How Much Soil Is There?

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Summary:All living things depend on soil to live. What are some of our important natural resources? Your answers might include materials such as oil, water, coal, trees, animals, and gold. All of those areimportant natural resources, but we often forget to mention one of our most important natural resources: soil. In this activity, students use an apple to represent the earth. Every slice of spple cut (as in the directions) represents a piece of the whole earth (water, land, people, plants, etc). When cutting the piece that represents soil, students learn how soil is a valuable resource that happens to be very small in quantity.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:K-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Systems and system models
Subjects: earth; earth science week; elementary school; geology; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; rocks; soils
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