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Grades: 1,3, &4

It's ok to get a bit messy! A little dirt never hurt anyone! In fact, it is very important. Without the ground under our feet, we couldn't enjoy all the beautiful plants on the Earth's surface. Let's dig in and explore the components of soil! 

NC Standards

1.E.2.1 Summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils, and water that make them useful in different ways. 

1.E.2.2 Compare the properties of soil samples from different places relating to their capacity to retain water, nourish and support the growth of certain plants. 

1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment. 

1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world. 

3.L.2.4 Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay, and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many earthquakes. 

4.L.2.3 Give examples of how the surface of the Earth changes due to slow processes such as erosion and weathering, and rapid processes such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. 

Cracked Earth


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