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Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, Ks  67205
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Soil Science
Grades: 4-5


The Soil Food Web

This program utilizes hands on learning to highlight the importance of healthy soil. Students will learn about soil, microorganisms, healthy food systems, and the soil food web. Students will work in teams to dig through soil and identify soil dwelling microorganisms and create a model of the soil food web.

**Note that the ability to complete the outdoor exploration component of this lesson is contingent on weather and season. This lesson is best suited for Fall and Spring. In the event of adverse weather there is a fully indoor lesson available.**

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Soil Science class photos

Standards Addressed: KESS3-1: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Essential Learning Targets:

  • Understand the scarcity of healthy soil for growing crops.
  • Understand that healthy soil serves as a diverse habitat.

Essentail Questions:

  • Why is soil important?
  • Why is it important that we maintain a healthy soil ecosystem?

"The Soil Food Web" for teacher reference to what students will learn.

A PDF version of the order information is available here for planning purposes only.

Additional Resources:
Download other PowerPoint presentations below.

You-Eat Dirt