Becca Hatheway, Kerry Zarlengo, Lisa Gardiner, Sandra Henderson, Lynne Hehr, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
This series of three learning activities take six class periods of 30-60 minutes. Additional materials are required.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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- Timing of the activities may take longer depending on the learners' needs and educator's plans.
- The educator may decide to extend the activities to solicit higher order thinking skills that are supported by observations and the journaling process.
- In the story book there are several teaching notes throughout and a more thorough background at the end of the book.
- There is an extensive teaching guide on the GLOBE unit page.
- This material may be used to enhance and supplement students' access to science knowledge, in a non-science class, through an integrated subject learning process.
About the Science
- Basic geoscience of soil concepts are presented for the targeted age group and academic level.
- Through observations, students explore what soil is made of, how it is formed, what the different layers look like, and how it can vary in different locations.
- The interconnections between soils and living things are established through conversation and matching cards.
- Observation skills, testing and making predictions, are part of the scientific method used in these activities.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- A story-book narrative is used to engage students in the three lessons that are a part of this resource.
- Hands-on inquiry/investigation is emphasized in this resource, including looking at real soils, going outside and digging soil pits, and more.
- The activities include strong discussion and reflection questions to promote understanding as well as further investigations into the subject matters and associated concepts.
- Creative components of coloring and story writing are part of the activities.
- Adaptations are available for older and younger students in all of the activities. There are additional activities for extension on the topics in each of the lessons.
- Though these lessons do not actively address climate science, they help students understand one part of the earth system, and getting kids outdoors at a young age helps build appreciation for the environment, which can, later in life, lead to a desire to help protect the earth.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Soil song link is broken in the resource: actual link.
- There are five language translations available.