This 63 paged "Soils in the Environment" is aligned with the Ontario Grade 3 Science curriculum expectations. The overall concepts or big ideas addressed in this packet are as follows:
- Soil is made up of living and non-living things.
- The composition, characteristics, and condition of soil determine its capacity to sustain life.
- Soil is an essential source of life and nutrients for many living things.
- Living things, including humans, interact with soils and can cause positive or negative changes.
Through this activity packet students explore four different types of soil (sand, silt, clay and loam), investigate the characteristics and composition of each type of soil and identify the “ingredients” that make up soil. Students also explore how soil supports living things and how humans use soil on a daily basis for such things as crop growth, construction and even for recreational purposes (e.g., beauty products, pottery making and so on).
This packet includes readings, worksheets, a student mini-book as well as concept posters. The worksheets are based more off of written communication and require students to be able to think and write about soils in the environment.
Please note that the readings that are included in this packet have key terms highlighted and defined on each reading page as well as some colourful pictures that can be printed in black-and-white or colour format.
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