Soil is an amazing substance. A complex mix of minerals, air, and water, soil also teems with countless micro-organisms, and the decaying remains of once-living things. Soil is made of life and soil makes life.
To the farmer, soil is where crops grow.
To the engineer, soil is a foundation upon which to build.
To the ecologist, soil supports communities of living things.
To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.
To the city dweller, soil nurtures grass and gardens. To the soil scientist, soil is all of these things. Soil has been called "the skin of the earth" because it is the thin outermost layer of the Earth's crust.
Like our own skin, we can't live without soil.
Source: Soil Science Society of America
The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides students in grades kindergarten through 12 an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state associations, auxiliaries and agencies. Resource materials, promotional PowerPoint and more can be found on the 2014 DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil poster contest page.
The new DIG DEEPER - Mysteries in the soil education materials are available to order. There is a 10% discount on order of $150 or more placed by March 15, 2014. Enter code soil2014 during the checkout process to receive the discount. Visit the NACD Marketplace to place your order.
Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 27 to May 4, 2014. Visit the stewardship page CLICK HERE
Online Sample packet of NACD Education Materials. Viewable - files are not printable.
PLEASE NOTE: some files are large and may take longer to download to view.
Poster ID for DIG DEEPER Poster Click Here (printable ID)
DIG DEEPER - Mysteries in the soil Educators Guide - DIG DEEPER. Overview of each booklet, next generation science starndards correlation, activities, vocabulary words, literature connections, resources and more. Available to download as a PDF file and printed copies are available from the NACD Marketplace.
Answer key for student booklets. worksheets in the Educators Guide and additional worksheets below.
Poster ID for DIG DEEPER Poster Click Here
Additional worksheets can be found in the educators guide link above.
Grade K-1 - DD_K-1_Worksheet_Plants_Food_Soil_2
Grade K-1 - DD_K-1_Worksheet_Plants_Food_Soil
Grade 2-3 - DD_Gr2-3_Worksheet_Soil_Senses
Grade 2-3 - DD_Gr2-3_Worksheet_Soil_Senses_Earthworms
Grade 4-5 - DD_gr4-5_Worksheet_Soil_Webs
Grade 4-5 - DD_gr4-5_Worksheet_TrophicLevels
Grade 6 and up - DD_Gr6_UP_Worksheet_Minerals (2pages)
Painting with Soil - Click Here
Fun Facts about worms and soil Click Here
Poster ID - DIG DEEPER Poster Click Here
2014 Stewardship Week Information |Click Here|
Download and use the 2014 Stewardship theme for promotional and educational purposes.
DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil (high resolution; low resolution and black and white – also in RPG format on flickr)