Here is an easy science lesson/center activity for your students to complete. This activity aligns with the first grade science essential standard 1 E.2.2.
This experiment can be taught after identifying soil and why we need soil. For this lesson, please download my FREE "Soil Response Recording Sheet".
To complete this activity, students will need three containers of soil. One container with soil, one container with soil and sticks and one container with soil and grass. After students have observed each container, they will draw a picture of the containers to show how they are different. Students will then add the same amount of water to each container and answer questions about the draining and retaining of the water in the bottom each container.
I hope you can use this resource in your classroom! Please let me know if you have any questions.