The following materials include Word, SMART notebook (free download from smarttech), Powerpoint, and Adobe files.

Lesson 1 - Becoming a Soil Scientist

Lesson Plan -
Circle Map Template for Soil Concept Brainstorming -
Soil Science Pretest -
Soil Science Pretest Answer Key -

Lesson 2 - A First Look At Soil

Lesson Plan -
Sorting and Classifying Practice Activity -
First Look At Soil PowerPoint (includes graphic organizer) -
Thought Question Assessment Sheet -

Lesson 3 - Soil Particle Layering

(Uses materials from Delta Soil Science Kit)
Lesson Plan -
Guiding PowerPoint for Lesson Activities -
Mother Nature's Mud Pie Lesson Assessment Worksheet -
Optional Mud Pie Question Cards that accompany the video -

Lesson 4 - Observing Soil Samples

Lesson Plan -
Guiding PowerPoint for Lesson Activities -
Observing Soil Samples Worksheet -
Letter Writing Planning Form -

Lesson 5 - Responding to Farmer Green

Lesson Plan -
Who Am I? Review -
Letter Writing Planning Form -
See Support Materials for Rubric Options

Lesson 6 - Soil For Growing

Lesson Plan -
Organic/Inorganic Interactive Review -
Guiding PowerPoint for Lesson Activities -
Soil Video -
Soil Group Assignment Cards -
Experiment Student Directions -
Grass Growing Lab Sheet -
Thought Question Sheet -

Lesson 7 - Layers of Soil

Lesson Plan -
Website Used - BrainPopJr Land/Soil

Lesson 8 - Soil Layer Fractions

Lesson Plan -
Website Used - Discovery School Soil Down and Dirty
Soil Profile Sheet (accompanies website) -
Soil Layer Fraction PowerPoint -
Soil Layer Fraction SMART notebook (pieces are movable) -

Lesson 9 - Earthworms

(Uses Soil Science booklets from Delta Science Kit)
Lesson Plan -
Guiding PowerPoint (Farmer Green Letter 3) -
See Support Materials for Rubric Options

Lesson 10 - Saving Our Soil

Lesson Plan -
Guiding PowerPoint -
Saving Soil Video -

End of Unit Activities

Review Bingo Student Card -
Review Bingo Student Word List -
Review Bingo Teacher List -
Soil Science Unit Posttest -
Posttest Answer Key (same as pretest) -

Support Materials

For Wikis

Wiki Information and Directions for Teachers!
Kids Directions for Editing Their Wiki Page -

For Friendly Letters

Friendly Letter Rubric Links:
Friendly Letter Rubric #1
Friendly Letter Rubric #2
Friendly Letter Rubric #3
Friendly Letter Rubric #4

Soil Science for Kids - Internet Sites

National Science and Technology Center - Soil for Kids
Discovery School - The Dirt on Soil
Soil Pit
Soil-net.com
Geology for Kids
The Great Plant Escape - Soiled Again!
Soil Science Education
Harcourt SciLinks
Soil Science and Worm Composting