resources
- Resources are things that we get from the living and nonliving environment to meet the needs and wants of a population.
- Some resources are basic materials, such as air, water, and soil.
- Changes in environments
- Environments are the space, conditions, and factors that affect an individual's and a population's ability to survive and their quality of life.
- Some environmental changes occur slowly, and others occur rapidly.
- Science and technology in local challenges
- People continue inventing new ways of doing things, solving problems, and getting work done.
- History and Nature of Science
- Science as a human endeavor
- Science requires different abilities, depending on such factors as the field of study and type of inquiry. (5-8)
- Content Standards
- Quality Teaching
- Deepens educators’ content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately. (NSDC)
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
||Great Soil Investigations
||Reviewed by: Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA) on April 11, 2011
||Using the Atlas of Science Literacy maps as a basis, this book outlines 12 hands-on soil investigations. Students will enjoy "getting their hands dirty" while they learn about the soil, soil usage, what lives in the soil, and where our soil is going. This is an excellent resource for teaching students about a valuable natural resource.
||Reviewed by: Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA) on April 11, 2011
||This book has 36 hands-on fossil activities that will surely get students excited about learning Paleontology. From investigating the armored plates of a stegosaurus to creating fossil art, students will learn about dinosaurs and fossils in fun and exciting ways. This is an excellent resource for getting students excited about learning and will surely engage students!
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