Students learn about soils and different types of "dirt" in grade 3 in Manitoba. This final culminating activity has them use books and the internet to research a different insect or animal that can help or hinder soil life. Some suggestions are worms, beetles, gophers, etc.
Basic research project that has them looking at pros and cons of their species, creating a visual to present to their peers, and then a final writing activity that helps gage what they learned through their own research and their peer presentations. Covers Science and ELA outcomes.