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Agriculture: Soil Discuss this eTheme.

These sites have information about various types of soil. Learn about the components of soil such as sand, clay, silt, and humus, and read how soil is formed and why it is useful to us. There are hands-on activities and science experiments. Includes links to eThemes Resources on erosion, recycling, earthworms, and rocks and minerals.

Grades

  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6

Links

This page has a bulleted list of facts about soil.
Be a detective and solve the soil case while learning more about soil. This is a good site for younger students.
Explore this fun site to learn more about the biodiversity of dirt and the organisms that live in dirt. Be sure to check out the subsections of Dirtland.
Click on "Virtual Tour" to find out what lives in the soil. The text is also available in Spanish.
This site for children has answers to common questions about soil. There is a printable certificate on the last page that awards students for learning about soil and becoming honorary worms.
This is a lesson plan from Utah teachers that has students examine soil and find out what type of material is in it.
Learn the difference between dirt and soil. Also read descriptions of topsoil, subsoil, parent material, and bedrock. Click on "Soil Safari" to play an interactive game based on soil.
Click on "Soil Pit" to read information written for kids about soil. There are other soil topic links on the left side of the page. Includes images.
This page has a diagram showing the different layers of soil. Click on the diagram to go to a blank print out that can be labeled.
Advance through these pages for a story about Sammy Soil. The pages can be printed and colored.
This lesson plan from Utah teachers has students create their own soil and then do an experiment in which they try to grow plants in the soil.
This gardening site explains the importance of having rich soil to grow plants. Click "Next" to advance through the site. The text is also available in Spanish.
Do this experiment to learn what type of soil you have.
Explore this site to find lesson plans, PDF and PowerPoint resources, and lots of factual information about soil.
Here is a list of the twelve main types of soil. Click on the name of a soil order to see a map of where in the world that kind of soil is found and pictures of the landscape it forms.
This interactive site from the United Kingdom has interactive animations and articles about soil for different grade levels.
These sites are about the anatomy of earthworms, what they eat and why they are beneficial. Includes activities and advice on keeping worms in the classroom. Also covers composting with worms.
These sites focus on the process and effects of weathering and erosion. See examples of landslides, valleys, and other results of erosion and weathering. Includes links to eThemes Resources on rocks and minerals and Missouri's landforms.
These sites describe various rocks and minerals. Learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and some of the more common minerals. Includes hands-on activities, games, photographs, and two animated movies. There are links to eThemes Resources on fossils and erosion.
These sites have information about rocks and soil. Learn about their different properties, how rocks are made, and how soil is formed. There are interactive pages, quizzes, and many ideas for in-class activities. Included are three related eThemes resources on soil, rocks, and erosion.
These sites have information on solid waste, composting, and recycling. Read about how paper and plastic are recycled. Includes online games and classroom project ideas. There are links to eThemes Resources on Earth Day and pollution.

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