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Soil Science Education Website
This National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) website provides details about teaching soils in the classroom. There is information for teachers about what soils are, how they form, how they are classified, and what the soil survey does. There are lesson plans and activities on soil erosion, organic matter, soil air, particle sizes, texture, and monoliths. The site offers downloadable poster and PowerPoint presentations, and instructions on how to make a soil testing kit to use with classes. There are also links to K-12 and university soil websites.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Services:
    • Clearinghouse
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-947
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Soil Use and Management'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Department of Agriculture, National Soil Survey Center