Second-Grade Soil Scientistsby: Lori Gibb

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After careful self-examination, the author revamped her soils unit to include a connection to the real world. As a result, students began to understand the importance of what they were learning, used higher-order thinking skills, and made connections to the world around them. This article describes how these successful changes were implemented, and in the process, transformed second-grade students into soil scientists.

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  • on Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:18 AM

This is an excellent article on how a teacher improved her soil unit. She invited a soil expert into her room to start off the unit. This was followed by several excellent activities which are described in detail in this interesting article.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:14 PM

In this article, the author outlines an excellent hands-on lesson that engages second grade students in an investigation of soil. The investigation goes beyond the typical "soil lesson" by incorporating worms and composting into the lesson. Additionally, students record their results in journals by writing and drawing the results of their investigations providing an outstanding opportunity for cross-curricular learning.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

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