Plants and Soil Unit

Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
Plants and Soil Unit
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5 MB|134 pages
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Your students will have fun and get their hands dirty with this interdisciplinary, 134-page unit on soil!

In this comprehensive unit, you will find 131 pages of science inquiries, experiments, posters, assessments, research and writing prompts, graphic organizers, and art projects on soil, compost, worms, and more! Detailed teacher tips are included at the beginning of each section.

The unit has been divided into the following 10 sections:

Section 1: Introduction
Local Soil Collection Letter
Science Safety Contract
Science Journal Cover
Science Discussion Stems for Collaborative Work
What is Soil? Writing Prompt
Soil KWL Chart
Getting to Know Soil Packet
Soil Word Collector
Soil Word Search

Section 2: Compost
Teacher Tips
Compost Reading Comprehension Passage
Compost Cycle Poster
Making Compost Packet
Compost/Recycling/Trash Sorting Activity

Section 3: Types of Soil
Teacher Tips
Sand vs. Clay Investigation
Sand vs. Clay Venn Diagram
Desert Biome Poster
Desert Biome Research Organizer
Desert Writing Prompt
The Desert & Our Senses Activity
Desert Drawing Prompt
Deserts Are/Can/Have Organizer
Desert Reading Passage
Oasis Landform Poster
Oasis Creative Writing Prompt
Adobe House Building Activity
Native American Sand Painting Activity
Layered Sand Painting Activity
Terrarium Project Guide

Section 4: Integrating ELA
Teacher Tips
Soil & Similes Worksheets
Dictionary Skills with Soil Vocabulary

Section 5: Testing the Soil
Teacher Tips
Dry Sample Test
Weather & Soil Writing Prompts
Wet Sample Test
Test Data Recording Sheet
Sand in Water Writing Prompt (2 versions)
What is Humus? Writing Prompt
Sand & Clay Reading Comprehension Passage
Smear Test Activity
Settling Activity
Hand Lens Observation Activity

Section 6: Mystery Mixture
Teacher Tips
Hand Lens Investigation
Settling Investigation
Smear Test
Mystery Mixture Writing Activity

Section 7: Weathering & Worms
Teacher Tips
Weathering & Erosion Reading Passage
Weather & Erosion Venn Diagram
Soil Erosion Experiment Guide
Soil & Water Writing Prompt
Earth Worm Reading Comprehension Packet
Earth Worm Body vs. Human Body Venn Diagram

Section 8: Soil in Action!
Teacher Tips
Potato Plant Experiment Guide
Plant Growth Observation Log
Generic Plant Growth Observation Log
Potato Plant Research Activity
Potato Plant Life Cycle Poster
2 Potato Plant Life Cycle Sequencing Activities
Parts of the Potato Plant Diagram
Labeling the Parts of the Potato Plant Activity
Potato Plant Drawing Prompt
How to Grow Potato Plants Writing Activity
What I Know About Plants Writing Prompt
Seed Observation Activity

Section 9: Synthesizing New Knowledge
Teacher Tips
Compost Check In Organizer
End of Unit Learning Organizer
Comparing Clay, Sand, & Humus
Nature Walk Activity

Section 10: Fun with Soil!
Teacher Tips
Nature Walk Activity
Poetry Activities
Creative Writing Prompt
Soil Song
Edible Soil Horizons
Soil Horizons Poster
Soil Horizons Labeling Worksheet

All activities can be easily adapted for any elementary grade to meet student needs.
Total Pages
134 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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