Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Soil Secrets - What's in Soil? - Section 3: Small Group Instruction


Nature is what it is, sometimes dirty and always interesting...

Matching the right strategy with lessons can be a challenge, but an enjoyable one.  With this lesson, I worked to create a learning opportunity that was both realistic and meaningful.  By that, I want to teach my students things that matter to them they can apply to real life to better develop and understanding of the 'Big Picture'.  So when I reflected on things that comprised soil, I took it down to it’s basic level- what’s ‘inside’.  It may sound simple, and yet (as is typical with my lessons!) I really wanted them to get their hands dirty- literally.  I wanted them to break apart pieces of soil, bang a few small rocks together to see what falls off, and look closer to find the animals and plants.  When we give them permission to use their fingers, eyes, magnifying glasses, simple observations, and recordings, we give them permission to integrate their ideas with those of more experienced geologists.  Often, the results are very similar.  Providing them with that kind of credibility at this age means that they have a future in science, professional or not. 

  Dig In, Get Dirty!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Dig In, Get Dirty!
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Soil Secrets - What's in Soil?

Unit 8: Guardians of the Ground
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: Students will conduct an observation and experiment to explore the origins of soil.

Big Idea: Why does the origin of soil matter?

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