Department

Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department

Degree Name

BS in Earth Sciences

Date

5-2017

Advisor(s)

Chip Appel

Abstract/Summary

To increase interest in soil science and other related sciences, educational materials need to be tailored to appeal to younger students. The purpose of this project was to create a soil science lesson plan that could be utilized by the Cal Poly Learn By Doing Lab. Information from several articles, textbooks, lesson plans, and websites was reviewed to create a soil science lesson plan for students in 5-8th grade. The lesson plan focused on the three sub-disciplines of soil science; physical, chemical, and biological. Activities were created to correspond to the three sub-disciplines. Alternate activities were created to allow for substitutions. The concluding activity incorporated the three sub-disciplines by discussing the important processes soil provides for life on earth. The lesson plan was written to be educational, but also entertaining for students and teachers.

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