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 samples to complete an observation book. I found this printable from the AIMS website, which I love!
Students brought their three soil samples to school for a fun science lab. In students’ soil books, they had to observe different properties of all three soil samples. I gave everyone a magnifying glass to make it “official”.
Students had to describe the color and texture, and add water to the soil to determine if it held its shape when wet. Students listened to to the soil as they rubbed it between their fingers, and looked for broken pieces of rocks and other minerals. I found that the most challenging aspect of the lesson was separating observations from inferences. We revisited the difference between an observation and an inference and discussed why it was important to differentiate between the two.
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 scientific processes, and I think they will remember this lesson for a while.