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  • In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore their ideas about the components of soil.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • recognise that inorganic mineral particles are components of soil
    • recognise that organic matter (including living organisms) is a component of soil
    • recognise that water and air are components of soil
    • justify their choices about what makes up soil.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension ideas
    • student worksheet.

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    Use these articles to aid in discussions on the science ideas and concepts relating to soil

    Image card acknowledgements:
    Pebbles by Joanbanjo. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
    Drops Impact by Marlon Felippe. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
    Clay-ss-2005 by Siim. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
    Leaf litter by Mokkie. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
    Concrete Casting Defect Blowhole by Elgewen – own work. Licensed under Creative Commons 1.0
    Two diamonds by Washington Diamonds Corporation/Inbal-Tania Studio. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
    Turtle plushie by Anil Öztas. Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de
    Microbes, earthworms and dead insects, © University of Waikato

      Published 14 July 2015, Updated 3 June 2020 Referencing Hub articles
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