#CelebrateWithDE – World Soil Day

Dig deep. Unearth. Excavate. So many of our learning metaphors relate to getting into soil. Celebrate World Soil Day on Tuesday, December 5 by encouraging your students to consider this wonder beneath their feet with the resources below. Since studying soil requires you to get your hands dirty, we have some resources that encourage that – both literally, with a STEM in Action activity, and virtually, with an exploration for every grade level.


Soil: Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Explore dynamic changes to the surface of Earth and the development of one of Earth’s most precious resources: soil. Soil is a mixture of tiny rock particles, minerals, and decayed plant and animal material…
Deep Down and Dirty: The Science of Soil
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Renowned gardener Chris Beardshaw explores where soil comes from, what it’s made of, and what makes it so essential to life.
Soil Detectives
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Core Interactive Text

STEM in Action activity in which students collect and observe soil types, plant seeds, and observe how the plants grow in each type of soil. Students also analyze how each type of soil affected growth of plants and make suggestions about producing healthier soils.


(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Exploration

Earth’s solid surface is made of rocks and soil. Each time you pick up a handful of soil, you see many living and non-living things in it. Which organisms live in soil? How is soil formed? Let’s explore soil.
What’s the Dirt on Soil
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Exploration

It’s hard to notice when you’re digging a hole, but soil has distinct and very different layers. Can you piece together the order of the soil horizons?
Understanding Soils
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 9-12, Exploration

Soil is a heterogeneous mixture of weathered rock, organic matter, air, and water. Different samples of soil have varying chemical and physical properties. This exploration allows students to examine some of the important properties of different soils and use these properties to identify the soil sample.


As students dig through the layers of information about soil and make their own discoveries through the explorations, use the Stem Completion (Canadian Version) strategy to help them contextualize and solidify their learning. Provide sentence stems before, during, and after the activity to prompt focus and assess learning. The SOS strategy Journals (Canadian Version) is also a good way to focus learning during your soil explorations. Encourage students to make drawings and notes of their discoveries as they work individually or in teams.

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