Inspire and extend a love for playing in dirt.. and hands-on, scientific exploration that branches off into math, history, science, language arts, and knowledge about current events.
This lesson includes 4 introduction, 27 main activity, and 4 conclusion options that are developmentally tailored to meet the needs of children from birth through the upper primary years. PLUS, 18 additional resources to further extend critical thinking.
This one lesson is formatted as choices that allow you and the child to mix and match to find the best way to learn about this topic. Many of these ideas are great to share with parents as activities they can do at home (e.g. share in a monthly newsletter or at a parent-teacher conference to integrate parents into the learning process).
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Lesson Plan Central Questions:
What is soil?
How does this resources interconnect and interact with other living and nonliving things?
What are my responsibilities?
Objectives: The child will be able to…
- Ask questions about use and value resources, particularly soil
- Identify and define soil
Understand how soil is created, used, replaced, enhanced, and/or damaged
- Evaluate and categorize parts of soil
- Compare and contrast how different tools and practices impact soil
- Explore individual and community responsibility
- Use all five senses plus the mind to identify uses for and interactions among organic and non-organic elements found in the soil
- Analyze and evaluate how understanding about soil, from the past to the present, can influence choices within his/her own life
- Plan (and perhaps take) personally meaningful action to use the information to further personal priorities and goals
*Note: This lesson is intended to be fun. Kids can do these activities and be critical thinking and problem-solving skills prior to, during, and after learning using these activities. Therefore, this lesson provides multiple ways to differentiate, learn, re-learn, review, and extend learning by offering a choice board of activity options. Mix and match, or better yet, have the children mix and match to meet their readiness, interest, and learning needs.
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