A fun and meaningful way for your students to learn the 5 characteristics of soil! A 5-door graphic organizer on soil characteristics that breaks the topic of soil into it's 5 main characteristics (texture, color, chemistry, pore space, soil fertility) in a way that will cause your students to interact with and visually see the information, making it more memorable and understandable.
The very first thing you’ll be led to do on the PowerPoint is a quick pre-test with some basic questions about soil, meant to get students to realize they really don’t know much about soil characteristics (yet). At the end of the lesson those same questions will show up, and they’ll be able to measure their progress by how much more they know then.
The Powerpoint will clearly show you and you students exactly how to fold, cut, title, color, and draw to make this graphic organizer.
The first door is soil texture. After titling the door “Soil Texture” and adding a sketch that represents what this means (doing this quiets everyones mind), we’ll fold it down and write 3 facts about soil texture. If your book doesn’t cover soil texture, then just use the facts I listed.
The second door is soil color. On the outside of the door we’ll title it “Soil Color” and draw a box shaded brown that gets darker as it goes down to indicate how soil color changes. Inside that door we’ll write 3 facts about soil color.
The third door is soil chemistry. On the outside of the door we’ll title it “Soil Chemistry” and draw a pH scale range that’s used in soil chemistry. Inside that door we’ll write 3 facts about soil chemistry.
The fourth door is soil pore space. On the outside of the door we’ll title it “Soil Pore Space” and draw what looks like jumbled-up rocks that implies soil pore space. Inside that door we’ll write 3 facts about soil pore space.
The fifth door is soil fertility. On the outside of the door we’ll title it “Soil Fertility” and draw a happy and a droopy flower, implying good and poor soil fertility. Inside that door we’ll write 3 facts about soil fertility.
Key terms: soil characteristics, soil color, soil chemistry, soil pore space, soil fertility