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Is soil an important ingredient in your every day life?
The answer is yes, and here are a few reasons why:
Last night you slept in a building built on soil.
You drink waterthat flows through soil and is cleaned by the soil.
You breathe air that comes partly from plants growing in the soil.
You even wear clothes made from plantsthat grow in the soil.
A Few Facts about Soil
Information provided by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service and listed on the Environmental Protection Agency website at http://epa.gov/gmpo/edresources/soil.html.
Soils Educators Guide (1.2 MB, PDF) - This online interactive guide is full of great resource to use in a classroom or other educational programs. It contains activities, science standards that complement the Dig It! student booklets, literature connections, links to additional soils outreach materials and more. The printed educators guideis also available in quantities of ten from the NACD Marketplace.
Soil Activity Worksheets (linked below) - The K-7 soils education worksheets listed below complement the Dig It! student booklets or are great for use with soils outreach programs.
Soils Topic Book List (PDF) - Looking for books to read to students or add to your library collection? Download this list of books that will give students a better understanding of soils in their everyday life.
Fun Facts about Soil and Worms (PDF) - Use these fun and informative facts as part of an exhibit or question and answers with student or adults. This activity covers the importance of worms and our soil.
Dig It! Logo and Soils Images - Several images that go along with the 2009 Stewardship theme,"Dig It! The Secrets of Soil," use on your website, promotions or publications.
This site has a variety of soil education information from USDA-NRCS and University of IL Exension including fundamental soil concepts, soil biology printer, soil quotes, a help stop soil erosion activity and more.
Dr. Dirt! - Great selection of hands on soil activities to share with students.
Soil Paint Recipe | PDF |
Soil Presentations - Keep the attention of the students and community members you are educating through these catchy presentations on soils!
Soil Texture Lesson - A soil texture lesson, a soil texture analysis experiment and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available from the Utah Ag In the Classroom program.
Soil Color Lesson - A soil color lesson, a soil crayons experiment and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available from the Soil Science Society of America.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Soil Infographic |PDF|