Extension Activities

There are many opportunities to extend and expand the activities listed in this module. Several examples are listed below.

Extension 1

Soil Profile/Soil Card Lesson from NRCS: This simple lesson plan shows how to make soil cards from soil profiles.

Extension 2

The Dirt on Soil from Discovery Education: Take a virtual microscopic safari through the soil. Perfect for elementary students. Also includes basic soil information geared toward elementary students, and a field guide.

Extension 3

The GLOBE Program Soils Teacher’s Guide: Protocols targeted at K-12 students for measuring free carbonates and pH, soil particle density and size, water infiltration into soils, gravimetric measurement of soil moisture, and soil fertility.

Extension 4

Use a Munsell soil color chart to quantitatively determine soil color (will cost about $115, available from different distributors such as www.forestry-suppliers.com, www.benmeadows.com, www.wardsci.com or Ebay).

Extension 5

Soil Science Society of America Educational Resources: The Soil Science Society of America’s K-12 committee has reviewed many sites, and compiled a list of online resources found to have high quality materials for lessons and activities at different grade levels. Organized by subject and grade level.


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.