#CelebrateWithDE – World Soil Day

World Soil Day, celebrated annually on December 5, is a global day to raise awareness of the importance of soil as a critical component of our ecosystem.

Soil is a mixture of tiny rock particles, minerals, and decayed plant and animal material. It is the part of the ground in which plants grow, and without soil, there would be no plants on the land. Without plants, there would be no animals or people! Soil is a renewable resource – however, the erosion of soil happens quickly when soil is unprotected. Soil is unprotected when forests are cut down or farmland is left bare. Although soil is renewable, it takes many years for soil to form, so it is important to conserve this resource.

Help students understand the importance of soil and discover career opportunities in soil science with these Discovery Education Streaming and Science Techbook resources.

Second Annual Let it Grow Contest

The Let It Grow Contest invites teachers and community adults to vote daily for a school of their choice to win a grand prize of a $5,000 agricultural grant and an introduction to a local agronomist! In addition, five runners up will win a $1,000 agricultural grant and the chance to receive a celebratory winner event! Find out more and enter

Featured Resources


Soil Content Collection

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook

Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Explore dynamic changes to the surface of Earth and the development of one of Earth’s most precious resources: soil. In this Content Collection, learn about different types of soil, about sustainable farming practices, such as contour farming and planting cover crops, and find out about how the study of soil is related to growing plants, protecting the environment, understanding how Earth changes over time, and even predicting the weather.


soilAll About Soil

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook

Video, Grades K-2, 3-5

Soil is an important natural resource that provides the foundation for life on earth. Learn how soil is formed, soil types and properties, and how soil gives us food, building materials, and things we use every day.


all_about_soilScience in Progress: The Importance of Soil

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook

Video, Grades 9-12

Investigates the importance of soil by looking at its characteristics, ability to decompose organic materials, and role in the carbon cycle. Due to natural and unnatural disturbances in soil, erosion has become a concern for conservation scientists.


smapProfiling SMAP

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook

Video Segment, Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Presents an overview of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite and how it monitors water levels on Earth. Soil moisture plays an active role in the water cycle and this mission monitors soil moisture globally to track water levels around the world to help us better understand the mobility of water from one place to another.

layers_soilCareers in Soil Science

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook

Activity, Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-9, 9-12

Presents activities and information that will help students evaluate and consider a career in soil science.


ground_upFrom the Ground Up: The Science of Soil Virtual Field Trip

Discovery Education Streaming

On-Demand Virtual Field Trip, Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Journey to Bomke’s Farm for a virtual field trip that identifies the process of farming corn, soybeans, and pumpkins. The program also summarizes the farming lifestyle, the machinery used to farm, and the soil composition of different soils found in the United States.


science_allianceDiscovery Science Alliance: Recycling Soil

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook

Video, Grades K-2, 3-5

Offers a look into the importance of soil. The program assesses the role of soil in plant growth and reveals how earthworms work to break down organic material in soil. Students of the Science Alliance Academy work together to make a worm bin in order to recycle soil.


Please note: the specific resources available to you will depend on the Discovery Education services you are licensed to access.Save


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