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Layers Of Soil Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan provides ideas for teaching your students about soil layers. Students will learn about the various layers and their composition by engaging in these activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • differentiate between the horizons
  • use content-specific vocabulary to discuss soil layers
  • create a model depicting soil layers

Length

This lesson will take approximately 45-60 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

5-ESS2-1.

Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Vocabulary

  • horizons
  • parent material
  • soil profile

Instruction

Materials needed: pictures of soil layers near the banks of rivers and lakes

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