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GLOBE Teacher's Guide: Soil Chapter DLESE Reviewed Collection
This chapter of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide presents information on how to characterize soil profiles and measure soil moisture and temperature. K-12 students from all over the world are participating in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program by taking environmental measurements at their schools and sharing their data via the Internet. Measurement protocols and data sheets are provided along with background information introducing teachers and students to soil concepts and research questions. Learning activities are also provided along with sections specifically designed to help students use the resulting data to learn about the environment and conduct student inquiry. This chapter includes the following learning activities: Why Do We Study Soil?; Just Passing Through; From Mud Pies to Bricks; Soil and My Backyard; A Field View of Soil; Soils as Sponges; Soil: The Great Decomposer; and The Data Game.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Field activity
    • Lab activity
    • Module / Unit
  • Physical object
Subject:
  • Agricultural science
  • Ecology
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
Cost information is not known
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd449
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Form and function
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Form and function
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: GLOBE Program Office