Friday, December 2, 2011

Science is Dirty Work

My students got dirty today while learning about different types of soil.
I gave them a homework assignment to bring in 3 baggies of soil that was gathered from 3 different places.  We then used our soil samples to complete a soil observation book.

In their books, students had to observe different properties of all three soil samples.

They had to describe the color and texture of the soil, and they added water to the soil to determine if the soil held its shape when it was wet.  Students listened to to the soil as they rubbed it between their fingers, and they looked for broken pieces of rocks and other items in the soil.
During the lesson, we had several surprising discoveries!  We found 5 worms and 2 Roly Polies.  I absolutely loved watching my students get so engaged and excited about learning, and I think they will remember this lesson for a while.  I'm sorry that I can't share any of the forms we used, but they are something I bought from AIMS.


Kristen said...

aw cool! I love seeing Science lessons like these--the kids always enjoy them so much!

Mrs. Corbitt said...

I wanted to let you know that I am nominating you for the Sunshine Award!!!

Mrs. Corbitt said...

This sounds fun. Thanks for sharing!!!

Delena Allen said...

I love these kind of days where teaching seems easy and learning is fun. We are having soil labs too.
You deserve the Sunshine Award.
Learn with ME in Grade Three

Kristin said...

Super fun! Love it!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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Mrs. McElhinney said...

Did the observations sheets come with a science kit or did you make them? I have this coming up but the soil around here is starting to freeze. I better hurry and get samples!

faseeh ilyas said...

learning dont have any sort of rule it can be done in any ways..........getting matter.........matters what u learn

Mark Wright said...

Sciene is not a dirty work sometimes it is hard but it is an interesting subject.

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