Reflection: Pre-Tests What is Soil? Preassessment and Exploration - Section 3: Exploration


The first lesson in this unit really served me well because it connected back to the plant unit that I taught (gasp!) four months ago! I can't believe it has been that long! But - unfortunately - it showed me how much information is lost over time and how important it is not to assume that students remember everything as we continue to teach. So, as I listened to what students thought was in their soil sample, here were some things I heard and here is what I realized:

*They really don't know what soil is --even though plants need soil to live, and we said it a million times.

*They don't realize that the white things below the plant that is above the soil are the roots that are attached to the plant...even though they are attached.

*They don't know that potting soil has styrofoam balls in it, that are  not rocks (even though they all felt they were soft they still said they were rocks...)

*Some people knew that worms could be in soil and thought the roots were worms, which I thought was valid (even though the worms would have been attached to the plant....and not moving...)

So - ultimately - the importance here is that the students really needed this hands - on experience for me to see where their misconceptions are, but then they really need the same or similar experience again with me telling them what everything is so that they then have that knowledge! I did a lot of asking "What is that?" and "What do you think?" without telling them anything, because this was a preassessment lesson. Now, after I have taught a few lessons, I will repeat this activity and tell them what everything is so that I can clear up their misconceptions!

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What is Soil? Preassessment and Exploration

Unit 8: Soil and Water
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT make observations about soil and compare soil samples.

Big Idea: Students discover that soil looks, feels, and even smells different when it comes from different places!

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Science, soil (Geology), soil chemistry, Plantae, First Grade, 1.E.2.1 Summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils, and water that make them useful in different ways. , soil
  40 minutes
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