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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides educational materials on soil science and includes lesson plans, videos and access to the world's largest database on soils.

Postsecondary Elementary High School Middle School

Resources in “USDA Soil Education Resources” Collection

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adopt_a_soil.pdf

Students observe, via Web Soil Survey or SoilWeb, the soil mapped nearest them or some other favorite location. Then, they can go to the Official Series Description to read more about their adopted soil.

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Chemical_Movement_and_Retention_in_Soils.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple classroom demonstration designed to introduce the basics of chemical movement and retention in soils.

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Making_a_Soil_Profile_Card.pdf

This educational activity is designed to introduce the concept of soil profiles and horizons.

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Making_Soils_Fun_Experiments.doc

Variety of simple classroom experiments that help demonstrate soil concepts.

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National Soil Survey Center Videos and Webinars

Educational videos and webinars on soil science and soil survey.

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Soil_Aggregate_Stability_Classroom_Activity.pdf

This educational activity used a simple classroom demonstration designed to introduce the aggregate stability concept. Effects of organic matter, pore space, and biological activity are dramatically demonstrated. This can lead to a discussion of soil structure, nutrient and water availability, infiltration, and erosion susceptibility.

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Soil_Color_and_Structure.ppt

Classroom lesson on soil properties of color, structure and consistence.

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Soil_Drainage_Classes.ppt

Classroom lesson on understanding soil drainage classes.

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Soil_Education_Activity_Soil_Charge.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple demonstration designed to introduce the concept of soil charge.

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Soil_Education_Activity_Soil_Permeability.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple classroom demonstration designed to introduce the concept of soil permeability. Soil texture, the relative proportion of sand, silt, and clay particles in a soil, is a key factor affecting soil permeability.

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Soil_Education_Activity_Soil_Slake_Test.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple classroom demonstration designed to introduce the concept of identification of cemented soil materials.

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Soil_Education_Bean_Plant_Necklace_Activity.pptx

Activity where students make their own bean plant necklace.

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Soil_Education_earthworm_activity.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple demonstration designed to enhance awareness of beneficial soil organisms and their role in the soil ecosystem and the environment.

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Soil_Education_From_the_Surface_Down.pdf

Publication providing an introduction to soil surveys for agronomic use.

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Soil_Education_Lesson_on_Soil_Horizons.ppt

Classroom lesson on the horizons or different layers of soils.

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Soil_Education_Lesson_Redoximorphic_Features.ppt

Classroom lesson on soil redoximorphic features.

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Soil_Education_State_Envirothon_Intro_to_Soils.pptx

Classroom lesson providing an introduction to soil science.

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Soil_Education_Understanding_Soils.pdf

Ten key messages for understanding soils.

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Soil_Erosion_and_Sedimentation.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple demonstration designed to illustrate soil erosion and sedimentation and also presents concepts of using soil cover and minimum tillage to decrease.

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Soil_Fauna_Extraction_Activity.pdf

This simple method is designed to extract live soil micro- and meso-fauna from an undisturbed soil sample using heat.

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Soil_Permeability_Experiment.pdf

This educational activity uses a simple classroom demonstration designed to introduce the concept of soil permeability. Soil texture, the relative proportion of sand, silt, and clay particles in a soil, is a key factor affecting soil permeability.

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Soil_Risks_and_Hazards.pdf

This publication is an introduction to soil conditions that can be risks or hazards for many land uses.

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Soil_Science_Links_for_Teachers.pdf

List of USDA's online resources for teachers and students learning about soil science.

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Soil_Texture_and_Rock_Fragments.ppt

Classroom lesson on soil texture and rock fragments.

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Soil_Texture_Lesson_Plan.pptx

Classroom lesson on the importance of soil texture.

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Understanding_Soil_Health_and_Watershed_Function_A_Teachers_Manual.pdf

This manual focuses on soil biology’s role in the water cycle: specifically, how soil organisms take sand, silt, and clay particles and use them to form a living sponge that soaks up, stores, filters, and slowly releases the water that is necessary for life on land.

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Wetlands__Hydric_soils.ppt

Classroom lesson on wetlands and hydric soils.

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