In a Speck of Soil

There’s lots going in the school garden! Connect your students’ garden experiences with science—soil science!

Soil is like a thin living layer of skin covering the land. Everything we come into contact with on a daily basis can be traced back to soil. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth.


Read aloud the book Jo MacDonald Had a Garden. Youngsters learn about garden ecosystems and stewardship through this playful adaptation of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

Then have them examine garden soil through observation and using scientific tools. Soils are complex mixtures of minerals, water, air, organic matter, and countless organisms that are the decaying remains of once-living things.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Complete directions, as well as extension activities, are provided in a PDF of “In a Speck of Soil” created by author Mary Quattlebaum. Your students will become “scientists” as they investigate the soil.

Common Core Standards (ELA K-2)
Reading Literature: Craft and Structure (K.5, 1.4, 2.4)

Next Generation Science Standards (DCI K-2)
LS-1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes
LS-2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
PS-1: Matter and Its Interactions


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