Ch 5: Soil & Erosion Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to create interesting lesson plans and outlines on the topics of soil and erosion. These lessons contain all you need to create engaging discussion topics for your students and best structure your teaching time.

Soil & Erosion Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains lessons on the topics of soil formation and conservation, different kinds of erosion including wind and beach erosion and lessons on mechanical and chemical weathering. The lessons and lesson plans can help you utilize your teaching time with interesting, fun material that your students will enjoy. Use this chapter to help facilitate discussions and strategize your teaching with a less stressful approach.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning soil and erosion lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific soil and erosion topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your earth science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related earth science lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important soil and erosion concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

45 Lessons in Chapter 5: Soil & Erosion Lesson Plans
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Soil Lesson Plan

1. Soil Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will discover the characteristics and agricultural suitability of the a few basic types of soil. They will participate in a growing experiment and will be encouraged to learn about other types of soil.

Types of Soil: Lesson for Kids

2. Types of Soil: Lesson for Kids

Soil is something that is necessary for animals and humans to survive. Learn what soil is, explore different types of soils, and discover what makes some types better for growing plants than others.

Soil Formation Lesson Plan

3. Soil Formation Lesson Plan

In this lesson, we encourage students to manipulate and understand the basic components and processes which help to create soil, and encourage them to explore soil.

Soil Formation: Lesson for Kids

4. Soil Formation: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll discuss the materials needed to make soil--organic matter and parent material. We'll also talk about the two main processes that break down rocks: weathering and erosion.

Soil & Erosion: Definition, Types, Causes & Prevention

5. Soil & Erosion: Definition, Types, Causes & Prevention

One of the most important things that we can do to ensure the health of our crops and nearby ecosystems is to reduce erosion. This lesson explains the relationship between soil and erosion, as well as ways to stop erosion.

Physical Weathering Lesson Plan

6. Physical Weathering Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, secondary students take a deeper look at physical weathering. Using a short text lesson, oral and written reflections, demonstrations and hands-on lab activities, students investigate different types of mechanical weathering.

Mechanical Weathering Lesson Plan

7. Mechanical Weathering Lesson Plan

Teach your students about mechanical weathering with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson defining mechanical weathering and explaining the process and types. Hands-on activities, discussion questions and a quiz round out this lesson plan to make concepts stick.

Mechanical Weathering: Definition, Process, Types & Examples

8. Mechanical Weathering: Definition, Process, Types & Examples

Over time, the forces of the natural environment cause rocks to physically break down in a process called mechanical weathering. Learn how factors, such as wind, water and temperature fluctuations lead to mechanical weathering.

Chemical Weathering Lesson Plan

9. Chemical Weathering Lesson Plan

Chemical weathering has many causes and outcomes. This lesson plan uses a factual video lesson to explain the process to students. An activity gives them a chance to see chemical weathering in action.

What is Chemical Weathering? - Definition, Process & Examples

10. What is Chemical Weathering? - Definition, Process & Examples

Chemical weathering is what happens when rocks are broken down and chemically altered. Learn about the different types of chemical weathering, including hydrolysis, oxidation, carbonation, acid rain and acids produced by lichens.

Wind Erosion Lesson Plan

11. Wind Erosion Lesson Plan

Teach your students about wind erosion with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text defining the term and explaining the three types. Discussion questions, interactive cooperative activities and a quiz are included to increase understanding.

Wind Erosion Lesson for Kids

12. Wind Erosion Lesson for Kids

Although we can't see it, wind is a powerful force that affects the Earth's surface all the time. In this lesson, you will learn what wind erosion is, what types there are, and some of the awesome features created by wind erosion.

Erosion & Weathering Activities

13. Erosion & Weathering Activities

Looking for new activities to add to your Erosion and Weathering unit? This lesson contains ideas that you can modify to fit the needs of your students. These activities range from those requiring very little equipment to those that use a full stream table.

Beach Erosion Lesson Plan

14. Beach Erosion Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about beach erosion. Students will read an informational text explaining beach erosion, what causes it and why it's a problem, discuss content by asking and answering questions, and do an engaging active and take a lesson quiz.

Beach Erosion Lesson for Kids

15. Beach Erosion Lesson for Kids

This lesson discusses the causes and effects of beach erosion. You will learn what causes beach erosion, how human activity affects it, and how coastal areas try to prevent it.

Water Erosion Lesson Plan

16. Water Erosion Lesson Plan

Teach your students about water erosion with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text defining the term and explaining the human impact and the four types of water erosion. Activities, discussion questions and a quiz are included to help your students walk away with a solid understanding of concepts.

Water Erosion Lesson for Kids

17. Water Erosion Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, learn how Mother Nature uses four types of water erosion to move soil and particles from one area to another. You will also find out how humans cause water erosion and the effect it has on Earth.

Soil Conservation Lesson Plan

18. Soil Conservation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides numerous activities, a quiz, and discussion topics and questions that will help students appreciate soil conservation and soil erosion.

Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

19. Soil Conservation: Fighting Soil Erosion With Sustainable Soil Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the causes of soil erosion and the impacts it has on plants and other resources. You will also learn about how erosion is prevented through land use and land monitoring.

Soil Composition Lesson Plan

20. Soil Composition Lesson Plan

If you are discussing soil with your class, use this lesson plan to explore soil composition and layers. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

21. The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

In this video lesson you will learn how soil is formed and what it is made of. You will also learn about how soil is classified and distributed in layers underground.

Garden Lesson Plan

22. Garden Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can help students learn one of the most important skills for survival and self-sustainability. . . growing their own food! With some basic guidelines and delicious motivators, even the brownest thumb can become green.

School Garden Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. School Garden Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan helps students create a classroom plant nursery and learn the skills to expand into a larger school garden where space and resources allow.

Hydroponics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Hydroponics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

How can your students grow things without soil? This lesson plan uses a text and hands-on activities to explain what hydroponics is and types of hydroponics systems, allowing students to learn by doing.

Hydroponics Facts: Lesson for Kids

25. Hydroponics Facts: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you will learn about a method of farming that does not use soil. Hydroponics can be used to grow many of the foods you eat, and has many advantages over traditional farming.

Horticulture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Horticulture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help you teach your students about horticulture. Students will learn about the career of a horticulturist as well as the vocabulary terms associated with horticulture.

Horticulture Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

27. Horticulture Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

In this lesson, you'll learn about the field of horticulture. Read on to find out about what horticulturists are and what they do, and to find out some interesting facts about plants.

Soil Texture Triangle Lesson Plan

28. Soil Texture Triangle Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the soil texture triangle. Students will read a text lesson about the soil texture triangle, practice using the tool with multiple examples, and explore the composition of soil through a hands-on activity.

Soil Texture Triangle: Definition & Use

29. Soil Texture Triangle: Definition & Use

After reading this lesson, you'll know how you can find the type of soil you have with the help of the soil texture triangle. Learn how you can also analyze the composition of your soil with this triangle.

Farming Lesson Plan for Elementary School

30. Farming Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What are farms and how do they impact our daily lives? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight important facts about farms before an activity gives students a chance to formally thank local farmers.

Agriculture Lesson Plan

31. Agriculture Lesson Plan

Educate your students about agriculture with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related follow-up quiz to test their comprehension, and participate in three fun hands-on activities to reinforce main concepts.

Soil Conservation Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Soil Conservation Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Increase student understanding and awareness of soil conservation with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains key concepts about soil conservation, do experiments to deepen their understanding, and create a model of conservation methods.

Soil Conservation: Lesson for Kids

33. Soil Conservation: Lesson for Kids

Humans need soil to survive, but each year we are losing large amounts of it. In this lesson, discover how humans and nature damage the Earth's soil, and what we can do to save it.

Soil Conservation Activities

34. Soil Conservation Activities

Soil erosion wreaks havoc on our environment, and soil conservation is the effort to prevent erosion and improve the quality of soil. Use these hands-on activities to help your students understand how soil erosion happens and what people are doing to stop it.

Soil Erosion Activities

35. Soil Erosion Activities

Erosion is one of the amazing things that happen in nature and to the soil. These exciting, hands-on soil erosion activities demonstrate the major types of erosion that can occur throughout the Earth.

Soil Formation Activities

36. Soil Formation Activities

Soil formation can be a dry topic for students in science classes. Making the lesson hands-on is an important step in helping students understand the many processes that go on to form the soil they walk on. Here are some suggested activities to get you started.

Properties of Soil Activities

37. Properties of Soil Activities

Are your students learning about the properties of soil? This lesson contains several activities that students can engage with both indoors and outdoors. Each activity is flexible enough to be taught at several different developmental levels.

Types of Soil Activities

38. Types of Soil Activities

Soil comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be found every where in the United States. These soil activities will reinforce the idea that not all soil is the same and it is important for our every day living.

Soil Layers Activities

39. Soil Layers Activities

Students are sure to 'dig' the activities found in this lesson. The ideas outlined here will engage students in learning about soil layers in meaningful, hands-on and minds-on ways.

Soil Enzyme Activities

40. Soil Enzyme Activities

Having the right balance of enzymes can make a big difference in soil health and growth potential. This lesson offers activities that make it fun to teach and learn about soil enzymes.

Runoff Lesson Plan

41. Runoff Lesson Plan

Give your students a solid understanding of runoff with this lesson plan. Students will watch and discuss content in a video lesson, do a runoff demonstration, research runoff in their community and take a quiz.

Beach Lesson Plan

42. Beach Lesson Plan

Beaches are popular places to visit, but there is much more to learn about beaches besides building sandcastles. Teach your students all about beaches with a simple text lesson before they use the activity to demonstrate their understanding.

What is Soil? - Lesson Plan

43. What is Soil? - Lesson Plan

Educate your students about soil with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson about soil, take a related follow-up quiz to reinforce concepts, and also participate in an interesting hands-on activity to tie together newly learned concepts.

Erosion Lesson Plan

44. Erosion Lesson Plan

Working with your students on soil and erosion? Use this Study.com lesson plan to explain what erosion is, teach the types of soils and erosion, and explain the effects of erosion. Examine how to prevent erosion, then follow up with a fun hands-on activity.

Agricultural Education Science Project Ideas

45. Agricultural Education Science Project Ideas

Use these projects with middle or high school students studying the science of agriculture. Each project is research-based and hands-on, engaging students from the start of the project to a creative final product they can take pride in.

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