Sorting and Observing Soil
The student is expected to observe, compare, describe, and sort components of soil by size, texture, and color.
The student knows that the natural world includes rocks, soil, and water that can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.
Soil Stories—The Whole Story: SC-NRCS & ESRI-SC Partnership (video) – Engaging explanation of the importance of soil, its components and conservation.
The Dirt on Soil: Discovery Education (website) - Discover the difference between soil and dirt.
S. K. Worm Answers Your Questions About Soil: Children of the Earth (website) – S. K. Worm, official annelid (worm) of the USDA National Resources Conservation Service provides useful information about soil.
Properties of Soil: Baylor College of Medicine (PDF) - Students will describe and discuss the properties of Earth material.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
What Is Soil Made Of? BioEd Online (website) – Students observe, compare, describe and sort soil the components of soil samples, and determine soil texture.
Fun Soil Activities: Bureau of Land Management (website) - Investigate the color, texture and contents of soil with these hands-on activities.
How Does Moisture Affect the Color of Soil? Education.com (website) - Students investigate the soil in their yards or other common locations, and answer the question, “When soil gets wet does its color change, and if so, why?
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
John Muir Study Guide Science Lesson Plan, Soil: Sierra Club (website) - Students observe the properties of soil and learn the various materials from which it is composed.
Give each student several different Earth materials, such as sand, clay, potting soil or humus. Have them draw a picture of each material in their science notebooks and verbally describe the materials’ physical properties, including color, particle size and texture.
Sand and Soil Earth’s Building Blocks. Gurney, Beth (ISBN0778714497)
Soil. Richardson, Adele (ISBN 0736833676)
Properties of Rocks and Soil: University of Missouri, eThemes (website) - Learn about the properties of rocks and soil, how rocks are made, and how soil is formed.
The Scoop on Soils: The Globe Program (website) - Storybook exploring the properties of soil.